Safety is really about attitude. Not everyone wants to wear that helmet or mask, those gloves and definitely not that protective clothing! They are confident in their abilities to play with fire, acids or whatever it is that they are supposed to need protection from, like wimps! These attitudes are basically habits formed over the years and they are very hard to unlearn. Everyday functioning and task management are performed as habitual or goal-directed actions and employers need to ensure that such habits do not make a mockery of their workplace safety measures. It must be remembered that it is not possible to break a habit easily, without goal-directed behavior.
So, when imparting occupational health and safety training to workers, it is not sufficient if employers get them to learn how to break their habitual rejection of protective gear and disregard for cautious handling of the tasks at hand. Such workers may require behavioral therapy to change their old ways of doing things and learn new ways which ensure that they adopt all the safety precautions and use the safety gear provided to them, when on the job.
The dictionary definition describes discipline as the practice of training people to obey rules or a code of behavior, using punishment to correct disobedience.
Discipline is definitely not over-rated as an essential ingredient in having someone follow instructions without question or demur; but punishment need not be something offensive. However, it must be applied correctly if we want to avoid making the person feel compelled to disobey, just to prove a point. Let us look at some best practices in inculcating discipline and acceptance of safety precautions you can out in place, to ensure that your workers stay safe:
In the day-to-day rush of frenetic activity and the overwhelming need to get things done, let neither the supervisors nor the workers forget the importance of a safe working environment and the need to stay safe!
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