Assessing the safety knowledge level all of the people who work in the lab (regardless of lab experience and tenure) is important to maintaining safety and key in the prevention of accidents, incidents and injury. Are your colleagues encouraged to report incidents without fear? Are laboratory workers confident in their ability to respond during an emergency and communicate with coworkers and emergency personnel?
Assessing human factors can give you a glimpse of the overall safety culture in your lab.
The assessment of human factors shouldn't instill fear. It should be an opportunity to teach new and inexperienced lab workers while serving as a safety refresher for experienced lab workers and finding new and better ways to protect each other.
Protecting each other
Assessing human factors isn't about incompetence or blame, instead it addresses the reality that people can make mistakes, forget steps, or can be distracted due to illness, fatigue or stress.
These assessments may also reveal challenges for staff with disabilities that can lead to solutions that improve their work environment and allows them perform their tasks more safely.