Friday, September 29, 2006

Safety Catalyst: Stressing Safety

Stress can cause accidents ...

"Are you doing more but enjoying it less?

A significant majority of leaders in my seminars agree there is more stress now than in the past – and that this adversely affects safety performance.

No question, the pace of change seems faster, information can be overwhelming and the demands of living more intense. Some people find themselves: Working a 40-hour week – by Wednesday; pleased to be doing the work of only two people; turning to coffee as a drug of necessity.

There are several definitions of stress, but, in my experience, when people say they're "stressed," they really mean they're feeling "out of control."

You know the feeling. You are dog-tired at the end of the day but are not able to sleep because your mind is racing. You find yourself saying you should do one thing (e.g., lose weight, exercise) and avoid doing others (lose temper, take it out on family), but are not able to make yourself comply.

If we can't control ourselves, how can we effectively influence others?

Stress = Accidents"    (Continued via Occupational Hazards)    [Ergonomics Resources]

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