Make Safety Personal
I understand safety from a worker AND management perspective.
In these articles I will share my experiences with you.
I was lucky enough to meet and attend a seminar about Risk Homeostasis by Gerald J.S.Wilde Ph.D, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. His book “Target Risk” is available from his website.
Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (OHSMS) do deliver results, but they are not the full story in terms of driving incidents down. No matter how much consultation occurs, policies and procedures may still be seen as being imposed by management. Employees may publicly state support for these procedures, but this does not necessarily reflect how they feel about them privately, or how they act.
People can be “set in their ways”. This does not mean however that they cannot change. Neuroplasticity says that a brain can reorganize itself, both physically and functionally due to e.g. environmental and emotional factors.
A person may only lower their level of risk taking if the motivation to do so, comes from within. I.e., a person may lower his/her level of risk taking if he/she, at a deeply personal level, believes it is the right thing to do. Not because they were told to do so by others.