The term complacency has several definitions; perhaps the one most suitable (in the context of safety) is as follows, “a feeling of quiet pleasure or security, often wile unaware of some potential dangers, defect or the like”.
Ironically, this feeling can be developed from a perception that where you live and work is a safe environment. But an incident can happen anywhere, and often it is minor in nature.
It is wise to be diligent and to never let your guard down. We maintain our safety by doing just that, maintaining it.
A few things that helps us to be safe:
- We maintain a safe workplace by establishing protocols and procedures
- We report any and all perceived or potential hazards on the worksite
- We report all near misses. When reported, we are able to collect information, identify trends, correct current problems and prevent future incidents
- We wear appropriate PPE for the task at hand
- We coach, mentor and watch out for one another
A level of safety in the workplace where incidents are indeed a rare occurrence, does not guarantee future success, however it is an indication of a strong safety culture. It is up to all of us to never let our guard down. Continuous safety maintenance is the backbone of safety and a safe workplace.