Summer Celebration Safety

6/27/2016 - Posted by Ronda Friesel

It’s the season for picnics, parties, and fireworks celebrations! Please remember that practicing a little common sense makes the festivities more enjoyable for you and those around you. Here are a few reminders about food, alcohol, and firework safety to prevent sickness and injury, and help keep the fun going all summer long.

Food Safety
–  Keep cold food cold; store cold food at 40° or below.
–  Don’t cross-contaminate food; keep raw meat, poultry, and seafood securely wrapped to prevent juices from
leaking onto other foods.
–  Don’t reuse utensils that have been used on raw meats. Keep utensils and serving dishes clean.
–  Clean your fruits and vegetables.
–  Keep hands clean by washing with soap and water or using hand sanitizer.
–  Cook food thoroughly.

Alcohol Safety
–  Know your limits.
–  Stay hydrated; drink water in between cocktails.
–  Avoid swimming or boating when inebriated. Up to 70% of water recreation deaths of teens and adults involve
the use of alcohol.
–  Call a cab or use a designated driver if you have to travel after drinking.

Firework Safety
–  Obey local laws regarding the use of fireworks.
–  Know your fireworks; read all labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
–  A responsible adult SHOULD supervise all firework activities. Never give fireworks to children.
–  Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save your alcohol for after the show.
–  Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.
–  Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
–  Use fireworks outdoors in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.
–  NEVER relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
–  Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.
–  Never carry fireworks in your pocket or shoot them into metal or glass containers.
–  Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.

For more information, visit:
Eating Outdoors, Handling Food Safely: www.fda.gov/Food/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/ucm109899.htm
Promoting Safe and Responsible Use of Consumer Fireworks: www.fireworkssafety.org/safety-tips
Risky Drinking Can Put a Chill on Your Summer Fun: http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/SummerSafety/NIAAA_SummerSafetyFactSheet.pdf


Too Hot to Handle

6/13/2016 - Posted by Ronda Friesel

Any worker exposed to hot and humid conditions is at risk of heat illness, especially those doing heavy work tasks or using bulky protective clothing and equipment. Some workers might be at greater risk than others if they have not built up a tolerance to hot conditions, including new workers, temporary workers, or those returning to work after a week or more off. All workers are at risk during a heat wave.

It is very important to watch out for each other during extreme heat. Simple overheating and dehydration can quickly become dangerous. Here is what to look out for and what actions to take.


Heat Stroke: High body temperature, hot, dry skin, rapid pulse, and possible unconsciousness can come on quickly.
Action: Call 911. If you see a victim with these warning signs, they need immediate medical attention. Until medical help arrives, move the victim to a cooler environment and reduce body temperature with a cold bath or sponging.
Heat Exhaustion: Heavy sweating, weakness, wet skin, headache, dizziness / fainting, irritability / confusion, thirst, and nausea / vomiting are early signs.
Action: First aid includes getting the victim out of the sun, having them lie down, loosening clothing, applying cool, wet cloths, and administering sips of water.
Heat Cramps: Muscle spasms or pain (usually in the abdomen, arms, or legs).
Action: Have worker rest in shady, cool area, Drink water or other cool non-alcoholic beverages, Wait a few hours before returning to work, Seek medical attention if cramps continue.
Heat Rash: Clusters of red bumps on the skin (often on the neck, upper chest, or in folds of the skin).
Action: Work in cooler, less humid environment when possible. Keep the affected area dry.

The body normally cools itself by sweating. During hot weather, especially with high humidity, sweating isn’t enough. Body temperature can rise to dangerous levels if you don’t drink enough water and rest in the shade. You can suffer from heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

Prevention – Water. Rest. Shade. Slow down, reschedule, or reduce strenuous activities until it is cooler. Wear lightweight and light colored clothing and don’t forget to wear a hat. Don’t exceed your physical capabilities and give yourself time to become acclimated to the activity and high temperatures. Drink plenty of water and non-alcoholic beverages that your body needs to keep cool. Keep a sharp lookout for coworkers, family, children, and the elderly. Don’t forget the pets.

Hot Links to Cool Information

OSHA – Water.Rest. Shade – https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatillness/index.html

NOAA – Heat Wave: A Major Summer Killer – http://www.noaawatch.gov/themes/heat.php

National Weather Service  –  http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/heat/index.shtml

OSHA Heat Smartphone App – https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatillness/heat_index/heat_app.html


Lightning Safety On The Job

6/6/2016 - Posted by Ronda Friesel

During thunderstorms no place outside is safe. If you can hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike. Some workers are at greater risk than others. People who work outdoors in open spaces, on or near tall objects, with explosives, or with conductive materials such as metal have a greater exposure to lightning risks. When a thunderstorm threatens:

Don’t Start Anything You Can’t Quickly Stop
Listen to daily forecasts so you know what to expect during the day. (www.nws.noaa.gov) Also pay attention to early signs of storms:
High winds
Dark clouds
Distant thunder or lightning.

Know Your Company’s Lightning Safety Program
Businesses that have high risk functions, such as explosive storage or field repairs, should have a formal lightning warning policy that meets two basic requirements:
Lightning danger warnings can be issued in time for everyone to get to a safe location.
Access to a safe place.

