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Safety Spotlight: Controlling Stress

Stress. Many of us are faced with it every day, but we might not know how to deal with it. It is important to learn how to handle stress because it can affect our performance and relationships in our work and home. At work, stress can lead to distraction and cause an unfortunate accident. At home, stress can put a …

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Safety Spotlight: Don’t Get Sore at Your Computer

It’s hard to imagine getting along without computers today. Many of us spend hours at the keyboard―both at home and at work―writing letters, reports, memos, keeping records, etc. With a computer, we can do most of our work sitting in one place―with little need to go to the file cabinet, the pencil sharpener, or the mailbox any more. As a …

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Safety Spotlight: Housekeeping Is Part of the Job!

You, the employer and owner, are not your employees’ mother! What do I mean by that, you ask? I mean, just like when you were young, your mother had to remind you to pick up after yourself. Now that you are on your own, adults still seem to be told to clean up from time to time. Housekeeping is a …

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Safety Spotlight: Defensive Driving

The formula for defensive driving is see the hazard, understand the defense, and act in time. All drivers must apply this formula to prevent accidents in spite of the actions of other drivers or the presence of adverse driving conditions. A defensive driver must be able to accurately predict the outcome of traffic situations in order to apply the defense …

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Safety Spotlight: Avoiding Electrical Shock

Electrical hazards can be found in all industries. Avoiding electrical shocks both at home and at work requires awareness of the hazards and a respect for this “Silent Killer.” The human body has a low resistance to electricity, making it a good conductor, like most metals. Unlike metals however, the human body does not respond well when electricity passes through it. Physical …

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Safety Spotlight: Lift It Twice!

Most of you have heard the general rules of safe lifting. Remember to: “Get a firm grip on the load, keep it close, bend at the knees, use your legs to lift the load, and keep your spine in the natural position (with an arch in your lower back).” These principles always apply and should be incorporated into every lift―if …

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Safety Spotlight: Gasoline-Safety Tips

It’s hard to discuss a flammable liquid as commonplace as gasoline. We use it every day. In fact, because to “fill-er up” at the pump is such an ordinary occurrence, we tend to forget just how very dangerous gasoline is! When was the first time that you remember using gasoline? Was it asking Mom or Dad to let you hold …

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New Employees Need Safety Training, Too!

So you have some new employees. In addition to the communication training you’ll be giving them as they onboard, you also need to provide some basic safety training to help ensure they don’t hurt themselves. You can never take their knowledge in this important area for granted. Here are several safety topics to think about. First Aid & Emergency: Where …

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Safety Spotlight: Are Your Techs Properly Dressed?

Wearing the proper clothing and personal protective equipment in the working environment is critical. Appropriate clothing is your first and often only line of defense against many safety and health hazards. Proper clothing is key. Simple as it may sound, you must dress for the occasion. Wearing stylish clothing can create a bigger hazard or may not provide protection from …

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Safety Spotlight: Screwdriver Safety!

The screwdriver is intended for one purpose only―to loosen and tighten screws. It’s not only important to know what a screwdriver is used for, but how to take care of it and use it properly. The following suggestions will enable you to make the best use of this tool. PROPER CARE OF SCREWDRIVERS Repair screwdrivers that are badly worn or …