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Spatial awareness is very simply - our ability to create an organised understanding of the environment around us, while also recognising our body’s position within this environment.

Spatial awareness is very simply - our ability to create an organised understanding of the environment around us, while also recognising our body’s position within this environment.

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  1. 1. Toolbox Talk May 15 A GDF SUEZ ENERGY SERVICES COMPANY THINK SAFETY – WORK SAFELY Spatial Awareness We have had a number of incidents over the years where deficiencies in spatial awareness have led to an injury. All it takes is a misplaced foot or hand, taking your eye off the task you are undertaking for you to lose contact or sight of the environment around you. Spatial awareness is very simply - our ability to create an organised understanding of the environment around us, while also recognising our body’s position within this environment. Without this awareness we would not be able to perform even the simplest of tasks – such as climbing the stairs or crossing the road safely and without incident. A high percentage of these incidents such as slips, trips, falls and walking into things? Occur not only when we are carrying out a specific work task, but also when we’re moving around from one place to another or whilst we’re relaxing. An increased risk of complacency is all too common in these instances. Most people fixate their destination and focus on getting from A to B without grasping what happens in between. Perhaps the most important and simplest of all exercises to boost spatial awareness skills is to take some time every day to look around, what kind of hazards are around you, old or new? Can they be removed? Our senses ensure that we receive and process accurate information about the environment around us. This helps us to function safely when completing day-to-day activities. If our senses are impaired or obscured in any way, this can directly impact our accuracy with regards to spatial awareness. Guard against trip hazards by holding handrails on stairways, and always keep an eye on where you are placing your feet - especially when going up and down steps and ladders. Always maintain good housekeeping so that the risks of trip hazards are kept to a minimum. Always stay alert to potential hazards and distractions that may impact your safety and wellbeing. Be extra vigilant for obstructions at or above head height and keep yourself and others out of the line of fire. Spatial awareness is a central element of our daily lives. It helps us understand, interact and appreciate the environment around us; therefore it is a key component in preserving our safety and wellbeing One of the biggest risks we face in the workplace is complacency. Staying alert and using the body’s senses to identify hazards is one of the most effective risk assessments that we can adopt in order to keep ourselves safe.

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