5 Things Safety Professionals Need to Know About Checklists

We don’t like checklists, they are cumbersome, difficult to use and just get pencil whipped. Besides “I know my job, I’ve been doing it for 12 years.” Yet mistakes are still made that result in injuries and damages. People are getting hurt and the investigation report reads something like this “failed to follow procedures,” or “wasn’t paying attention.” Quality degrades and efficiency suffers. Our response is to hand out disciplinary action and retrain. According to Dr. Atul Gwande in his book The Checklist Manifesto there is a type of failure philosophers call ineptitude. In these incidents, the knowledge to prevent an injury or damage exists, but is not applied correctly or simply not appl

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