What Were You Thinking? Optimizing the Brain For Workplace Safety

What Were You Thinking? Optimizing the Brain For Workplace Safety

The human brain is a highly efficient machine that is part of every organization’s work system. Optimized right and it can be a catalyst for creating a world class safety culture.

There is now a massive shift in thinking regarding what impact the brain has on the workplace and the strategies organizations can take to leverage its power. Many organizations have seen remarkable advances in safety performance by adding in more effective layers of protection related to human performance reliability. Internal brain hazards such as distraction, habituation, fatigue and social implications are now being addressed to protect people and allow business continuity.

For companies that have reached a plateau in safety improvement, are experiencing high potential near misses, or increases in injuries or critical errors, the solution is clear: Investing in human performance reliability driven by neuroscience will get them to the next level of safety performance.

The white paper, “What Were You Thinking? Optimizing the Brain For Workplace Safety,” explores:

  • The human factor in safety, how the brain operates, and the brain-centric protections organizations can adopt in order to promote the strongest culture it can produce.
  • How taking a holistic look at the workplace for the potential for risk can involve re-assessing operational procedures, training and competence, staffing levels and workloads, the organizational culture, safety communications, fatigue and shiftwork, and even the design of the work space itself.
  • How the brain operates and the difference between the Fast Brain and the Slow Brain.
  • Why error is often linked to the task being completed inconsistently rather than a lack of intelligence, skill or motivation of the employee.
  • How neuroscience provides a new understanding of why mistakes occur and what must be one to protect against them.

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