A Toolbox Talk About the Importance of Staying Focused
It is important that you concentrate on the safe completion of your work. It’s very easy to become distracted. Perhaps you start to think about your weekend plans, or maybe a co-worker is chatting to you while you’re working. If you find yourself becoming distracted while completing your task, stop your work and take a break until you feel confident that you can focus on the task completion. It’s also a good idea to write down any personal “to-do’s”, so you can relax and focus on your work, instead of what you may possibly forget to do when you get home. It may seem harmless to let your mind wander away from the task at hand, but inattention and a lack of mindfulness of the task at hand is a contributing factor to incidents. Stay focused everyone!
Keeping your eyes and your mind on the task could reduce and eliminate injuries to you and those around you. Unfortunately, it’s easy to become distracted – especially when completing repetitive tasks where you might be inclined to letting your guard down. Regardless of how many times you’ve completed the same task, at any given time, something can still go wrong. Think of it this way…have you ever been at home and went to reach for a cup of coffee, but it accidentally spilled over you? Ask yourself, was your mind really on the task at hand? Probably not. The same idea can be applied to your work tasks. By keeping your mind focused on the task at hand, you can reduce the chance of an unexpected occurrence and possibly prevent injury.
Regardless of whether you’re a new employee or someone with years of experience, safety is everyone’s responsibility – including yours. When you’re at work, be sure to follow all safe work practices and procedures which have been developed to protect you. Recognize any hazards in your work area, and take immediate action to remove them before they cause injury. Inspect your tools and equipment prior to use, and wear all the required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Also, make sure you have taken the time to familiarize yourself with emergency response protocols so you know what to do when an alarm sounds. When we all adopt a safe attitude, we can build a strong safety culture, which will keep both you and your co-workers safe while on the job!