March 26, 2018
Posted March 26th. 2018 in Blog
Why workers dismiss hand protection and what can be done to break bad habits.
Here’s a common misperception about non-compliance: it’s not that workers never wear gloves. The more significant issue is workers removing gloves at critical points throughout the workday. And that behavior can be tied to habit.
Habits have a powerful effect on behaviour and can lead to dangerous practice, especially in industrial environments. Every time the brain converts some routine into a habit, it allows our mind to downshift – to basically shut off some conscious activity.
This all matters because workers make these sorts of choices every day. They decide either to wear gloves or remove the gloves for some reason or another. Their comfort zone when it comes to PPE is formed over time and determined by familiarity and habit.
It’s important to understand that behaviour can become habitual outside of any active,rational thought process. For our purposes, the brain may know a glove provides protection, but if removing the glove has become a habit – for whatever reason – that knowledge may not matter.