As the weather gets colder, fireplaces and wood stoves are fired up to keep us warm. As cozy as fires are, there are also indoor air quality issues associated with them.
Stay warm and comfortable but stay safe as well. Watch this youtube video by IAQvideonetwork
I often get emails from various people who would like me to post a link to something that they have online on our e-commerce website at www.nationalsafetyinc.com. We have a “links” section that we provide to help readers find resources to safety related topics, training material, downloads, documents, etc…
Most of the time I simply delete them because they are either not really relevant or there simply isn’t enough material there for me to feel that it is of value to our readers (or, as is also often the case, it has absolutely nothing to do with safety and they are just trying to get links to rank better in Google). This past week, however, I got an email from Matthew Pelletier who is director of marketing at Compliance and Safety mentioning the fact that they have a section of their website where people can view and download free training PowerPoints. He thought it would be a good addition to our links section and, after checking it out, I agree.
Check them out for yourself at http://complianceandsafety.com/blog/industrial-safety-training-powerpoints/
Came across this video the other day. It’s a short clip from WDAY channel 6 news about the dangers children can face playing in and around snow piles, especially with traffic nearby. Have a look:
Well, there it is. First they tell us coffee isn’t good for us, then they tell us it is. First they tell us that chocolate isn’t good for us, then they tell us it is. Now they’re telling us that video games are actually good for our kids. What next?!?!
According to a new study released by the American Psychological Association video games, and here’s the kicker, especially violent 3D shooter type games, actually help children.
“Contrary to conventional beliefs that playing video games is intellectually lazy and sedating, it turns out that playing these games promotes a wide range of cognitive skills. This is particularly true for shooter video games (often called “action” games by researchers), many of which are violent in nature (e.g., Halo 4, Grand Theft Auto IV).”
“spatial skills can be trained with video games in a relatively brief period, that these training benefits last over an ex-tended period of time, and crucially, that these skills trans-fer to other spatial tasks outside the video game context.”
The 13-page study is available online and recognizes other benefits, including cognitive, health and social skills. Video games like Angry Birds and other simple, quick play games also promote relaxation and relieve stress.
It is important to note that these advantages, however, need to be weighed against other negative effects that gaming may produce such as isolation and addiction. Children that also play a lot of video games tend not to get as much exercise as other children.
For now the answer to the question of whether or not you should let your kids play video games is probably the same as it’s always been. It depends on the child, on the age of the child and on whether or not video games is part of a balanced approach to other activities and social interaction. At least it can help you feel a little better about allowing your child to play video games but again, you need to be a responsible parent and monitor your child and see how the gaming is effecting him or her. You know your child best and should be aware of whether or not playing video games is having a negative effect that outweighs the positive it may or may not be producing.
That might, at first glance, sound like a silly or self-evident question… Accidents are caused by not doing something safely, right? But the issue is that in most cases, the people who have or cause accidents do, in fact, know better. They know that it isn’t safe to use a table saw without putting on safety glasses. They understand that they shouldn’t back up without looking, but somehow they do it anyway and that’s the question. Why?
There are several attitudes that contribute to accidents in the workplace (or elsewhere for that matter). They are:
- Fear – That might sound strange because we tend to think that fear would keep us from doing something dangerous. There are many forms of fear and the fear of looking like a wimp (most men have accidents because they don’t want to look “unmacho” or “unmanly”) keeps people from pointing out unsafe behavior or actions. Fear of looking stupid keeps us from asking questions and challenging procedures. Fear of reprisal keeps us from refusing to do jobs that might put our health at risk.
- Anger and irritation – Road rage is probably the best example of this attitude that puts us at risk. In the workplace, conflicts can cause employees to take unsafe actions as well. A man who has lost his temper is rarely one who stops to consider the safety of his actions.
- Fatigue and tiredness – Safe actions require us to stop and think before we act. When we are tired we simply don’t tend to do this as often if at all.
- Complacency and overconfidence – “We’ve never had a problem before!” is probably the statement that those of us who deal in safety hear most often when we challenge and point out an unsafe behavior. You might have done it unsafely 1,000 times and gotten away with it but that doesn’t mean that the odds won’t eventually catch up with you. If it isn’t safe, it isn’t safe, not matter how often you’ve done it.
Changes in behavior take place when the motivation for the behavior changes. Simply telling someone to wear safety glasses isn’t enough. Change the motivation and the behavior changes, it’s as easy as that.
Craig Sanborn, the owner of the Black Mag gunpowder plant in Colebrook, NH was sentenced last week to 10 to 20 years in prison. It was determined by the jury after only 3 hours of deliberation, that Craig Sanborn was guilty of manslaughter for putting profits over safety when he failed to take safety measures or provide any safety training for his employees. The explosion that killed 2 employees, Donald Kendall (56) and Jesse Kennett (49) was deemed to be a result of Craig Sanborn’s negligence. The sentencing was 5 – 10 years for each of the employees that were killed which means that Craig will be going away for at least 10 years.
“Worker safety can never be sacrificed for the benefit of production, and workers’ lives are not – and must never be – considered part of the cost of doing business. We categorically reject the false choice between profits and safety.” said the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels.
“Baby it’s cold outside!” may be the line in one of our favorite Christmas songs, but it’s also a reality that has to be dealt with properly to make sure that workers are properly protected during the winter months.
If you’ve got workers who have to work outside in the winter sit them down and show this 15 minute OSHA video on cold weather safety.
(Click on the image to go to youtube to watch it or go to http://youtu.be/ljdJ61n0uoA)