How Boredom and Human Error Affects Health and Safety
The motivation of employees can have an effect upon the levels of health and safety within an organisation. The extent to which a person is highly motivated or contrastingly not very motivated at all will have a significant impact upon their attitude not only to their work/productivity but also upon their commitment to complying with health and safety regulations and the particular policies of the company.
A person who is not very motivated or stimulated by their work is likely to suffer greatly from boredom, which subsequently creates the potential for lapses in health and safety as the worker will probably not be concentrating fully on the task in hand or machinery and giving it their full attention. This lack of vigilance and awareness provides the perfect environment for mistakes to be made or procedures not followed to cause an incident which poses a risk to the health, safety and welfare of either themselves or of those around them.
Human error is linked to boredom as the two often go hand in hand for the reasons described in the above paragraph. However mistakes and human error can happen at anytime even to the most stimulated and dedicated of workers, so is certainly by no means only attributable to those who are bored at work, but it is a fact that mistakes are more likely to be made by those who are not fully committed and focusing on the job in hand.
Whilst some courses focus specifically on how to do certain tasks safely, some health and safety training courses and qualifications such as the NEBOSH General Certificate look at the psychological and human factors that can contribute to levels of health and safety within an organisation. Please click here to read more information regarding the NEBOSH General Certificate and to see scheduled open course dates.