SAFE ME Resources
- Physical Fitness
- Proper Lifting
- Awareness of Hazardous Substances
- First Aid Basics
- Physical Ailments & Impacts
- Members Assistance Podcast
Welcome to the third challenge of our 2018 program “New Me. Safe Me”, which is designed to provide you with the resources and tools focused on 6 key areas that will help you stay safer on and off the job.
The first and most important of these is the importance of physical fitness. Making time in your daily schedule for exercise, including stretching, will not only keep you healthy but it will prevent strains, sprains as well as help to reduce stress and fatigue.
With 1 in every 5 workers being sleep deprived and 54 percent of them being more likely to experience stress in their job, incorporating daily exercise produces endorphins, which are the chemicals in the brain that act as natural painkillers, improving your ability to sleep and ultimately minimizing fatigue.
View below the 9-step stretch program to help reduce injuries, minimize stress and fatigue!
A healthy body helps protect you from injuries on the job as well as decreases the negative impacts of sleeplessness.
Minimize injuries by keeping both your body and mind healthy and alert!
Did you know that the TOP 3 injuries resulting in loss of work days includes overexertion, contact with equipment, and slips, trips and falls? Worse is, falls are the number one cause of construction-worker fatalities, accounting for one-third of on-the-job deaths in the industry.
With construction and manufacturing falling in the top 5 occupations with the most lost days of work due to injury, we are committed to providing you with the resources you need to stay safe, aware and injury free.
Whether you are at home or on the job, here are few quick tips to always remember:
Avoid slips and falls by:
- Observe your working area to identify any potential hazards.
- Always put equipment and tools away, not on the ground.
- Make sure ladders are on flat surface and secured before going up.
Avoid over exerting yourself by:
- Don’t bend, twist or reach when lifting.
- Always use your knees, NOT your back.
- AND always take frequent breaks.
Avoid injury of equipment by:
- Always wear proper head, hand and foot gear. Remember your PPE.
- Store heavy objects closer to the floor.
- Be aware of moving equipment and objects in your work area.
Recent statistics show that exposure to harmful substances or environments account for almost 8% of workplace fatalities. However, experts believe that these exposures result in a significantly larger number of chronic illnesses and deaths that go untracked because the symptoms may not show for years. For example, mesothelioma is usually attributed to workplace asbestos exposure, but such deaths are not counted in workplace fatality statistics.
You may be exposed to certain hazards including, but not limited to:
- Heavy metals, such as lead dust
- Concrete and silica dust
- Oils, greases, solvents
Exposure to these may cause immediate effects and if not treated, could be carried home to loved ones. Some of these symptoms may include:
- Itchy burning eyes
- Difficulty swallowing
- Vomiting and diarrhea
Protect yourself and others by following these simple steps:
- Eliminate the hazard (if possible) OR substitute hazard with safer alternative (if possible)
- Engineering controls: ventilation/wetting/guarding/etc.
- Administrative: Giving breaks/cycling work to minimize exposures/training
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Respirators/hearing protections/face shields/gloves/boots/etc.
Understanding your work environment, identifying any potential risks and taking the appropriate precautions will keep you and others around you safe.
Being able to provide immediate and effective first aid to yourself and others who are injured may reduce the severity of the injury, aid in the recovery, and could make a difference between life and death.
Whether you work in low or high-risk environments, it is necessary for everyone to know how to respond to that unexpected situation. Knowing basic First Aid skills and CPR, will not only benefit you at work but also at home when you are with family and friends.
Here are just a few basics to remember when administering first aid:
1- Remember your ABC’s – These are the priorities whenever you find yourself in a first aid situation. They stand for airway, breathing and circulation. If someone is unconscious, attempt to keep their airway open. If the person is breathing, try to keep them in a comfortable recovery position. Most importantly, keeping their air circulation systems working properly is crucial.
2. Prevent Bleeding – Whether the injury is slight or severe, profuse bleeding may occur. Apply slight pressure to the affected area and look for something to apply pressure until the bleeding stops or help arrives.
3. Burns – Find a piece of cloth that you can wet and compress the burnt area to minimize and prevent damaging the skin further. Keep the victim calm and comforted by letting them know that help is on the way.
4. Sprains – The most important and effective treatment is icing. Whether it is an ankle or a wrist, always apply an “ice pack” on the affected area. If the swelling does not go down, there could be something more serious requiring professional attention.
While common ailments and illnesses have an adverse effect on productivity, they have an even greater effect on mental health and wellbeing. While some may be temporary or permanent, self-induced or genetic, it is important to be able to recognize and respond to the signs of what is a growing epidemic in the workplace such as depression and anxiety.
- 1 in 4 Americans say Work is a source of Anxiety
- Half of employees with Anxiety say it interferes with coworker relationships
- 1 in 5 (18%) Adults have a mental health condition. That’s over 40 million Americans and more than the populations of New York and Florida combined
- Nearly ½ have a co-occuring substance abuse disorder
- 9.6 Million experience suicidal ideation
Mental illness is not always easy to identify and it can hide right under our noses. Below are 2 of the 6 signs that could help keep you, your colleagues or family identify mental illness and respond as necessary.
- A Change in Personality
- Uncharacteristic Anxiety, Anger, or Moodiness