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Is Your Brain Keeping You From Recognizing Hazards
March 23, 2023
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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Is Your Brain Keeping You From Recognizing Hazards?


Hazard recognition research shows that workers only identify about 45% of hazards in their workplaces, primarily due to how our brains process information, as well as not using our tools to slow our pre-job processes.  Of the 55% of missed hazards, approximately 35% are missed because of cognitive biases and blind spots. Simply put, a cognitive bias is a break in our normal, rational judgement. While there are literally dozens of reasons why we stray from our rational thinking, in this presentation we will look at some of the cognitive biases and blind spots that could influence us into making an error. To be safer at work, we must be consciously aware of our biases and act against them when needed. 


About the Speaker: 


Korky Vault, Training Coordinator at EMCIS, has more than 30 years of health and safety training experience in both the environmental laboratory and mining industries.  Ms. Vault received her BS degree in Environmental Engineering and an MBA from Capella University. She holds the MSHA IS, IU and IN certifications and has developed and conducted training for MSHA Part 48 courses and OSHA courses on Fall Protection, Confined Space Entry and Hazard Communication.  In addition to believing that proper training will help prevent injuries and fatalities, she has a passion for understanding how our individual brain make-up can impact our daily lives, including safety in the workplace. 


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