Psychology & Safety
It is difficult to be effective in safety without an understanding of human motivation, capabilities, and limitations. Human error may result in as many as 85 to 95 percent of all accidents. There is little doubt people contribute to the hazards resulting in injury or illness. Traditional approaches to the study of motivation are examined in this chapter to assist safety professionals in recognizing some of the factors that contribute to worker behavior. Information presented also exposes the safety professional to various psychological concepts and theories. The intent is to provide useful strategies for correcting or eliminating adverse psychological safety factors from both the worker and employer perspective.