Deal with confirmation bias or your safety ship will sink
Google confirmation bias and you should recognise a common human trait of self. Denial existing in the consciousness of everyone you meet every day; the smoker who argues “my grandmother smoked 60 a day and lived to 102”; the speeding driver who is convinced slower drivers are more dangerous. It’s the underlying cause in most safety tragedies and will have abundant in; Grenfell, Bradford City, Hillsborough and Piper Alpha.
You will face confirmation bias every day as a SHEQ professional and your ability to recognise and cut through it with aggressive efficiency will be the difference between success and failure. A big sword will cut to the heart of confirmation bias. This is achieved by greater competence, knowledge, experience and training.
Confirmation bias refers to a type of selective thinking whereby one tends to notice and to look for what confirms one’s beliefs.
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