Manage Decision Making During Potentially High -Stress Situations c. Communication d. Physical and Mental stress e. Employee Rights and Responsibilities . 2. There are usually around 4 or 5 actions but this varies. Process iii. By becoming more aware and observant in the workplace, all employees can help maintain a safe environment and improve the safety of everyone around them. Then, more importantly, is there anyone or anything around you that can cause harm to you or others? Situational awareness is important to everyone – it is important that everyone is aware of their surroundings and the potential hazards they face. The good news is that some applied human performance interventions can help prevent mistakes from occurring. Overview a. Do you believe the COVID-19 situation will have a lasting impact on the field of occupational safety and health? Situational awareness is: 1. Use them to spur change, On the Safe Side podcast episode 6: The value of soft skills, COVID-19 pandemic: CDC develops guidance for airline, airport and transit workers, On the Safe Side podcast episode 4: National Safety Month, Cleaning & Maintenance Materials and Devices, Motor Transportation & Traffic Control Devices, DEKRA Organizational Safety and Reliability, Safety Leadership: Tipping point: Inoculating against critical performance errors, COVID-19 pandemic: OSHA safety alert focuses on workplace ventilation, ‘Close contact’: CDC updates definition for contact tracing, Former OSHA head expects an emergency temporary standard ‘very early’ in Biden administration, OSHA lists most common COVID-19-related violations, Early physical therapy may lead to better outcomes for workers with low back injuries: study, Recognizing hidden dangers: 25 steps to a safer office. Assess Routine tasks often become just that: routine. If you see someone out of place or acting suspiciously, take the time to assess the situation and decide what action to take. b. One has to choose to pay attention. Identify ii. Comprehend iv. For each situation, a number of possible actions are suggested. This is something all employees should practice every day. We practice situational awareness every day—when crossing the street, driving our cars, and making dinner in our kitchens. (continued) If we focus all or most of our attention to one or two items, we lose situational awareness because there are more than one or two elements in any given situation, especially construction. Situational awareness is being aware of where you are, where you are supposed to be, and what is happening around you. They failed to stop work despite recogising a hazard (lights even lack of though it was dark). Using fast brain mode during routine tasks helps us conserve energy. Instead, we operate in “fast brain” mode, meaning our brain operates at the subconscious, or non-thinking, level. Knowing what is going on all around you by having the ability to: i. Take a quiz about this issue of the magazine and earn recertification points from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals. Remember that we all want to go home safely the way we came to work safely. Lack of knowledge is not an excuse for poor job performance. If you have solutions that would help improve the safety of yourself and others in your workplace, alert your supervisor. Think of all the factors that can impact awareness: fatigue, the cognitive loading involved in a particular task, the various distractions all around us, not knowing and, of course, working in fast brain mode. You’ve broken a fluorescent lightbulb. Please stay on topic. For these reasons, it’s prudent that organizations proactively promote situational awareness, especially for tasks with inherent serious injury or fatality potential.