Wilson Bateman’s 7 Safety Habits That Could Save Your Life is a wonderfully organized manual that provides safety information in a fresh way. Taking a cue from existing self-help books, Mr. Bateman applies the efficiency of the self-help approach to safety science.
The result is an easy-to-understand collection of the most important safety information available, organized in a way that readers can actually remember.
In addition, as is the case with self-help books, the presentation not only communicates but also encourages the reader to contemplate, to ask questions, to get to the heart of why safety is so important, and in the process, reach a new level of understanding about this critical subject.
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7 Safety Habits
1. Think Safety's H.A.R.D. (Hazard Assessment Risk & Duty)
Human Factors Issue: We often underestimate the hazard and overestimate our abilities. Why? In most cases, errors are rare and usually minor.
Increased focus on Serious Injury & Fatality (SIF) Prevention.
2. Wear the Gear
Human Factors Issue: We make assumptions rather than consider the facts. This technique helps to develop a questioning attitude. Have we considered all the controls? What approach will we use to address human factors?
3. Avoid the Shortcuts
Why do we take shortcuts? Human tend to be task-orientated. We want to get the job done. Sometimes it's a habit. An unconscious pattern of behavior.
4. Send the Message
What safety message do you send? What does your team hear?
People err, even the best people make mistakes.
People achieve a high level of performance because of encouragement.
5. Support the Team
Who is on your team? What are the team members roles and responsibility?
6. Recognize the Blame Game
Human Factors Issue: The Blame Game impacts many organizations in a negative manner. Use the H-FILEs Disc as a new way to address human factors and consider the Blame Game.
7. Situational Awareness
What is SA and how does it apply to you?
Situational awareness is defined as the accuracy of a person’s current knowledge and understanding of actual conditions compared to expected conditions at a given time.
The situation awareness tools described above, improve an individual’s ability to detect unsafe conditions.
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