We often think that because we are sitting at desk, managing a project or, looking after students or patients that the risk of an work related, or even home, accident doesn’t really apply to us. I written before how mindfulness can help reduce your stress. It can actually help prevent injury, anywhere anytime.
I ran across this article in OHS Canada Magazine (Occupational Health and Safety OHS) that shows how even the editor of such a magazine is at risk when the mind wanders or we are stressed for time and do the things we know we shouldn’t.
Minding Mindfulness – OHS Canada MagazineIt was one of those frantic mornings when I was trying to do a dozen things, prepping the kids for school and getting myself ready for work. As I was coring an apple for my kids’ lunchboxes, I accidentally sliced my thumb. Despite that awareness, I decided to save a millisecond by coring it with one smooth cut — towards my hand.
I was fully aware that I was not coring the apple the right way. Despite that awareness, I decided to save a millisecond by coring it with one smooth cut — towards my hand. It was a fairly deep cut, and it took me about an hour of pressing on the wound before the bleeding stopped. Talk about making it to work on time.
How is mindfulness relevant to workplace safety? A lot, actually. Mindfulness at work means focusing on the task at hand. Following safety procedures, donning appropriate personal protection properly and staying vigilant at all times are all part and parcel of mindfulness. For those who hold safety-sensitive positions or work in a hazardous environment, being mindful on the job lowers the chances of causing or getting involved in an accident as a result of inattention, negligence, human error or flouting safety protocols.