Strategies for seeing beyond what you normally see
Hazard identification is fundamental to any effort to improve safety performance. This paper offers insights into why we sometimes miss the hazards that are staring us straight in the face and how using Visual Literacy principles can improve our ability to identify them before they lead to an incident.
Intellectual knowledge of hazards combined with the capabilities described as Visual Literacy can help us make meaning of the environment around us. This paper outlines a four component process that can support our ability to be more successful in identifying and addressing hazards that exist in the workplace.
As part of our Visual Literacy program, COVE is pleased to announce the release of our Hazard Identification focused training module.
This module provides an opportunity for participants to use their enhanced visual literacy skills to identify the hazards in daily situations / routines, learn to see beyond what they "normally” see, and effectively communicate the critical information to leaders and team members.
Cummins was looking for an opportunity to refresh and upgrade their hazard recognition capabilities. After learning more about COVE and Visual Literacy, Cummins decided to train workers in a specific section at one of their facilities. They focused on the principles of Visual Literacy to help identify additional hazards. Employees were able to identify a significant number of hazards that had been previously missed.