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.