Orientation And Alignment Essay

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Orientation and Alignment
The following report examines questions on a psychological approach to health and safety. To answer these question, a review of Section 1: Orientation and alignment from Chapters 1-3: of the Psychology of Safety Handbook was done. The report examines the author’s approach to the human element or the psychology of safety in the workplace.
Geller Recommends Selecting the Best Approach When Trying to Improve Safety. What Is The “Best” Approach, As Suggested by Geller, And Why? What Are the Other Options Considered?
According to Geller, the perceived best approach to safety in the workplace might not always be the right one. Most organization seek to have the quickest and cheapest approach to improving safety, while others adopt an approach that offers the most benefit but with the least effort (Geller, 2000). While both approaches to safety
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Geller argues that though repetition of a certain behavior (safe or unsafe) is necessary for a habit to be formed, the number of repetitions vary from person to person (Geller, 2000). In addition, there is a variation in behavioral types, as most complex or inconvenient behaviors (like safety-related behaviors) may never become a habit despite the number of times that the behavior is repeated. Also for some behaviors to be habitual, there might be a need for a conscious and deliberate effort by the doer for a habit to be established (Geller, 2000).
Myth 5: We Can Only Motivate Ourselves, Not Others This fifth myth is also not true. According to Geller, through motivation we are able to encourage people to adopt safe behaviors rather than unsafe behaviors that are more convenient, efficient and a habitual norm (Geller, 2000). Hence since an intervention can be made by motivating others, the myth is a fallacy (Geller,
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