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Situational Awareness For Employees/Everyone (SAFE)
April 24, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm$100.00
Developing situational awareness can be as simple as changing a few habits. The following are some practices to incorporate into everyday activities, no matter how familiar:
- Awareness of Personal Space. Five feet of space is the standard for a personal space “bubble”—close enough to interact with those around you, but not so close as to cause discomfort or apprehension. Extending awareness to a 25-foot radius will help identify other people in the area, open places or entrances and exits. Practice looking around your surroundings anytime you are in public, and rotate your head from side to side along with your eyes when exploring an area to ensure you have properly surveyed it.
- Specifics to Watch For. Someone’s hands and/or face are good indicators of their intent. This includes instances of hands being hidden from view, the downward cast or shifting of eyes, or inappropriate hand gestures or staring. It is during these times that listening to your body’s warning signs—your “gut” feeling—can prove beneficial.
- Have a Plan. Whatever you do, always know where you are going and how to get there. If a crisis occurs, do your best to think of all available options before making a decision. In our earlier mental exercise, the driver could have had the other car follow him to a public place, for instance, or the nearest police station, where they would then report the accident and exchange pertinent information.
- Establish Good Habits. Finally, it is paramount that good habits be built into daily activity. Some examples include describing people and places to yourself as you explore locations, identifying and familiarizing yourself with any and all exits, and keeping yourself on the alert, i.e. not paying sole attention to a smartphone or listening to loud music. Your senses are your guide to all situations and environments, and you must learn to rely on them to ensure physical safety and situational awareness.Additional steps that can promote situational awareness and safety preparedness include:
- Practicing Self Awareness on a Daily Basis. Try recalling what a group of people were wearing when you were out in public, memorize license plates while in traffic or in a parking lot, and identify exits and know how to reach them in order to bolster your sense of attentiveness and recollection. You or a fellow employee might discern something is out of the ordinary if you are regularly conscious of the environment.