Common Sense in Safety by TPenney


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									Common Sense in Safety

 Common sense is what -I- think
    others should know.
         Oh Really!
The ability to discern what is right and
             what is wrong.
You don’t get one of these with every
    worker…that’s why we train!
           Webster’s Comment
• Merriam Webster, common sense is about
  exercising "sound and prudent judgment based
  on a simple perception of the situation or facts".
  This definition suggests that common sense
  depends on not over-complicating the situation
  (simple), applying experience and general
  knowledge to the situation (sound and prudent
  judgment), and implicit in this is self-trust that
  your considered experience is valid for future
 The Truth and Nothing but the Truth
In fact, I think that so-called common sense is a
fallacy that has been foisted on us by our culture of
ideology (any ideology that wants to tell us what
we should think and do) that prefers us to be stupid,
ill informed, and poor decision makers.
Sorry to get a bit political here, but common sense
is even used as an ideological cudgel by
conservatives in which so-called coastal elites lack
common sense and, as a result, are out of touch
with "real workers" who apparently have an
abundance of common sense.
                         Oh Really!
Aaaah!, common sense.
Something everyone thinks
he alone has, but not many
others do. Why is it that
some people have common
sense and others don't? It
sounds common, as though
everybody is supposed to
have it. But too often I hear
people say that "other
people" don't seem to have
any common sense at all. A
dispatcher that I know,
always says that people with
good common sense are
very hard to find.
 You never know what's on a persons
Or where they just came
from. Many people have
problems and
complications in their lives.
Some people are tolerant
of that fact and some aren't.
So what is common sense
then, if we are all so
different from each other?
     What did mom and dad say
• There are things that every human being
  should know how to do and not leave to
  another person, things that go to the heart of
  personal survival, self-knowledge, and long-
  term health and safety. In this way, you can
  learn common sense through practical
  knowledge and application, informing you
  accurately when times are harder or when
  you must react quickly.
   Common sense can be learned and
     applied in everyday situations
• Smart people do not always do things in a smart way;
  sometimes smart people can do confoundedly, irrational
  things like gambling away all their money on the stock
  market, or forgetting to take adequate clothing for a back
  country hike in the middle of very changeable weather.
• The more we're trained to think one way (by our workplace,
  family, culture, etc.), the greater the chance that
  sometimes we allow sloppy or auto-pilot thinking to take
  the place of common sense. Common sense isn't a one-
  stop-destination; it's a way of thinking that needs constant
  nourishing and application, and this article provides one
  way of looking at developing your common sense a little
As to the purpose of
common sense, it is
basically thinking that
prevents you from making
irrational mistakes or
decisions, a thinking
approach that may open
your eyes to the possibility
that insisting on being
right prevents you from
seeing the bigger picture.
          Are you convinced yet
• Understand the ease with which the human mind is
  convinced that an idea is right contrary to indicators
  clearly demonstrating otherwise. We're human; we're
  fallible. And our brains work in certain ways as a
  means of providing shortcuts to ensure survival in a
  world where being chased by predators could end your
  life. In a modern world where caves and saber toothed
  tigers are no longer a constant companion, some of
  that reactive, split second judging can land us in hot
  water as we react instead of reflecting, assume instead
  of teasing apart the realities, and follow habit instead
  of challenging its continued utility.
             Our sense of reality
Maintaining our own sense of
reality out of proportion with
identifiable reality. While
each of us creates a reality
out of our own experiences
and makes sense of our world
through this personal lens, for
the most part, we understand
that our sense of reality is
only a small portion of a much
larger picture.
Add to the group understanding
Start by taking a look at your own emotions, beliefs,
and practices to make sure they're not overriding
your common sense. Test different scenarios in your
mind to try and ascertain the practical
consequences of applying the decision or action the
way you want to.
Consult with others. If your reality is clouding your
judgment too much, reach out and discuss the
situation with others to gain wider appreciation of
their perspectives and ideas..
                 reflective mind
• Acquaint yourself with your reflective mind. This is
  the part of your thinking where true common sense
  resides. The part that takes a bit of time out from the
  cleverness, the brightness, the importance of
  everything rushing at you right now and suggests that
