The Do's and Don'ts of Water Safety

It's that time of year again-we're waist deep in the summer months!  Now that it's summertime, families are packing their bags and hitting the water.  But, did you know that drowning is still the leading cause of injury-related death among children ages one to four?  Keep everyone safe this summer by following these Do's and Dont's of water safety:

 

DO:

  • Put your cell phone away and give young children 100% of your attention when they are near water.

  • Learn CPR.  The Utah Safety Council offers a First Aid, CPR. and AED training course.

  • Empty all tubs, buckets, and wading pools immediately after use.  Just one inch of water can act as a life threatening hazard for young children.

  • Check out this great infographic from Safe Kids.

DON'T:

  • Leave a child unattended around water.  It's important to maintain contact at all times.  

  • Keep toilet lids open.  Instead, use seat locks to prevent drowning and keep doors to bathroom and laundry rooms closed.

  • Count on "water wings" to keep children safe.  These DO NOT take the place of U.S. Coast Guard approved life jackets.

Find more tips about water safety on Utah Safety Council website or contact Rachel Hiatt at rhiatt@utahsafetycouncil.org.

Slips, Trips and Falls

Slips, trips, and falls are the second leading cause of nonfatal injury in the workplace resulting in days away from work.  Although it is a common problem, these types of injuries can be prevented.

 

The top causes for these injuries include distracted walking, wet floors, uneven or icy parking lots, restricted visibility around corners, cluttered pathways, running on stairs, not holding handrails, cords across walkways, and too heavy of a load.  All of these causes need to be addressed by employers, but employees can also provide great feedback as they are key players in identifying hazards.

 

Here are some tips to create a safe walking environment:

  • Secure electrical and phone cords away from traffic areas

  • Tape down non-skid rugs

  • Keep drawers and cabinets closed at all times

  • Wear proper footwear

  • Clean up any spills immediately and include warning signage

  • Refrain from distracted walking

  • Ensure there is adequate lighting

  • Don't carry too much

 

 

 

Prescription painkiller abuse is a rising peidemic and can greatly impact the workplace.  Employees may now be struggling with a problem they never intended to have.  If you suspect a co-worker or employee is under the influence of prescription painkillers, common on-the-job behaviors that may indicate a problem include:

  • Lack of attention or focus

  • Poor decision-making

  • Decreasing work quality

  • Poor judgment

  • Unusual carelessness

  • Frequently misses work

Many of these signs and symptoms may come on gradually and can be difficult to spot.  None of them is a definitive indicator that the person has a problem, but if there is suspicion, please contact Human Resources or your Employee Assistance Program to take appropriate action.  

Chronic Back Pain

Because so many additions stem from a serious medical problem, prevention is important.  Back injuries, for example, are some of the most common work-related injuries.  Though most back are treated successfully with ant-inflammatory medications, exercises, physical therapy and other methods, sometimes opioid painkillers are prescribed.  They should usually only be used for less than seven days, as longer use increases your risk of long-term complications.  

Being proactive in your daily routine can help sideline these injuries before they become serious and prevent the need for painkillers:

  • Pay attention to your form: Maintaining good posture and practicing proper lifting techniques are key in ergonomic safety

  • Watch your weight: Carrying extra pounds can cause an extra strain on your back

  • Put your cigarettes out: Smokers are especially vulnerable to back pain due to nutrient restriction to the spinal discs 

Safe Use, Storage & Disposal of Prescription Drugs

If you or a family member receives a prescription for these types of drugs, take these steps to prevent drug misuse:

  • Always follow the doctor recommended dosage

  • Keep medications in their original container, up & away from the reach of children and pets

  • Throw out leftover or expired drugs safely; visit nsc.org/disposalresources for more information.

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