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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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Future safety profession

There is a common acceptance these days that behavioral deviations are a major contributors of accidents. Few people however, realize the far-reaching consequences of this conclusion. Not only do we need to shift the topic of our discipline away from a technical to

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The future of the safety professional

In searching for the weakest link in contemporary safety management, we often arrive at the topic behavior. This is partly because there has been much attention to other safety areas: technology, systems and to some extent culture. You might therefore

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Safe behavior at work

Within the world of safety management, safe behavior plays an increasingly important role. On the one hand, we realize that there is scope for improvement to use the human factor in safety. On the other hand, we see that psychology

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