SPOT on Safety
Using your SENSES is common sense
You have 5 senses – sight, smell, sound, taste, and touch. Each one of them is really important in your everyday life. You use at least one of your five senses every moment of every day and they are on duty even when you are asleep! Your senses work together to let your brain know what is going on around you. They help to keep you safe by warning you of any danger. Be aware of anything that prevents you from utilizing your senses. Cell phones are especially dangerous as they can distract or diminish your sense by more than half. If you are holding, watching and listening to your phone, you have less than half your senses dedicated to your safety.
Look for moving equipment, people in your work zone, suspended loads, heavy machinery operation.
Listen for improper sound in equipment, people screaming or yelling, sirens, horns or beeping.
Pay attention to what you smell and especially anything that seems new or unknown. If you smell rotten eggs, there could be a hydrogen sulfide (H2S) leak. Get away.
Pay attention to vibrations in equipment, strong winds, rain and other variables that can change the way you should operate in your environment.
The taste of blood or metal are examples of potential issues that should be addressed immediately.