Safety Awareness is like almost everything else we do . . . it is learned, not instinctive. We aren’t born with awareness for safety concerns . . . in fact anyone who has a young toddler or grandchild knows this first hand as they see them going around doing unsafe things constantly.
We learn through various means. Some learn by doing, others by watching, some by reading. Others learn by their mistakes or the mistakes of others which is one reason we talk about near misses and direct incidents and also emphasize that both be reported by staff that were involved or were eye witneses to these kinds of incidents.
So how do you know you have developed good safety awareness? Here are some good examples of behaviours that suggest you have good safety awareness:
- Before you begin a job, you consider how to do it more safely
- You ensure you know how and when to use personal protective equipment if your job task exposes you to inherent hazards.
- As you work , you check your position to reduce strain on your body
- While you are working, you become aware of any changes in the area-people coming, or going, jobs beginning or ending
- You start talking with others about safety
Monitor yourself today and see if you have got good safety awareness. If you don’t, one of the best ways to gain further awareness is to step back and take a hard look at your actions or a co-worker’s actions as they are performing a job. Watch for risky actions or unsafe acts. You will learn and if you’re watching a coworker….share those observations with them to help them go home safely every day.
Till I come your way again, do have safe rest of the day
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