When it comes to safety, what looks like resistance is often a lack of clarity.
To roll out a new safety policy, analyze the sources of resistance to change.
Consider that safety compliance may be neglected when policy is too complicated or has too many exceptions. Keep it simple and avoid making unnecessary exceptions. For instance, to avoid grey area and misinterpretation- safety rules should apply to everyone at all times.
As a motivational speaker at safety events, I often hear stories how when it comes to safety, an ego vibe can easily take over. Macho men don't like to wear safety goggles and well primped women don't want to mess their hair wearing hard helmets. It seems cooler ( or easier) to forgo wearing safety gear.
Others may declare they have been accident free on the job for thirty years, so they don't need the safety rules and precautions.
Some things to consider when rolling out new safety policy:
- Educate. Make sure everyone knows about and signs off on the new safety rules. For the highest compliance, the rules much apply to everyone. No excuses
- Script critical moves. Spell out safety protocol in simple language with no exceptions.
- Build habits. Trigger positive safety protocol with visual cues and reminders. Habits will be formed whether it is intentional or not, so make safety a part of regular routine
- Remind those who don't comply.
The results are worth it, bad judgement only takes a second to ruin lives.