The 10 Stuff-Ups We All Make When Interpreting Research

“UNDERSTANDING RESEARCH: What do we actually mean by research and how does it help inform our understanding of things? Understanding what’s being said in any new research can be challenging and there are some common mistakes that people make.

Have you ever tried to interpret some new research to work out what the study means in the grand scheme of things?

Well maybe you’re smart and didn’t make any mistakes – but more likely you’re like most humans and accidentally made one of these 10 stuff ups.”


Better to admit

A Practical Guide To Critical Thinking By Greg R. Haskins

Professionals need to develop themselves into “Critical Thinkers.” The more you know about this the easier it is to evaluate what to believe in and strive for.

I found this very interesting as a “Practical Guide.”


“This paper presents a concise introduction to critical thinking.  It is intended as a handy tool to help anyone evaluate or develop sound reasoning and arguments.”



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Correlation does not imply causation – If you don’t understand this STOP quoting “Statistical Evidence” to PROVE your point!


“Just because there are gifts under the tree Christmas morning doesn’t mean Santa is REAL.” Alan D. Quilley

Correlation does not imply causation is a phrase in science and statistics that emphasizes that a correlation between two variables does not necessarily imply that one causes the other.[1][2] Many statistical tests calculate correlation between variables. A few go further and calculate the likelihood of a true causal relationship; examples are the Granger causality test and convergent cross mapping.

The counter assumption, that correlation proves causation, is considered a questionable cause logical fallacy in that two events occurring together are taken to have a cause-and-effect relationship. This fallacy is also known as cum hoc ergo propter hoc, Latin for “with this, therefore because of this”, and “false cause”. A similar fallacy, that an event that follows another was necessarily a consequence of the first event, is sometimes described as post hoc ergo propter hoc (Latin for “after this, therefore because of this”).



When Theory and Reality Don’t Agree…It is NOT Reality That is WRONG!

So many traditional safety theories are so very wrong and not supported at ALL by modern evidence. Hard to help people let go of their sheeple beliefs and behaviours. We’ll keep trying! 🙂


What Makes an Effective Safety Professional? – GREAT Thought provoking article!


Wonderful series from Liam Moran!


The challenge will be (and always is) to find the universality in the features of effective. As noted, far too many in the old guard believe that the new world is like and will continue to be like their old one. “International” is changing and changing fast.

By the time an “international” standard on anything is developed through “consensus” it is all but out dated. At best, it can only be “mediocre” because of the very process used.

The new world moves fast and furious and the old models of attempting to find one-system that fits all is really a waste of human energy. Experiment and work with general principles. Use your own evidence because waiting for the miracle cure to be resolved by committees of people (no matter how well intentioned) is really over.

“What is an effective leader in any human endeavor?” is probably generally universal. However unless you are writing a historical piece what will work in the future may not (actually it is almost guaranteed) not to be what worked in the past. Ethics is a wonderful thing…the question is whose ethics are you talking about?

As the world population shifts so will what we “internationally”, think about as ethical.

It was interesting to me that in India’s recent election at “a toilet for everyone” was a campaign issue. How does THAT fit with “safety excellence?” An effective safety professional in the world of 5 years ago will do how well in the world in 5 years from now? Thinking that the North American/European model of health & safety will work in Asia is anybody’s guess…

Just some things to consider…standing still is NOT an option…actually never was. Is there an app for that? Wait a minute and there will be…

BTW there are 100 minutes of youtube video loaded EVERY minute…it’s not hard to keep up, it’s impossible!

The 12 cognitive biases that prevent you from being rational…explains a lot of observed human behaviour doesn’t it?

“Some social psychologists believe our cognitive biases help us process information more efficiently, especially in dangerous situations. Still, they lead us to make grave mistakes. We may be prone to such errors in judgment, but at least we can be aware of them. Here are some important ones to keep in mind.”

In the News : European Parliament pilot project on health and safety of older workers.

“The European Commission has concluded a delegation agreement with EU-OSHA on a pilot project on the health and safety of older workers. According to this agreement, EU-OSHA will assist the Commission in implementing a request by the European Parliament on this topic. The pilot project began in June 2013 and runs until the end of 2015.

The project, Safer and healthier work at any age – occupational safety and health (OSH) in the context of an ageing workforce aims to assess the prerequisites for OSH strategies and systems to take account of an ageing workforce and ensure better prevention for all throughout working life. The results will assist policy development and provide examples of successful and innovative practices. In doing so, the work aims to highlight what works well, what needs to be done or prioritised and to identify the main drivers and obstacles to effective implementation of policy initiatives in this area. The project builds on existing European work on sustainable work, for example, that of Eurofound.

The project is investigating:

• OSH policies, strategies, programmes and actions in relation to older workers in EU member states and beyond
• policies, strategies and actions regarding employability and return-to-work in member states and beyond
• case studies of support programmes and initiatives at the workplace
• views of OSH stakeholders, employers, workers and worker representatives exploring their experiences, motivations, needs and challenges
• tools and guidance to assist workplaces in managing OSH in relation to an ageing workforce
• gender-related issues

An afternoon meeting to report on progress took place on 2nd of December 2013 in the European Parliament. A report of the meeting, including the presentations, is available here. A conference is planned for June 2015 to present and discuss the draft final report, its findings and proposals for policy and practice.”

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