Reporting hazards in the workplace

DO hazards on your site go unreported? No? Then on your bike. Yes? Then read on. Here’s is a tool you can use to explore why hazards go unreported. Discuss this list with all operators in small groups. Do it weekly for 15 minutes discussing a few at a time. This will do two things. 1) It will demonstrate that we are prepared to give up some ‘production’ time to focus on safety – you would have to get collaboration all down the production line through to delivery so that everyone knows why we are sacrificing time. If this results in increased pressure to produce the product, it will backfire. It means the company ‘walking the talk’ about production safety. 2) Just the act of discussing these factors will have a positive impact. What people say and do in relation to identifying and reporting hazards are influenced by the following factors. • Perceived degree of effort in use of hazard reporting format. Time taken to fill out hazard reporting format. • Perceived level of skill and knowledge in identifying hazards. • Perceived probability of successful outcome in reporting hazard. • Perceived value of outcome. • Reaction experienced from supervisor to raising hazard. • Reaction experienced from work mates to raising hazard. • Disincentives to comply with safe working procedures. Incentives to comply with safe working procedures. • Amount of ‘pain’ experienced for not complying. • Amount of ‘pleasure’ experienced for complying. • Attitude of supervisor to safety demonstrated by behaviour. • Attitude of management to safety demonstrated by behaviour. • Attitude of workmates to safety demonstrated by behaviour. • Real or perceived messages about production safety. • Feedback on results of hazard reporting. • Satisfaction with action taken regarding the hazard. • Constancy of focus on safe working practices. • Perceived level of risk. • Perceived level of potential harm or damage. • Production requirements demanding shortcuts. • Perceived length of time taken to fix a hazard. • Recognition and acknowledgement received for working safely. • Priority given to identifying hazards. • Priority given to the crew identifying unsafe behaviour. • Consequences experienced by workmate if cited for unsafe acts. • Fear of workmates’ reaction if I raise unsafe behaviour. • Degree of focus on zero tolerance for unsafe behaviour

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