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Psychological Approach to Improving Work Place Safety and Behavioral Change

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Work Place Safety

  1. 1. Improving Work Place Safety Andrew Dullock MA
  2. 2. AgendaAbout the Author / IntroductionMisinterpretationsMotivationKnowledge, Skills, Abilities (KSA’s)Behavioral ComponentsConclusion
  3. 3. Introduction Goals: • Reduce work related injuries and illnesses • Improve morale and productivity • Reduce workers’ compensation costs Aims: • Management commitment provides motivation and confidence • Employee involvement allows workers to develop and express commitment to safety and health, while embracing change
  4. 4. Introduction Despite the importance of workplace safety, psychologists have not played a major part in studying workplace safety. This is surprising, because the theoretical and methodological traditions of psychology have much to offer in terms of understanding the causes and prevention of occupational injuries. This training aims to correct the situation by analyzing both the behaviors that lead to accidental injuries in the workplace and the behaviors that can prevent and manage them.
  5. 5. Improving Work Place Safety By: Motivation
  6. 6. Motivation Internal Motivation: • Support through active monitoring employee performance • Actively caring for the well-being of the individual • Inspiring the individual with open communication and guidance External Motivation: • Vision of the teams safety goals and communicating the ‘road map’ to achieve them. • Role modeling of compliant behaviors thereby setting the bench mark that is expected.
  7. 7. Motivation
  8. 8. Motivation
  9. 9. Improving Work Place Safety By: KSA’s
  10. 10. Knowledge, Skills, Abilities (KSA’s)Benefits: People learn about themselves (Weaknesses and Strengths) Display confidence Break down barriers (Team Work) Build trust Motivate Develop listening skills
  11. 11. Knowledge, Skills, Abilities (KSA’s)What Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities do employee need to successfully adopt a safe work environment?Fact:The last 100 years have seen a substantial reduction in the number of work-related deaths and injuries, at least in industrialized nations. Nevertheless, fatalities and injuries on the job still occur at unacceptably high rates in both industrial and developing countries. The direct and indirect economic cost of these injuries is staggering.
  12. 12. Knowledge, Skills, Abilities (KSA’s) Attention  The ability to focus on a particular task Care  A persons level of concern for the safety of others Regulation  The capability to monitor emotions and anxiety Self-Efficacy  The ability to perform the task successfully
  13. 13. Improving Work Place Safety By: Behavioral Components
  14. 14. Behavioral Components
  15. 15. Conclusion
  16. 16. Conclusion
  17. 17. Discussion