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Signs, Signs, Everywhere Signs

via – Hanna Wares, Team AVAC®

People will alter their behavior in response to the implementation of health and safety measures, but the riskiness of the way they behave will not change, unless those measures are capable of motivating people to alter the amount of risk they are willing to incur.” (Wilde, 2014, p12)

People will alter their behavior in response to the implementation of health and safety measures, but the riskiness of the way they behave will not change, unless those measures are capable of motivating people to alter the amount of risk they are willing to incur.” (Wilde, 2014)

There’s a few theories out there as to why people don’t read signs. The above theory is by Gerald J.S Wilde, he specializes in risk taking behavior. His whole theory is really based on how people weigh up the risk in their heads. This theory is also called the fallibility concept. ‘Will I get hurt or not?’ ‘It won’t happen to me!’ Or, ‘If I drive down this totally flooded road will I get stuck?’

We have over 50 new signs at AVAC® and I wonder how many people have spotted them. Have you noticed them? Some are simple and just state who is in which office, others are a little more important.

We have two major areas of AVAC® that have a list of guidelines for your safety; the gym floor and the pool area. It’s important that all members read and understand them. By following our safety guidelines we can collectively safeguard all members of our AVAC® family. You will find the fit floor safety guidelines next to the fitness desk and the pool safety guidelines posted by the junior locker rooms on the wall. Please take a few minutes to read them, if you have any questions or concerns you can also visit the front desk and speak to a member services specialist.

I think signs work sometimes but I’m not overly convinced. I’m all for the second part of the above quote. AVAC® is trying something different the week beginning July 6th. We can’t make members/guests of AVAC® read our signs but we can try and motivate people to alter the amount of risks they take. This week, through Sunday, you will see staff members in the parking lot actively managing traffic flow and speed rather than relying solely on the 5mph safety board. We hope to raise everyone’s awareness of car park safety so that both AVAC® members and the members of the Open Bible Youth Group can continue to safely share the parking lot.

Take a moment to see how many new signs you can spot!

– Hanna Wares | Member Services Manager, AVAC®

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Author: stephdoty

Almaden Valley Athletic Club®

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