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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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