Silent Danger: The Five Crucial Conversations that Drive Safety

Source: VitalSmarts, 2010

This study probes below the surface by looking for unsafe conditions that are broadly recognized yet allowed to continue because of cultural norms and social taboos. The ugly secret behind most workplace injuries is that someone is aware of the threat well in advance, but is either unwilling or unable to speak up. Our study shows the greatest danger today is not from ignorance or inattention to risks–but from silence. The next leap forward in workplace safety will come not just from additional changes to processes, technology, or policies, but from changes to behavior. Unless and until the code of silence is broken, we’ll continue to suffer completely avoidable losses in both health and performance.
See also:
Executive Summary
US report is aimed at the wrong workplace safety target
Source: Kevin Jones, Safety at Work Blog, February 23, 2010

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