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The Safety View: Adversaries or Allies, Uncertainty and Safety

By Tamara Parris
Published: September 4, 2020 | Last updated: November 4, 2021 03:53:49
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Join us as in Lisa Lande opens a discuss around "The Safety View: Adversaries or Allies, Uncertainty and Safety" on the Safety View!

Our host Lisa Lande, Ph.D will lead our discussion about how we are facing uncertainties like never before, within and across nearly every system at play: human, social, political, economic, ecological, biological, societal, geo-political, educational, organizational.

It is curious to consider how our sense of safety, both today and tomorrow, is impacted, even shaped, by uncertainty. Is the new normal, “never normal”, as Peter Hinssen proposes? (See his video here: And if safety is more often and easily accessed under “normal” and static conditions, what happens to safety if there is no consistent state of normal? How then do we attain safety? Do we find a new equilibrium – a new normal that allows for a sense of safety – once we’ve effectively adapted to the VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous) in our environment? Does uncertainty and VUCA act as friend or foe to safety, strengthening it or threatening it? And finally, is there possibility that uncertainty and safety might even be experienced simultaneously?


We will start the discussion by exploring these questions:

  • How does uncertainty impact safety?

  • How is our sense of safety altered - expanded or diminished - through our experience navigating through uncertainty?

  • What is the role of resilience in this context and how do we foster it?


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Each one-hour session is hosted by an expert or stakeholder in safety performance. And each session invites all attendees to participate, listen, and learn from each other and through conversation and shared experiences. Collectively, we explore the human system’s impact on safety and performance - relationally, psychologically, and socially.

After a brief introduction to the topic and sharing of relevant research, the floor will be open for group conversation. We invite ALL to share their thoughts, and will openly embrace - actually encourage - different perspectives. We really want to hear from all, from those who can share measurable, scientific concepts, those who have knowledge gained from experience, and those who intend to learn and understand more.

Group Rules of Conduct:

  • Build each other up to encourage and grow our ideas. Our group goal is to learn, share and expand our views.

  • If you disagree, first repeat what you heard and get acknowledgement that you understand what others have tried to propose.

  • Use "I think", "feel", "have discovered" during respectful rebuttals of others opinions and ideas.

  • Be prepared to agree, to disagree as views will be different.from our own and we want to nurture others.

Regular Hosts of the Safety View are:

Rosa Carrillo author of The Relationship Factor in Safety Leadership, safety leadership consultant, MS in Organizational development.

Lisa Lande, Ph.D., Principal Consultant at Petricher Consulting, LLC, licensed psychologist, human and organizational factors; safety, culture and leadership coach and consultant.

Tamara Parris, Community Development, Bachelors of Social Work, Occupational Health and Safety, and Emergency Management.

Please share out the below details on Social with your network! It all happens every 1st Thursday of the month at 11 a.m. EST, 4 p.m. GM Register Now


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Written by Tamara Parris

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Tamara Parris is the VP of Community and Business Development at Safeopedia, and owner of EHS Professionals Group on LinkedIn. Her passion is working with other EHS Professionals to collaborate in thought leadership, networking and connecting our industry peers to resources that will increase profitability and safety practices within their workplaces. Tamara has been in the Health and Safety field for over 20 years, her industry experiences include the Construction sector, CCTV and Security, and Commercial Retail industries.

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