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Do bonuses influence safe behavior?

Many methods are used to promote safe behavior. Companies that work with a bonus system often use part of that bonus to encourage safe working. An annual bonus is set for the employees based on the number of incidents. Two

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Reliability of safety policy

With some regularity we introduce new safety policies and methods. Even with limited support, we assume that a limited policy is better than none at all. In many countries the industry has introduced a Safety Certificate Contractors. This includes a

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Driving & phoning, consciousness in safety

I have a mission. In a small country such as the Netherlands, about 100 people each year are killed on the roads due to mobile phone use. This means 100 families endure acute grief because a loved one never comes

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Prioritization

This post addresses prioritization, the most important principle in managing safe behavior. The concept prioritization means to set the importance of safety at least equivalent to other interests of an organization, such as quality, efficiency or profit. This principle forms the

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Compliance policy

For management principles, the focus is now on the 3rd principle, compliance policy. Although rule setting and compliance belong to the discipline of process management, we can identify elements of social management through proper compliance. Compliance needs to be observed by a

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Managing towards safe behavior

The previous two posts of this blog discussed seven principles of leadership that encourage employees to behave safely. Now the attention shifts from the first line supervisor to the top of the organization. For each of the seven principles management

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Leading to safe behavior, 7 principles

Power and authority are essential for the safe functioning of human beings in a group or organization. The one who holds the power – the leader – possesses by position the ability to add crucial elements to the safety of

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Overconfidence

The previous two posts of this blog discussed risk tolerance and the willingness to put our health at risk due to care for our environment (system instinct). This post is about the psychological mechanism that makes this possible, overconfidence. Because we

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System Instinct

Recently Barack Obama gave a speech directly from his Oval Office. He had done this only twice before during his entire career. The occasion was a shooting in San Bernadino in which 14 people were killed. It appeared that the

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Risk Tolerance

Our distant ancestors succeeded in surviving and in producing offspring despite facing difficult circumstances and many dangers. They were masters of survival and have passed on this art to us via the DNA. Considering this, you would not expect that

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