Comment: The use of extension cords are the leading cause of electrical fires and can cause injury if used improperly. There are an estimated 3,300 residential fires that originate from improper use of electrical extension cords. More than 300 people are killed and/or injured each year from electrical extension cords. Many of the injuries involve fractures, laceratons, contusions, or sprains caused from tripping over the cords. So keep the below safety features in mind to help make both your office space and home more safe. Dennis Hilton, For The Company Safety Council
General: Electrical extension cords are used in many office buildings and worksites, and should be treated with caution. Many State Divisions of Workers’ Compensation reminds workers that correct use of extension cords is an important component of on-the-job electrical safety.
The following are do’s and don’ts that pertain to ensuring a safe environment wherever an electrical extension cord may be present.
Conclusion: An office space that relies heavily on the use of extension cords may be an indication that there too few outlets to cover your electrical needs. If this is the case, you may want to send a maintenance request to have your electrical needs evaluated for more outlets.
Comment: Eye strain is a common and annoying condition. Eye strain is rarely a serious condition. Common sense precautions at home, work, and when outdoors may help prevent or reduce eye strain. Yet, sometimes there may be underlying conditions resulting in eye strain that may require medical treatment. If you have eye strain and it remains persistent, you may want to visit your eye specialists. Dennis Hilton, For The Company Safety Council
General: Do you ever find yourself rubbing your eyes, blinking repeatedly and looking away from your computer screen? You may be experiencing eye strain. The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) notes that as more and more workers stare at computer screens and monitors all day, side effects from eye strain – including blurred vision, headaches, dry eyes and frequent blinking – are becoming more common.
How Then Can You Prevent Eye Strain?
For most people, eye strain results from focusing too intently on a screen and not blinking enough, according to AOA. To help relieve eye strain, try to blink more or use artificial tears. Other tips AOA recommends to prevent eye strain include:
1. Ensure your working space is properly lit. This may mean closing blinds to prevent glare and avoiding fluorescent lights.
2. To help diminish glare, place an anti-glare screen on your monitor and pain walls dark colors.
3. Take regular rest breaks (every few hours for five minutes) to allow your eyes to relax.
4. Position your monitor 20 to 26 inches away from your eyes.
5. Ask your eye care provider about devices that might help, such as anti-reflective lenses or bifocal lenses.
6. If the text size on your monitor is too small, adjust it until it is big enough to comfortably read. Generally, this means increasing the text size about three times.
7. If you are younger than 40, AOA recommends seeing an eye doctor at least every other year; people 40 and older should make an annual appointment.
8. Not following proper procedure.
9. Not wearing personal protective equipment.
10. Playing around or joking in the workplace.
Conclusion: Usually eye strain can be prevented or reduced by making simple changes in your work habits or environments.
Comment: Each year the flu affects millions of Americans. A typical case of the flu generally resolves itself after three to seven days although a cough and fatigue can persist for more than two weeks. Help protect yourself from the flu this season by either getting a flu shot or take protective steps as identified in the below summary of how flu can be curtailed. Dennis Hilton, Corporate Safety Council
General: The flu can have a significantly negative impact on employee’s productivity. Did you know that approximately 111 million workdays are lost each year to flu-related illnesses? Take a few moments to familiarize yourself with the dangers of the flu and steps you can take to avoid contacting the flu this year.
1. Below are some additional facts pertaining to the flu that you may not are aware.
2. What steps can an employers/individuals do to help minimize the spread of flu:
3. OSHA recommends additional safety precautions for employees:
Summary: Having the flu can be very discomforting and often can lead to more serious health conditions. The best way to prevent the flu is to take the flu shop. If you choose to not take a flu shot, then ensure that you are aware of some of the safe steps that you can employ to protect yourself, your family, and your fellow employee from the flu.
Commentary: When we arrive at work each day we have a predetermined mental image that our office area is safe and we sometimes ignore warning signs that something may be amiss. Our topic today is "Guide To Office Safety" and the focus is on some steps to take to preclude office injuries from occurring. When we come to work we need to keep our awareness on alert to ensure that we do not ignore warning signs that could cause injury to ourselves or a fellow employee. D. Hilton, For the Company Safety Council
General: Compared to an industrial work environment, an office can seem like a safe place to work. However, many serious accidents and injuries occur on a regular basis in offices every day. The solution to a work free environment is to first be able to recognize work danger zones and be prepared to deal with your observations before an injury occurs. Let’s spend a few minutes reviewing some precautions that every office employee should observe while performing their duties.
1. 10 Precautions every office employee should observe while in the work area.
a. Keep alert for office hazards and correct or report them right away.
b. Remove tripping hazards, and clean up spills that can lead to falls and injuries.
c. Be careful on stairs and when using step stools or ladders to prevent falls.
d. Eliminate or report fire hazards anywhere in the office.
e. Know where fire extinguishers are located and how to use them.
f. Know what to do in an emergency, and be prepared to evacuate the building safely.
g. Use the proper technique to lift objects safely and prevent back injuries.
h. Avoid musculoskeletal disorders like carpal tunnel syndrome by using proper posture while working and by stretching and taking breaks to relax tense muscles.
i. Take precautions to prevent objects from falling down from high places and to prevent collisions with drawers, boxes, furniture, or other objects.
j. Keep your workspace neat and orderly, and clean up after yourself and others to prevent accidents and injuries.
Summary: Preventing workplace accidents is something that we can control. It begins with recognizing where there is probability of danger, and then correcting the problem before some becomes a statistic.
Introduction: Prescription drug abuse is a problem in the United States. Every day in the USA approximately 2500 (12 to 17) year old youth abuse a prescription pain reliever for the first time. Prescription drug use can lead to addiction and to even death. Never, never take a prescripton drug that was issued to a family member or a friend. If you are taking a prescription drug(s) if you experience something unusual, contact your doctor or pharmacists ASAP! Dennis Hilton, For The Company Safety Council
General: Prescription drugs are used by many people for a variety of reasons. While these medications can be helpful—even lifesaving for some---they can also pose a serious safety risk when used and/or abused in the workplace. Today we are going to spend a few moments to review the risks of prescription drugs and what you need to know to stay safe when using an approved prescription drug.
1. True or False? Prescription drug abuse is the nation’s fastest-growing drug problem.
The answer is true.
The answer is false.
4. What are some side affects of prescription medications that you should be aware?
Summary: Remember when taking prescription drugs or any form of medications one must be aware of their potential dangers. At the first sign that something unusual may be wrong, contact your doctor or pharmacist for guidance.