Practice Good Safety Habits to Avoid the Complacency Trap: Any time you experience complacency, you have developed a false sense of security and you may overlook the dangers associated with your work. This can put you at risk of injury, so you must prevent the possibility of becoming complacent. To avoid the complacency trap, you can engage in good “safety habits”. These are habits that you repeat regularly until they override your former unsafe behaviour and become automated. For example, wearing gloves or safety glasses, assessing hazards at certain times during the day, or even wearing your seat belt. Research shows it takes 2 weeks to form a habit, so please practice good safety habits each day, and before long they will become automatic for you.
Ask Yourself, “Am I Being Complacent?” If we stop for a minute and just think about a time where we may have been complacent, I bet we all can think of at least one example. Complacency can happen to any of us – even to those of us who are very experienced! When you complete an activity for a long period of time (repetitive tasks) without injury, you can let your guard down because you don’t perceive any danger associated with your work. In fact, you may even feel safe taking a shortcut, or becoming a little too relaxed while on the job. Both of these behaviours can easily put you at risk of injury. Please keep focused on the safe execution of your work, and adhere to all safe work practices and procedures which have been put in place to protect you.
Are You Too Confident About Your Ability to Perform Work Safely? It’s always good to feel confident in your ability to perform your job effectively. However, please remember that there is such a thing as overconfidence. No matter how long you’ve been working in your role without injury, it’s important to be mindful of possible hazards associated with your tasks so you can protect yourself. Be sure to remember the safety basics and adhere to safe work practices and procedures which have been developed to protect you. Please don’t become complacent and develop a false sense of security while at work. This can lead to improper assessment of hazards, and you could unintentionally put yourself at risk. Remain alert and focused on completing your work safely. Don’t take shortcuts and wear your Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – every time.
Make Sure You’re Not Complacent at Work: What is complacency? Well, it can be defined as self-satisfaction accompanied by the unawareness of danger or deficiencies. It’s sometimes easy to forget that our work has real danger associated with it. Perhaps you’re experienced and you’ve been working for years without injury — this may leave you with a perceived feeling of being safe. With that said, regardless of the task you’re completing or how many years of experience you have, please remember there are real risks associated with our work. We all need to complete tasks with the highest degree of awareness. Just because we feel safe, does not mean we are. Be very aware of the dangers associated with the task you’re completing while at work. Adhere to safe work practices and procedures, and assess hazards thoroughly.
Attention Workers: Are You Complacent? When a person is complacent, the best way to describe it would be that they feel secure while unaware of the potential danger that surrounds them. When we’re at work, it’s easy for this feeling to develop due to a perception that you work in a safe environment – especially if you’ve worked for years without any injuries. Regardless of how many years you’ve been on the job, it’s important that you don’t let your guard down. You should always follow safe work protocols and procedures that have been developed to ensure your work is executed safely. Additionally, it’s important to remember that work sites can change frequently, so be sure to take a few minutes and look around for any new hazards that may have formed without your knowledge.
Are You Too Comfortable With Your Work? Many people who have conducted the same work for years develop a sense of comfort as time goes by. When you become too comfortable with your work, you can sometimes put yourself at risk of becoming complacent. What does this mean exactly? Well essentially it means that you become so confident in your ability to perform the work that you sometimes stop focusing on safety. At times, you may be tempted to take dangerous shortcuts just to get the task completed. You may also find yourself going into “autopilot” mode. Sometimes we don’t even realize how complacent we are until we have a near miss or close call. Please stay focused on your task and follow all safe work practices and procedures to avoid a possible injury.