Chemical Reactions: The Hidden Layer of Workplace Safety
Safety Consultant with Sheldon Primus
Chemical Reactions: The Hidden Layer of Workplace Safety
March 4, 2024
In this enlightening episode of "Chemical Reactions: The Hidden Layer of Workplace Safety," we delve deep into the often-overlooked aspect of EHS (Environmental, Health, and Safety): the intricate role of body chemistry in workplace incidents and safety incentive programs. Join us as we explore how neurotransmitters and hormones such as serotonin, oxytocin, cortisol, adrenaline, and more, influence not only individual responses to workplace accidents but also overall employee engagement in safety practices. With insights from a seasoned EHS professional boasting over 20 years of experience, we uncover the physiological underpinnings that drive diverse reactions to safety incidents, from heightened alertness to stress-induced anxiety. This episode doesn't just stop at identifying problems; it offers practical, innovative strategies for integrating an understanding of body chemistry into the design of safety incentive programs. From peer recognition systems that boost serotonin and oxytocin levels to stress reduction workshops aimed at lowering cortisol and adrenaline, we discuss how these approaches can foster a positive, supportive, and ultimately safer work environment. Whether you're an EHS officer, HR professional, or someone interested in the psychological aspects of workplace safety, this episode will equip you with the knowledge to see safety through a new lens. Discover how tapping into the power of our body's chemical messengers can revolutionize safety practices and create a culture of well-being and proactive safety engagement.