The Dangers of Cognitive Biases in Organizational Safety

The Dangers of Cognitive Biases


Josh Williams, Ph.D.

Cognitive biases are systematic patterns of deviation in judgement in which individuals create their own subjective reality that don’t always align with reality. This leads to perceptual distortion, inaccurate judgment, and illogical interpretation of events (Haselton et. al., 2005). In a nutshell, cognitive biases hinder clear thinking and promote risk-taking behavior.

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Does your company drive collaboration for safety?


Does your company drive collaboration for safety

By Brie DeLisi

When an incident occurs or a particularly hazardous situation is discovered, who participates in remedying the situation? If the safety representative and the supervisor are the only participants, you may want to reconsider your approach to be more collaborative in order to reduce rework, future injuries and creating additional hazards.

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Micro-breaks: Are they worth it?

Micro-breaks Are they worth it



By Madison Hanscom, PhD

Most of us know what it feels like to grind for 8 hours at work and feel drained at the end of the day. Micro-breaks are a way to keep us feeling refreshed throughout the day and avoid feeling exhausted later.
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Ode to Augusta: Incidents Still Happen in Perfect Environments

Incidents Still Happen in Perfect Environments


By Josh Williams, Ph.D.

Last week, Dustin Johnson recorded the lowest score ever and won the Masters Golf Tournament at Augusta National during an odd, COVID-influenced November timeframe. Several years ago, I was fortunate to be able to attend a practice round at the Masters during its traditional April schedule. As advertised, the course was immaculate with its vividly green grass, azaleas in full bloom, undulating hills which TV can’t fully capture, and expansive grounds without a leaf or twig out of place. Birds even chirped in the trees (which, for some reason, were noticeably absent of squirrels). This hallowed ground was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before. Almost.

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Learning that happens outside of the classroom is important for safety

Learning that happens outside of the classroom is important for safety

By Madison Hanscom, PhD

As we know in safety, formal training is incredibly important for employees to learn the practices, procedures, values, norms, and behaviors surrounding safe work. This provides the foundational knowledge for employees to do their jobs safely. Another important component to learning safety best practice is less official – it’s referred to as informal learning.

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