Workplace Safety Attitudes

Definition - What does Workplace Safety Attitudes mean?

Workplace safety attitudes refers to the employee tendency to respond positively or negatively towards a safety goal, idea, plan, procedure, prevention or situation. Safety attitudes influence employee choice of actions and response to challenges, incentives and rewards in the workplace. Positive workplace safety attitudes are essential for an accident free work environment that ensures higher efficiency, best quality, saves budget on cost of accident, raises employee morale, business profit and goodwill.

On the contrary, a negative workplace safety attitude increases cost of production, turnover rate, and reduces employee safety, morale, quality, profitability and business goodwill.

Safeopedia explains Workplace Safety Attitudes

Workplace safety attitudes have following components:

  • Emotions or feelings - driven by mental states
  • Belief or opinions - derived from own faith
  • Inclination for action - driven by opinions
  • Positive or negative response to stimuli - lead by actions

Positive workplace safety attitudes aim to:

  • Protect properties and employees
  • Prevent all types of accidents and near misses
  • Prepare for the emergencies
  • Improve work environment and morale

Good workplace safety attitudes are represented by attentiveness, eagerness, alertness, carefulness, task focused, team-oriented and seriousness. Bad workplace safety attitudes are represented by emotional acts, tiredness, risk-taking, recklessness, selfishness and carelessness.

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