  it's time to add a dose of cold water to the excitement.
  Reflective intelligence is about being able to stand
  back and view the bigger picture so that you
  realistically appraise the situation or environment
  directly around you rather than forcing yourself to
  conform to its suitability or practicing wishful thinking.
           Do you have ODI’s
• "Obsessive Do-Itis". This simply means we're
  obsessed with doing more all the time instead
  of thinking. And while we're running around
  frantically being busy all the time, we're not
  being productive and we're contributing to a
  culture that admires incessantly busy people.
  Is this common sense? Hardly. It is about
  working harder and longer without taking
  time out to reflect.
       Ask people why they presume
            something to be so.
• Often we are so used to just nodding our head and
  swallowing the clichés as culturally ordained that we
  forget it's OK to ask someone why they have stated
  something to be so.
• For example, if your friend tells you that it's not safe to
  go outside at night because strangers exhibit only 1
  percent good motives and everyone's a robber, ask
  them why they think this. If they can only cite
  generalizations, ask them for facts and examples.
  Even with the facts and examples, ask them why this
  is a problem where you live, where you're going,
  when you're in a group, when you're alone, when
  you're escorted, etc.
      You, the job and the events
• Knowing the limitations of your own body. This
  includes knowing which foods wreak havoc with
  your body, which foods work for you, knowing
  how many hours of sleep you need, and knowing
  the type of exercise that benefits your body and
  metabolism best; read widely but work out for
  yourself what harms and heals your body, as
  you're the real expert on this topic. Moreover,
  you're no super hero - ignoring bodily injuries is
  done at your own peril, such as continuing to
  carry heavy loads with an aching back, or refusing
  to acknowledge constant pains.
  Knowing how to be resourceful.
• Resourcefulness is the art of "making do"; it's
  about taking small things and making them go
  a long way with a little imagination and elbow
  grease. It's about being able to thrive under
  difficult conditions and still prosper and not
  feel deprived. Resourcefulness is a key part of
  using common sense, and again, it's a skill that
  liberates you from consuming to live
                At Work
      Think prevention, not disaster
• Knowing how to keep safe. Whether you're in
  public or at home, safety is a matter of common
  sense. Pushing saucepan handles away from you
  on the stove, looking both ways when crossing
  the street, walking with a friend or group in dark
  areas of the city at night instead of being alone,
  etc. All of these are common sense safety actions
  that can be planned for and put into action
  before anything harmful happens; and doing so
  will often avert problems altogether.
Oh that’s why we have safety training
• Common sense is learned through experience.
  Your friends and family will be more than
  happy to talk about basic dos and don'ts for
  any given situation with which they have
  familiarity if they know it's about ensuring
  your own safety
                   Is not!
• Common sense isn't a one-stop-destination;
  it's a way of thinking that needs constant
  nourishing and application, and this article
  provides one way of looking at developing
  your common sense a little further.
                   Trust yourself.
• If you put in the constant hard yards of thinking things
  through carefully for yourself as well as learning all that
  you can about the world and other's thoughts about the
  world, you're well placed. You don't have to be highly
  educated; you do have to be open-minded and curious.
  And realize that this is a process, not a destination. You will
  have to make the mental effort throughout your life as to
  which messages you absorb and which people you allow to
  influence your thinking. Even this article is but one source
  of guidance on common sense – analyze it, critique its
  applicability to your own circumstances, and cherry pick,
  discard, or adopt those things that suit you or don't fit with
  you. After all, doing so just makes plain common sense
               not equated
• Popularity does not equate to common sense.
  Think about the proverbial lemmings leaping
  off the cliff before falling for this one.
“Ancient wisdom can be helpful but it can also
hinder. It all depends on the context of when
the "wisdom" was developed and whether it
stands the test of time or not”.
Sometimes, just sometimes
And common sense isn't real sense, if we define
sense as being sound judgment, because relying
on experience alone doesn't usually offer
enough information to draw reliable conclusions.
Heck, I think common sense is a contradiction in
terms. Real sense can rarely be derived from
experience alone because most people's
experiences are limited.
  Safety as a mentor not a baby sitter!
Common sense is not a quality that "you either
have or you don't." It can be developed, most
easily when you're young and your parents and
mentors can help.

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