5 Minute Safety Talks
Active Shooter: Response
<p>Addressing workplace violence is an essential element of your workplace safety and health program. Having a policy that strictly prohibits violence, or threats of violence, is the first step.</p>
All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Safety
ATVs have become popular for work and recreation on many farms and ranches. Unfortunately, reported cases of serious injury and death have increased along with their increased use.
Cold Weather
Cold weather can bring accidents, property damage and unfortunately, even death. Be prepared by following these simple tips for cold weather prep, driving in cold/inclement weather and safely using alternative heating sources.
Distracted Driving
In 2016, an estimated 3,000 lives were lost to distracted drivers. Distracted Driving is defined as any activity that takes your eyes off the road, your hands off the wheel, or your mind off your primary task of driving safely, potentially endangering the driver, passenger and bystander safety.
Driving at Night
Traffic death rates are three times greater at night than during the day, according to the National Safety Council. Driving at night is more of a challenge than many people think. It's also more dangerous.
Driving Defensively
More than 41,000 people lose their lives in motor vehicle crashes each year and over two million more suffer disabling injuries, according to the National Safety Council.
Driving in the Rain
Losing control of your car on wet pavement is a frightening experience. Unfortunately, it can happen unless you take preventive measures.
Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS)
What is ETS? What are the health effects? What can be done to reduce the risk of exposure?
Extension Cord Safety
<p>Extension cords are a helpful tool in any workplace, when used correctly. However, too often employers become over-dependent upon cords, which may only be used for temporary use. Cords may be misused and are easily damaged, which may result in electrical shock, electrocution, or fires.</p>
Farm Shop Safety
Service and maintenance tasks can often lead to serious injury. The farm shop and the field are the primary locations where repair operations are completed. Make sure your farm shop is part of a farm safety solution, not a problem.
Fire Safety & Preparedness for Offices
<p>Office work is generally considered a low-hazard occupation. That doesn&rsquo;t mean hazards aren&rsquo;t present or that emergencies may not arise.&nbsp;Preventing office fires is an important component to any safety and health program, and should include requirements to keep excess papers and files stored in file cabinets and keeping chemicals properly stored. When fires do occur, it&#39;s important&nbsp;to ensure employees take the proper actions.</p>
Flu in the Workplace
<p>According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), each year, the flu will infect 5 to 20 percent of people in the United States. Sharing it with customers and colleagues are common ways people are infected. So how do you keep it out of your workplace?</p>
How to Make Your Holiday Season a Safe One
The National Safety Council offers these suggestions to help make your holiday season safe.
Mold in the Workplace
<p>Exposure to mold can cause a variety of adverse health effects. Learn about the health effects of mold exposure, how to recognize mold and how to clean up small areas of mold.</p>
Where are they found? What are the health effects? How can you reduce the risk of exposure in your home?
Preventing Slips & Falls
In 1998, falls in the home and community caused or led to 15,900 deaths. All age groups are vulnerable, but older adults are most at risk. In fact, 80% of those receiving fatal injury are over the age of 65.
Protect Yourself...Wear a Helmet!
What do bicycling, horseback riding, baseball and in-line skating have in common? Helmets!
Reduce Your Risk of Becoming a Carjack Victim
Incidences of carjacking and other auto-related crimes have appeared regularly in news stories. Despite the danger, there are measures you can take to guard against crime when you are behind the wheel or walking to your vehicle.
Reporting Accidents & Emergencies
A great benefit of cellular telephones is their use in reporting trouble, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP). To warrant mobile phone handling, authorities say that an incident is considered an emergency if it requires immediate action.
Roadway Work Zone Safety
In 2003, 1,028 people killed and 40,637 people injured in work zone crashes. Of the 1,028 people killed in work zones, 862 were in construction zones, 79 were in maintenance zones, 21 were in utility zones, and 66 were in another type of work zone.
Safe Use of Hand Tools
Tools have always been indispensable helpmates, and a good set of hand tools is essential for any farm shop, machinery or facility repair. Unfortunately, tools also contribute to countless injuries when used incompetently.
Sun & Heat Exposure
During late spring and summer many people like to spend time outside in the sun for fun or work. But overexposure to the sun can damage the skin and could cause skin cancer.
The Four Phases of Emergency Management for Businesses
<p>Businesses and their staff face a variety of hazards.&nbsp;There is much that a business leader can do to prepare his or her organization for the most likely hazards.</p>
Tips for Providing Safety Talks to Your Employees
<p>As a supervisor or manager, providing your employees with frequent, site-specific training is an important part of your job. Safety training offers the opportunity to make a great impact on morale and productivity, as well as helping your company provide a safe and healthful work environment. If you have been tasked with presenting safety topics to your coworkers, here are a few tips to help make it easier for you and more interesting for your audience.</p>
Tractor Safety
Farm tractors provide the primary source of power on many farms. Studies show that the farm tractor is involved in a high proportion of farm fatalities and severe injuries.
What To Do if Your Car Breaks Down
You are driving down the highway when suddenly you have car trouble. The National Safety Council suggests the following measures when your car breaks down or has a flat tire on the highway.
What To Do When Your Brakes Fail
Having your brakes fail while you are driving is a dangerous and horrifying experience, especially when you are traveling on an interstate highway or other high-speed roadway.