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SAFETY MINUTE
Anger: Just One Letter Short of DANGER!
Important Points
Anger more than quadruples a person's odds of being injured, while being hostile
increased those odds six-fold. For men, the link was particularly clear. Another study
that followed 100 drivers for two weeks linked episodes of anger with "near accidents".
It was found that nearly 32% of all the injured reported being irritable just before they
were injured, 18% reported being angry and 13% reported being hostile.
There is little doubt that anger can be a contributing factor in workplace injuries, but
what can we do about it? Here are some tips:
• Consciously determine to be calm. Don't react, think! Remember your goals and
respond appropriately. Choose to remain calm!
• Communicate. When someone upsets you, tell them. Calmly talk to them about
how you feel about their words or actions. Learn to express yourself better -- clear
and composed. Choose to!
• Remove yourself. Get away from the scene until you can respond without anger.
Your success will not happen overnight. Take it one step at a time, one day at a time.
Remember to relax. Relaxation exercises or music can be helpful. Keep in mind
you can reach out to someone you trust for help. Choose to!
• Frequently take time for yourself. Do something you enjoy like walking in the park,
swimming, reading, or seeing a feel-good movie. Do something nice for someone
you admire. It's okay to feel good about yourself. Choose to!
• Look for the positives. Don't dwell on the negatives. "Don't sweat the small stuff."
Don't worry about things that are out of your personal control. This is difficult, but an
attitude and behavior that can be learned!
If you have angry workers in your department
or you yourself are angry, you may end up
reporting more injuries on the job. Recent
studies found that high levels of anger
increase the risk of injury. Angry people are
more likely to sustain injuries serious enough
to require emergency medical care, and the
risk is higher for men than women.

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Anger2

  • 1. SAFETY MINUTE Anger: Just One Letter Short of DANGER! Important Points Anger more than quadruples a person's odds of being injured, while being hostile increased those odds six-fold. For men, the link was particularly clear. Another study that followed 100 drivers for two weeks linked episodes of anger with "near accidents". It was found that nearly 32% of all the injured reported being irritable just before they were injured, 18% reported being angry and 13% reported being hostile. There is little doubt that anger can be a contributing factor in workplace injuries, but what can we do about it? Here are some tips: • Consciously determine to be calm. Don't react, think! Remember your goals and respond appropriately. Choose to remain calm! • Communicate. When someone upsets you, tell them. Calmly talk to them about how you feel about their words or actions. Learn to express yourself better -- clear and composed. Choose to! • Remove yourself. Get away from the scene until you can respond without anger. Your success will not happen overnight. Take it one step at a time, one day at a time. Remember to relax. Relaxation exercises or music can be helpful. Keep in mind you can reach out to someone you trust for help. Choose to! • Frequently take time for yourself. Do something you enjoy like walking in the park, swimming, reading, or seeing a feel-good movie. Do something nice for someone you admire. It's okay to feel good about yourself. Choose to! • Look for the positives. Don't dwell on the negatives. "Don't sweat the small stuff." Don't worry about things that are out of your personal control. This is difficult, but an attitude and behavior that can be learned! If you have angry workers in your department or you yourself are angry, you may end up reporting more injuries on the job. Recent studies found that high levels of anger increase the risk of injury. Angry people are more likely to sustain injuries serious enough to require emergency medical care, and the risk is higher for men than women.