Situational Awareness: Personal Safety in the Workplace
Last night was the first professional development workshop for the 2017-2018 CAEOP year. We were hosted by Perris High School in the Perris Union High School District. As it's the end of the school year there were many activities going on around campus from, karaoke contests, the FFA celebration and the hustle and bustle of getting ready for graduation. It was nice to see all of the kids just doing their thing.
As members came in they began networking, laughter and sincerely asking "How have you been?" It was great to see so many new faces in attendance amongst those we come to count on seeing at most of the events that have almost become staples to the CAEOP community.
After a delicious dinner that Cyndee Amezcua organized for us from Steer & Stein, President Lori Ortell gave a great introduction about our speaker, Judy Miller, Director of Risk Management and Environmental Safety for Perris Union High School District. Judy kicked off her presentation about Situational Awareness: Personal Safety in the Workplace.
One of the first things that Judy asked was, What is the most important safety tip? The answer, be aware. We all get so accustomed to things we do everyday over and over we fail to notice things that are out of place.
We get so engrossed in our day to day that sometimes we don't notice even the simplest things that are right in front of our eyes. most of us wouldn't have noticed this and just keep walking by.
When Judy pointed out to us that while this might not look out of place in a school setting upon closer inspection you know something is out of place. The best thing to do is to communicate with Admin and make contact with the authorities.
While we're always busy and hustling around at our sites remember this; your life is important, if you see something, say something. It may seem like nothing but, being cautious can save your life and the lives of others.