The National Safety Council has designated the month of June as National Safety Month. The mission of NSC is to promote safety at work, at home and on the road. Below are safety tips for travel nurses provided by The National Safety Council.
Safety Check: Slips, Trips and Falls
No matter the workplace environment, tripping hazards are everywhere. Use these tips to help you maintain a clutter-free and safe workplace. Secure electrical and phone cords away from traffic areas, such as hallways. Use non-skid rugs and be sure to tape them down to prevent rolling. Keep drawers and cabinets closed at all times. Be sure to wear the proper footwear for the job, paying special attention to outdoor conditions. Clean up any spills immediately and include warning signage. Refrain from walking distracted – stay focused on your surroundings. Ensure there is adequate lighting in workspaces . Don’t carry too much – you need your arms to maintain balance and stability
Fast Stat: Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries, including concussions. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Safety Check: Ergonomics
Lift safely! Improper lifting technique can lead to strains, dislocations and even muscle tears, with most injuries occurring in the back. Whether you’re organizing your inventory or decorating your home, make sure you’re practicing these safe-lifting guidelines. Stretch beforehand so your body gets warmed up. Keep your back straight and bend your knees – remember to never twist or bend your back. Make sure you’re on solid ground with your feet shoulder-width apart. Keep the box or object close to your body. Lift with your legs, not your back. Limit the amount of weight you carry – it’s better to separate boxes or make two trips than to carry too much at once. Ask for help to carry heavy, bulky or large loads. Keep pathways clear of tripping hazards
Fast Stat: About 80% of the American population will experience a back problem at some point. These injuries are not only preventable, they’re also costly – Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on back pain. (American Chiropractic Association)
Safety Check: Get There Safe and Sound
Car crashes remain a leading cause of unintentional death in the U.S., with nearly 100 people killed on our roadways every day. Fortunately, these crashes can be prevented if we all take steps to ensure one another’s safety. On the road, off the phone Cell phone use – texting or talking on a handheld or hands-free device – is involved in an estimated 26 percent of all crashes each year. Hands-free is not risk-free, either. Even if your hands are on the wheel and your eyes are on the road, your brain is distracted by the cell phone conversation. Before you set out, make sure: Your cell phone is turned off and put in a purse, trunk or glove compartment, to designate a passenger to answer the phone for you if you’re expecting a call, and to schedule breaks to check voicemail, texts and emails.
Get plenty of sleep An estimated 1,550 people are killed each year in crashes involving drowsy drivers. You should never get behind the wheel if you are tired or have been taking certain medications. To make sure you don’t get tired during the drive: Take a pre-drive nap, and pull over for a “power nap” if you get tired. Drive with a partner, and switch drivers every two hours. Schedule frequent breaks to get out and stretch your legs.
Fast Stat: More than 35,000 people are killed each year in traffic crashes, with alcohol, speeding and distraction being leading crash factors. (Injury Facts ®)
Tip: Drive the way you want your fellow motorists to drive. Turn off your cell phone, get plenty of sleep, never drive after drinking and spend time teaching your teen how to drive.
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