Targeting Exposure for Safer Decisions and Performance

Jim Spigener

Presentation Description: Leaders today are faced with the prospect of obtaining better and better safety performance, while also continually reducing cost and improving productivity and profitability. All of this with fewer resources, lower headcount, and tighter timelines. In the midst of all of this, it’s no wonder leaders become frustrated when an accident happens from seemingly nowhere. They think the result comes from one poor decision, but in reality poor decisions were made at many junctures of almost every event. So, how do we get people to make better decisions up and down the line? This session presents a proven way to help people make safer decisions by shifting the objective of safety improvement away from injury prevention to target exposure. On the surface, the injury-focus seems like a good approach, but it allows too much individual risk acceptance and bias to influence what people do. In short, it leads to poor decisions. Targeting exposure allows for more robust and powerful engagement that changes the way people think about safety and how the organization manages it.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the neuroscience behind poor decision making and the reasons why risk blindness is so prevalent in today’s workplaces
  • Understand how to improve exposure recognition and plant triggers that help people be alert to changes in exposure
  • Discover simple but effective principles for truly improving risk recognition and avoidance
  • Learn how to change the goal of safety to exposure management

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