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complacency in safety toolbox talk

TOOLBOX TALK ON COMPLACENCY

Complacency is the feeling of quiet pleasure or security, often while unaware of some potential danger or defect.

In the workplace, complacency will make a worker have a feeling that he is always safe while working. Maybe they have been doing that type of work for a long time. The worker does not care about being cautious while they work. 

Complacency is one of the ways workers can get injured at work.

The fact that you have a good number of experience at work doesn’t make the work hazard-free. It doesn’t equally prevent an accident since accidents are unplanned, unwanted and unannounced events leading to an injury.  

How can you tackle complacency while at work?

  • Always have a daily safety brief before the start of work. Discuss the hazards associated with the work and the control measures among the workers involved.
  • Conduct unsafe act auditing from time to time to checkmate unsafe practices emanating from complacency. 
  • Ensure that all workers wear their protective equipment (PPE).
  • If there are Job safety analysis (JSA) for the work, discuss it before engaging in the work.
  • Take a few moments to think about the safety aspect of the work you’re about to do.
  • Take measures to control any identified hazards before the start of the work.
  • Ensure training and retraining of workers to equip them with best safe practices to do their job.
  • Ensure adequate supervision and monitoring at the work site. the work 
  • Report all incidents, and near-misses in the task you’re doing.
  • Ensure you engage in housekeeping at all times and not just at the close of the work shift.
  • Communicate safety measures more to workers at all times.

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