Toolbox Safety Talks
Looking for toolbox safety talks to deliver at your next toolbox talk? No problem! Here are 3 that you’re sure to enjoy!
Beware of Heat Stroke
When the body temperature rises to 40 degrees C (104 degrees F), it can cause irreversible brain damage and shock. In fact, muscles may be permanently damaged by heatstroke. Oftentimes this can happen while a person is working outdoors in hot weather.
The signs of heatstroke are:
- • Confusion, weakness, tremors, numbness, and confusion.
- • Dehydration may occur, resulting in an electrolyte imbalance.
- • Chills may be present.
- • Onset of fever.
- How to Prevent Heat Injuries:
- • Plan outdoor activities in the early morning or evening when it’s not so hot.
- • Don’t overexert yourself, especially in hot environments.
- • Maintain a safe distance from the sun by finding shade when possible.
- • Reduce exposure to heat by using sunscreen.
- • Drink water and cool beverages — not alcohol.
If you encounter someone having heat cramps, please help them right away. What should you do? Get a towel or washcloth and apply it gently to the cramped area. For mild cramps, use an ice pack. For severe cramps, use a bag of ice. Hold ice against the cramped area for 15-20 minutes. After 15-20 minutes, CHECK that the ice has been absorbed, or if it has dissipated. If ice is not absorbed, and the area has not dissipated, change the combination of ice and water. For severe cramps, the person must be brought to the hospital emergency department.
Stay safe while working outdoors, everyone!
Be Careful While Lifting
What can we do to prevent pain when lifting, carrying, or using some of our tools? Remember that your body knows what it needs and when – so always work within your limits. Utilize proper lifting techniques – “lift & carry”, not “pump & lift”. The correct technique might be a little slower, but you can have peace of mind knowing you won’t sustain an injury.
Often, a simple modification to proper lifting can be achieved with just a little thoughtfulness, preparation, and practice. Back pain can be a consequence of poor “lifting techniques” either from the “lazy lift” or intentional mistakes. Of course, we all make mistakes, but we should strive to avoid them (especially during lifts).
In many cases, the objects being lifted should be of equal or lesser weight than the individual carrying them. If you are lifting a heavy object, be sure to ask for help if needed.
How to Stay Healthy
Over the years, staying healthy has become a habit that most people have either forgotten, or they are finding it hard to stay motivated. Most of us find doses of hope in the form of vitamins, fungi, and herbs, but if you stay removed from taking these, your body may become weaker and find it harder to ward off illness. For those who want to stay in good shape and reduce the risk of illness, attending to a few simple things can go a long way. 1) Get an adequate supply of exercise Without this, your immune system will suffer, and you will find it harder to get well when you do get sick. Those who exercise are in better shape and have a better physique overall, which helps to ward off illness. Those who are in shape are also more likely to refuse extra screenings, such as mammograms, that may help you maintain your health. Exercise is free, so no excuses. Choose to exercise, and start slow. If you are unsure what the best exercise for you is, choose something you know you enjoy doing, such as walking. Start there and build up. Don’t overdo it, but start slow and increase as you feel stronger and more confident. 2) Clean and arose! Stay as clean as possible. This means using a disinfectant spray or globe and wiping down surfaces before and after touching the communal areas. This also applies to doorknobs, light switches, and telephones. The cleaning process also includes washing fruits and vegetables before eating. This serves to prevent the spread of germs, and can cut down on food poisoning. One added benefit is that for some confined spaces, such as a locker room, being clean can increase productivity. 3) Learn about your prescribed medications Keep your doctor abreast of your condition, and know the options that are available. In addition to use, you must know the dose of each medication, and that you may need to refill any that you feel you cannot remember. Limit the medications you take on an empty stomach, and attempt to get a raise from your pharmacist if you have to. 4) Keep your immune system healthy Be sure you eat a healthy diet. Get in your vitamin D, vitamin C, and calcium supplements. Your immune system must be healthy so that no toxins can build up in your body. When you are exposed to these elements, your body uses your reserves to build antibodies, which should keep the invaders in check. If you haveCrohn’s disease, you may need supplemental vitamins and minerals to keep your immune system strong. 5) Learn to manage stress Stress can be just as important as food when it comes to maintaining a healthy body. If you allow too much stress to intrude into your life, you can do yourself serious damage. Not only will your immune system be fatigued, your brain can be too bruised to function at full capacity. Best advice is to set aside some time every day to meditate, pray or achieve deep spiritual peace. 6) Avoid alcohol, tobacco, and drugs Although it is not always possible, please do not try to avoid drugs entirely. Use them only in moderation, and when you must take them, use them sparingly. Although most of the damage we do to our bodies in an epidemic setting can be reversed by quitting, remember that not all of the damage can be reversed. 7) Maintain a positive outlook in order to achieve the best possible outcome. Although the worst of times can be difficult, keep in mind that the best possible outcome is worth working for. When you are struggling with your emotions, remember that all is well when you are feeling good and have a positive outlook on life. 8) Use life stressors as opportunities for personal growth Life wasn’t always like this. There were times when we fought for our lives, and we survived those times. The important thing is not the way you got there, but how you are going to get there now that you do. We need to redefine those damaging feedback events that occur in our lives and make the best of those experiences that introduced us to new things, even if those times were not easy.