A focus on individual behaviours is not the most effective approach to address workplace health and safety, unless all other necessary measures have been taken. Addressing behaviours should not be used to compensate for poorly-designed work or workplaces. This article outlines the importance of the Hierarchy of Controls to determine the most effective measures to address workplace health and safety, and considers the position of individual behaviours within this hierarchy.
The 'ironies of automation' refers to a set of unintended consequences as a result of automation, that could detrimentally affect human performance on critical tasks. Automation might increase human performance issues, rather than eliminate them.
This article was prompted by the 2019 television drama series 'Chernobyl', and focuses on human error, safety culture and designing for safety. It provides some discussion points to engage with your key stakeholders and to facilitate safety moments.
Could you be killed by a car tonight? You're perhaps thinking that I'm referring to a road traffic accident - as an occupant in a vehicle, or maybe as a pedestrian or cyclist. But there's another way that you could be killed by a car tonight - YOUR car in fact. And this isn't a reference to the Stephen King novel "Christine", about a car apparently possessed by supernatural forces. This article examines how a technological change has led to tragedy. Please share this "safety moment" with family, friends and colleagues.