Thursday, October 27, 2005

The Safety Catalyst: Changing Perceptions Toward Safety Change

Making safety work for everyone by changing your perception of safety ...

"Changing employees' safety behaviors may be most successful when safety managers are open to changes in the way they operate.

Change is the name of the game for safety leaders. On one level, our mission is to help others change how they accomplish tasks at work and home, to look ahead to see possible consequences and to make adjustments to avoid injury.

The essence of organizational safety in the past century dealt with reducing (or eliminating) hazards. These efforts need to continue. As new equipment and substances arrive at the workplace, we have to anticipate and minimize their potential negative impacts on workers.

But in many companies, eliminating external risks has already been addressed to a significant degree. The low-hanging fruit has been harvested. Even here, there's only so much risk reduction that can be cost-effectively accomplished. Much as we'd like, there may be no feasible way to reduce weather exposures for our outside delivery people, totally shield workers from noise and high-speed machinery or stop poor random drivers from interacting with our people coming to work."   continued ...   (Via Occupational Hazards)

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

Changing perceptions about safety.

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