December 14, 2017

Did You Know? - December, 2017 - Safety and Weather

DID YOU KNOW: There is a way to safely walk on slipper or snowy surfaces? Here are some tips from our very own Lindsey Dahlberg, Environmental Health and Safety Director, on how to walk safely this winter: 

  • Start by wearing shoes or boots that provide traction on snow and ice, avoid heels and shoes with smooth soles.  You can always change your shoes when you get to your office.
  • Make sure that you have good visibility so you can see hazardous areas, sometimes scarves or hats can limit what we can see so make sure it fits properly.
  • If it is bright or sunny day wearing sunglasses can help you see better and avoid hazards.
  • When street conditions are hazardous vehicles may need additional distance to stop, remember this before stepping out.
  • When getting out of your car swing both legs out, put feet flat on the ground, use stable objects on the car for a handhold such as the door frame and slowly stand up.  Use at least three points of contact—two feet and one hand - a practice used by professional drivers.
  • Make sure you stick to designated walkways or areas that have been cleared.  Shortcuts can be especially hazardous, at times the snow is deep enough to cover unknown hazards such as: the location of a curb or edge of sidewalk, maybe something was dropped on the ground before it snowed, or possibly dip in the landscape.
  • If you can use a back pack or bag that allows your arms to be free for additional balance.
  • Do not keep your hands in your pockets, this reduces your balance and you are unable to assist yourself if you do slip.
  • Bend slightly and walk flat-footed with your center of gravity directly over your feet or take short steps and shuffle.
  • Go slow, give yourself additional time to get to your destination.
  • If there is a hand rail be sure to use it even if you feel balanced; especially, if going up or down stairs.  Be sure to firmly plant your foot before taking the next step.   

DID YOU KNOW: Any injury that happens while you are on the clock should be to the Worker’s Compensation Coordinator. This includes slips, trips, and falls that tend to happen in the winter. To report an injury, you will need to fill out the Employee’s Work Injury and Illness Report and your supervisor will need to fill out the Supervisor’s Accident Analysis and Prevention Report. If you have questions about Worker’s Compensation, please contact the Worker’s Comp Coordinator, Lauren Howard, in Human Resources Office. 
DID YOU KNOW: We have an Inclement Weather policy
DID YOU KNOW: You can receive alerts if there are campus emergencies or Inclement weather. You should sign up for SAFE alerts as soon as possible to make sure you get all the up to date information.



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