Power of Habit

Learn, Apply, Practice and Create a Habit

Safety habits can be either good or bad.  You may have heard it said before about an individual, “They have poor safety habits,” or “They have good safety habits.” When supervisors, team leads, or co-workers don’t say something to someone who is performing an unsafe act, the action goes unchecked.  The offender, either consciously or unconsciously, considers the action as acceptable behavior and will repeat and habitualize the action.

Has Safety Gone to the Dogs?

What do safety rules, work practices, and Pavlov’s dog have to do with you?

In the early 1900’s, Russian researcher Pavlov found that if you ring a bell then feed a dog, soon all you will have to do is ring the bell and the dog will start salivating.  (Remember the movie Turner and Hooch?)  Pavlov referred to this as a “conditioned response”.

Everyone Goes Home

It isn’t very often that I have a day like the one I am about to describe.  After all, it started off like most days.  Hurry here, get this done.  Get to the airport, turn in the car, get to the gate, catch the plane…all in a day’s work.  During these moments while I am waiting at the airport or when I am actually in the air flying, I get to thinking about safety, where we are now, where we have been and where we are going.

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