Toolbox Talk (Prevent Complacency)

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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 behavior 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.