All too often, safety incidents occur as a consequence of poor SafetyDNA exhibited at the individual - or organizational-level. When employees become careless in their job tasks, increasingly unaware of pending and present dangers, or begin to disregard safety procedures and rules, they expose themselves and their coworkers to hazards. Even worse, if an entire plant or job-site is prioritizing productivity or deadlines above employee safety, the risk for accidents and injuries greatly intensifies. While we are quick to blame those directly involved in these events, we often fail to consider breakdowns in the greater system that may set the tone for organizations low on SafetyDNA to disregard internal measures of regulation.
Craig White Craig White is a doctoral student in the industrial/organizational psychology program at Texas A&M University. His research domains include selection test development, training, and team processes and performance. He has been closely involved in applied safety and health research projects at the Michael E. DeBakey VAMC Health Services Research and Development CoE in Houston, TX.