Summer is here! The summer sun and high temperatures affect everyone . . . especially those of us working outdoors. It’s important to take precautions to protect your skin and eyes. Beware of the strong, skin-searing midday sun from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Don’t leave home without sunscreen protection. Commit to wearing your hat. Don’t forget […]
FATIGUE IS A SAFETY RISK
GET A GOOD NIGHT’S REST! Are you getting enough sleep? According to an Institute of Medicine study, about 50 million Americans are not. Yet, adequate rest is as vital to health & peak performance as exercise and good nutrition . . . . and it can be so e-zzzz! Go to bed and get up […]
Prevent Heat Illness
Prevent Heat Illness There were 7415 heat -related deaths in the United States from 1999 to 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC ). These preventable deaths illustrate how important preparation is during extreme temps. Whether you are swimming at the beach or lounging in the park, you should be […]
Oh, My Aching Back!
You’ve probably heard that in order to lift safely, you must lift properly – and here’s how: GET AS CLOSE TO THE LOAD AS POSSIBLE – The further the load is from the centerline of your body, the greater the strain imposed on your back. AVOID PICKING UP HEAVY OBJECTS PLACED BELOW YOUR KNEES – […]
EARTH’S EASIEST EXERCISE
Walking can add years to your life and life to your years – and it couldn’t be easier! You don’t need to join a health club, wear special equipment or go into training to reap the rewards. THE CONDITIONER: Walking conditions your heart and lungs and improves your body’s ability to use oxygen more efficiently. […]
BE SMART – BE SAFE!
When operating any vehicle, we all have one –- and only one -– responsibility, and that is to safely drive the vehicle. Safe driving requires 100% attention to the task at hand.
Speeding may save a few minutes, but slowing down can save a life. Remind yourself to SLOW DOWN when entering curves in the roadway. Especially ones you are unfamiliar with. The Laws of Gravity demand it! Maintain your lane of travel. If you are having a hard time doing this in a curve you are going too […]
How to Manage ANGER
Frequently losing your temper not only alienates others – it can contribute to health problems – including headaches, upset stomach and heart attack. Take control — COUNT TO 10: When something angers you, give your body time to defuse before you react. Take three or four deep breaths. Ask yourself: “will this really matter […]
SEAT BELT MYTH
SEAT BELT MYTH: Safety belts aren’t necessary for low speed driving. FACT: In a frontal collision occurring at 30mph, an unbelted person continues to move forward at 30mph, causing him/her to hit the windshield at about 30mph. This is the same velocity a person falling from the top of a 3-story building would experience upon […]
6 Full Body Stretches
Stretching helps build flexibility and range of motion. When stretching, follow these guidelines: Use gentle fluid movements and breathe normally. Never force a joint beyond its normal range of motion; you should not feel any pain. Try these out!