Safety Differently is the name given to a movement within the safety industry that challenges organisations to view three key areas of their business differently – how safety is defined, the role of people, and the focus of the business.
The term ‘Safety Differently’ was first coined in 2012 by Griffith University professor and best-selling author, Sidney Dekker. Since then, the movement has continued to gain traction and is now backed by its own research lab, along with multiple books, and a documentary.
In order to understand the theory behind Safety Differently, we must first consider how modern organisations currently approach health and safety. Dekker argues that traditional safety thinking is underscored by three main principles.