Have you ever spent time with someone who was so absentminded or distracted that you wondered how they got through life every day? On the other hand, have you ever known someone who was so observant and attentive that they made you feel a little self-conscious? I have been on both sides of this equation, and you probably have as well. Why? Because we all possess different levels of awareness. Individuals all vary somewhat when it comes to this ability. As we have described in previous blogs, Awareness of Surroundings is one of the four factors in the Select International Four Factor Model of SafetyDNA. This broad Awareness factor includes various components, such as attention to detail, working memory, multi-tasking, and distractibility. Research shows that all of these abilities are related to safety outcomes such as unsafe behavior and injury involvement. As you would expect, people who have higher levels of these traits tend to notice potential hazards around them more easily and quickly than those with lower levels, allowing them greater opportunity to avoid injury. While awareness is just one of many individual, situational, and organizational factors that lead to injuries, it is a critical one.