In hazardous work, safety rules are unavoidable: they prescribe in general procedures staff must follow. Where operations are heavily regulated such as on an offshore oil rig, safety rules standardize underlying activities. But sometimes, they can be not easy to follow as prescriptions. Due to changing and unpredictable circumstances, members are required to adopt rules in the various contexts and situations they may encounter. In this case, safety rules act as guidelines that help make sense of the workers’ environments and develop specific expertise.
The success of safety rules depend entirely on whether and how members apply lessons and skills in the moment of danger. This in-the-moment mindfulness about hazards and situations is the intended objective of any safety training based on safety rules.