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National Safety Month 2023

June is #NationalSafetyMonth - a good time to remind ourselves to prepare and practice safety in and out of the work place. Below are some tips and reminders for each week's theme!


Week 1: EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

Home emergency supply kits should include:

  • One gallon of water per person per day for at least three days

  • Three days-worth of nonperishable protein-packed foods you can cook without electricity, such as tuna, peanut butter and granola bars, and don't forget about food for your pets

  • Can opener

  • Hand-crank or battery-powered radio with extra batteries

  • Flashlight with extra batteries

  • First aid kit with gauze, tape, bandages, antibiotic ointment, aspirin, a blanket, nonlatex gloves, scissors, hydrocortisone, thermometer, tweezers and instant cold compress

  • Tool kit with basic tools, in case you need to shut off utilities

  • Hand sanitizer and garbage bags for sanitation

  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape in case of broken windows or a leaky roof

  • Whistle to signal for help so rescuers can locate you

Vehicle emergency supply kits should include:

  • A properly inflated spare tire, wheel wrench and tripod jack

  • Jumper cables

  • Tool kit and/or a multipurpose utility tool

  • Flashlight and extra batteries

  • First aid kit with gauze, tape, bandages, antibiotic ointment, aspirin, a blanket, nonlatex gloves, scissors, hydrocortisone, thermometer, tweezers and instant cold compress

  • Nonperishable, high-energy foods, such as unsalted nuts, dried fruits and hard candy

  • Drinking water

  • Car charger for your cell phone

  • Windshield washer fluid

  • Warm clothing

  • Blankets

Learn more about emergency preparedness here.



Week 2: SLIPS, TRIPS AND FALLS

Ladder Safety:

  • Pick the right ladder

  • Inspect before use

  • Go (3 feet) above and beyond

  • Maintain three points of contact

  • Monitor the weather

  • Make a space

  • Secure during transport and when storing

OSHA's Standard: Employers must ensure all places of employment, passageways, storerooms, service rooms and walking-working surfaces are kept in a clean, orderly and sanitary condition.


NIOSH recommends that workers wear slip-resistant shoes that are also resistant to oil, chemicals and heat.


Learn more about slips, trips and falls here.



Week 3: HEAT-RELATED ILLNESS Summer Safety:

  • Wear sunscreen and light clothing to protect your skin from harmful UV rays

  • Drink plenty of water! The average adult needs at least 64 ounces of water per day

  • Know the signs of emergencies, such as heat cramps, heat stroke and heat exhaustion!

  • Take breaks in the shade when possible, and remove any outer gear you may be wearing

  • Be mindful of your pets and animals! Bring them inside and/or provide shade with plenty of water

Learn more about heat-related illness here.



Week 4: HAZARD RECOGNITION


Learn more about hazard recognition here.


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