Keep It Safe In The Summer

The safety issues we’re going to cover in this issue apply to both your workplace and home. That’s because it’s almost impossible to differentiate between the two.  Ultimately, no matter where your injury occurred, you may be unable to work and your family must accommodate your needs.

Heat

The one thing you can probably count on in Oklahoma is that it will be scorching in July and August and, if you have to be outside, you must be prepared:

Severe Weather

Every campus has established tornado and severe weather procedures because it has a population of students, employees, and visitors who must be protected from harm.  It’s the responsibility of every employee to know and immediately follow the procedures established on your campus.

Have you discussed and practiced severe weather procedures with your family?

Bugs!

They come in all shapes and sizes, but in the summer there is one insect you should be prepared for—the tick.

Home Projects

Do you wear safety glasses when mowing, weeding, or edging?  Do you climb a ladder to reroof or clean gutters?  Do you use a chainsaw or crafts-man tools?  Do you fill your mower with gasoline?  When you first purchased the equipment you use for home projects, you probably read the manuals. Have you re-read the safety guidelines?

Tanning

Nearly one-third of skin cancers occur on the face and neck. In the sun, you should wear a hat with a brim; especially during the hours of 10 am to 2 pm. Apply a generous amount (at least a half-ounce) of sunscreen. Sunscreen that protects against UV-A and UV-B is most desirable—the old-fashioned crème, zinc oxide, is making a come-back because it shelters the skin from all rays.  Also remember that, even with sunscreen on, you can’t bake all day without the possibility of some skin damage.

Keep A Safe Driver Attitude

Chances are, you will do more driving in the summer than in the winter—both on and off the job.  When you are behind the wheel, please remember these important issues:

Staying Safe While You Travel

These tips are not everything you need to know about safe travel but, at a minimum, they may save you some trouble.