You’ve probably heard lots of “rules of thumb” about workplace safety. But are they really true? This article will look at three of them.
Richard Sesak and Jerry Davis, two professors in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Auburn University in Alabama recently presented a session on safety truisms at the American Society of Safety Engineers Safety 2010 conference.
Using their research, let’s look at 3 safety rules of thumb and how true they really are.
- 90% of accidents are caused by unsafe human acts. 10% are caused by unsafe conditions.
- Indirect costs are 3-5 times the direct costs of accidents.
- If you must be within arms’ reach to hear normal conversation, you are exposed to noise at or above 90 decibels and need hearing protection.
Take a guess whether these truisms are true or false, and then find out by clicking here.
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