RISK INSIGHTS: Combating Workplace Safety Complacency
As an employer, you want your staff to feel comfortable in their job roles and capable of performing workplace tasks effectively. However, this comfort shouldn’t come at the cost of safety.
Employees acting complacent and ignoring hazards on the job can increase the likelihood of serious safety incidents happening in your workplace—including near-misses, injuries and even fatalities. After all, even if you have taken steps to ensure healthy and safe working conditions within your organization, safety incidents can still occur if your employees engage in careless acts or unsafe behaviors.
That’s why it’s crucial for you to implement measures to combat complacency at your organization and foster a successful safety culture. Review this guidance to learn more about workplace safety complacency and what you can do to prevent it.
Defining Workplace Safety Complacency
Put simply, workplace safety complacency occurs when an employee demonstrates an overly relaxed attitude or approach toward their work tasks. This attitude shift can cause the employee to ignore or become complacent with their job hazards and stop taking proper safety precautions—increasing the risk of near-misses, injuries or fatalities taking place.
Workplace safety complacency often happens when an employee becomes increasingly experienced or familiar with their job responsibilities. Employees can display workplace safety complacency in a variety of ways—including rushing through tasks, skipping important safety steps during a task, multitasking or engaging in distracting activities while performing a task.
Regardless of how confident or comfortable your employees are with performing their workplace tasks, complacency should never be condoned. Even the most experienced workers can hurt themselves or others if they fail to uphold adequate safety precautions.
How to Prevent Complacency
Here’s what you can do to combat safety complacency within your organization:
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This Risk Insights is not intended to be exhaustive nor should any discussion or opinions be construed as legal advice. Readers should contact legal counsel or an insurance professional for appropriate advice. © 2020 Zywave, Inc. All rights reserved.