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 doing unsafe things constantly. We learn through various means.
So how do you know you’ve developed good safety awareness? Here are some good examples of behaviors that suggest you have good safety awareness:
- Before you begin a job, you consider how to do it more safely
- You make sure you know how and when to use personal protective equipment
- As you work, you check you 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
If you don’t do the above, you may want to work on your personal safety awareness. One of the best ways to gain further awareness is to step back and take a hard look at your actions or a coworkers actions as jobs are being performed and watch for risky actions. You will learn what to watch for and if you notice something while watching a coworker, share those observations with them to help them go home safely each and every day.
The CCOHS website has a great article explaining “Job Safety Analysis” and steps on how to do it properly and safely.