THIRD GENERATION SAFETY:
THE MISSING PIECE
Using neuroscience to enable personal safety
By Cristian Sylvestre
Neuroscience is allowing us to look deeper inside our heads and work out exactly how our brains function.
Cristian Sylvestre takes what neuroscience is revealing and explains how understanding our brain function can help improve personal safety.
Third Generation Safety: The Missing Piece reveals how we get hurt 95% of the time and what we can do about it, as individuals and organisations.
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Third Generation Safety: The Missing Piece has been an encouraging and stimulating read.
In my very simplistic overview: First-generation safety is strong on compliance, an emphasis on hazard & risk identification, safe places of work. Second-generation safety is about putting safety “front of mind” and encouraging workers to make safe choices.
Third Generation Safety is about accepting a high percentage of the actions we perform are actually controlled by our subconscious (us operating in auto-pilot mode) and recognising these can be made safer through:
Understanding that our subconscious understands Danger better than Risk.
An understanding of the Inattention Pattern (5 critical errors and the 4 states which cause them).
Our subconscious response can be improved by the robust adoption of safer habits.
A key factor I like in the book is that it acknowledges Third Generation Safety should not be seen as a contradiction or replacement to, but should be used to build upon progress achieved through First-gen and second-gen safety programs.
And this will be my intent as I review the year passed and refresh our safety strategy for the year ahead at Metcash.
General Manager Safety Health and Environment