Safety+Health Magazine: Situational awareness

Several of the safety incidents that ACS professionals have investigated included workers who were distracted. Safety+Health Magazine published an article by Alan Ferguson, associate editor, “Situational awareness a ‘separate dimension of hazard control’ ” which discusses that employee training should include recognizing when he/she is not in a state of “relaxed awareness”. One of the issues with achieving this state includes internal stress, such as troubles at home. How to address this is not directly discussed as it is a case-by-case issue. In one safety program observed by ACS personnel, workers were given a flexible time to work while dealing with personal trauma. They worked while they could focus & then could take personal time when they couldn’t.