Sunday, March 06, 2005

Tech-savvy companies need safety too

Ten tips for creating a safety culture

When developing a positive safety culture in technologically advanced environments, organizations should take a macro-level perspective that involves the whole organization and not just individual workers, according to an article in Ergonomics By Design. The authors admit some of it may seem like old news, but they argue it is worth hearing again as experience shows most research findings do not make it into the real world.

* Send appropriate signals that safety matters
* Make people believe in safety
* Promote error checking and encourage continuous learning
* Encourage open communication
* Search for solutions
* Encourage documentation of errors
* Prepare people through training
* Measure/assess safe behaviors
* Reward the right behaviors
* Promote teamwork.

Safety - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

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