Know What Objects And Equipment To Avoid
Anything tall or high; rooftops, ladders, scaffolding, utility poles, etc.
Large equipment; cranes, bulldozers, tractors, backhoes, track loaders, etc.
Materials or surfaces that can conduct electricity; scaffolding, metal equipment, utility lines, water, plumbing, etc.
Areas with explosives or munitions.

If A Co-Worker Is Struck By Lightning
 Lightning victims do not carry an electrical charge, are safe to touch, and need urgent medical attention.
Call 9-1-1 and perform CPR if the person is unresponsive or not breathing.
Use an Automatic External Defibrillator if one is available.

Lightning Myths
 If outside during a storm, you should crouch down to reduce your risk of being struck.
Lightning never strikes the same place twice.
If it’s not raining or cloudy, you’re safe from lightning.
Rubber car tires protect you from lightning by insulating you from the ground.
If you touch a lightning victim, you’ll be electrocuted.
If outside in a storm, seek shelter under a tree.
In a house, you are 100% safe from lightning.
If storms threaten while you are outside playing a game, it is okay to finish it before seeking shelter.
Structures with metal, or metal on the body attract lightning.
If trapped outside and lightning is about to strike, I should lie flat on the ground.

For facts about these myths, visit: http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/myths.shtml



Good Housekeeping For A Safe Space

5/16/2016 - Posted by Ronda Friesel

Housekeeping at a construction site, office, or home can often provide an indicator for the level of safety culture and expectations for that project or facility. When housekeeping is highly maintained, injuries are typically quite low. When housekeeping is low, you can expect injuries will increase. Why?

Poor housekeeping provides more safety hazards in the work and home environments, causing more chances for injuries to occur. The most obvious hazards of poor housekeeping are slips, trips, and falls from cluttered and dirty walkway areas.

Keeping your work and living spaces clean and organized is an important way to prevent accidents. Below are some suggestions of how to reduce risk of injury.

Keep floors and stairs clear of objects that could cause slips, trips, and falls.
Store cleaning products away from food, and out of the reach of children.
Keep surfaces clean to prevent the spread of germs.
Be careful with heavy objects stored high that require overhead reaching.
Properly store items that could cause injury from falling.
Ensure proper lighting to prevent shadows and trip hazards.

Keep floors and walkways clear of objects that could cause slips, trips, and falls.
Keep drawers and filing cabinets shut to prevent them from tipping over, or from people running into them.
Do not over-stack materials which have the potential to tip over.
Clean coffee cups and other food containers to prevent the growth of bacteria.
Clean up all spills right away.
Keep your work area organized and clutter-free.

Construction Site
Keep walkways and traffic zones free from debris, power cords, hoses, etc.
Remove waste to minimize fire hazards.
Clean up and dispose of scrap, waste, and unused materials.
Be cautious of slippery surfaces like sealed concrete or sawdust.
Keep materials at least 5 feet from openings, roof edges, excavations, or trenches.
Remove, or bend over, nails that protrude from lumber.

What safety hazards do you see in YOUR work or living area? Clean them up and inspire others to follow your lead!



Share the Road

4/30/2015 - Posted by Ronda Friesel

05-04-15 Share the Road

Warmer weather has finally arrived and with that comes a greater number and variety of people and vehicles competing for space on the roadways. Your safety depends on maintaining a constant awareness of everything going on around you while on the road.

Trucks and automobiles. Trucks and buses have large blind spots, however all vehicles have blind spots that you should be aware of. Allow at least three feet of clearance to others who are sharing the road, fasten seat belts, and drive defensively. Unfortunately, some people still need to be reminded to “Hang up and Drive!”

Motorcycles and bicycles. Make yourself visible! You have the same rights and responsibilities when sharing the road, and must obey the same traffic laws as trucks and automobiles. Wear helmets, ride in a single file or staggered line, use turn signals, and always be predictable. Look out for debris, potholes, and road hazards. Keep equipment in good working order. Above all, “Ride To Survive!”

Runners and walkers. Wear high visibility (hi-vis) clothing / gear that makes you visible! If possible, stay on walkways / paths, face oncoming traffic, and always carry a form of identification. For more safety tips check out Runnersworld.com

Farm equipment. In rural areas, you should expect to encounter farm equipment and other slow moving vehicles on the road. Patience is the best way to avoid collisions. Slow down to pass!

Construction zones. Consider taking an alternate route to avoid construction zones. Be on high alert – work zones are inherently unsafe. Slow down and allow others to merge, follow signs and flaggers, and look out for workers and equipment.

Kids at play. Expect the unexpected. Always anticipate that a child might run out between parked cars. The death rate for pedestrians in a 30 MPH zone is three times that for 25 MPH zones. Slow Down!

A safe driver is not necessarily someone who has been lucky enough to avoid accidents, but safe drivers are courteous and defensive, looking out for others, avoiding distractions, and are always on alert to anticipate and respond to potential traffic situations. Safe drivers share the road so that they do not become part of, or contribute to, a preventable accident. Be a courteous and defensive driver. Share the Road!


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