Monthly Safety Tips

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November 2021 Did You Know…?

Thanksgiving Safety Tips

According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries. Make sure that you know some basic safety tips for the kitchen, including:

~ Don’t use water on a grease fire! Smother the flame with a pan lid, if possible
   ~ Stay in the kitchen when frying, boiling, grilling or broiling food


Check out the NFPA website at:
https://www.nfpa.org

Check out the safety tips at:

NFPA Public Education Fire Causes and Risks

NFPA Safety Tip Sheet

October 2021 Did You Know…?

Protect Your Hearing Month

According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), about 22 million U.S. workers are exposed to noise levels above 85 decibels, which is considered a hazardous noise level. NIOSH, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has useful information to keep you informed about noise exposure and how to protect your hearing. Find answers to some of your questions such as:

~ How can I tell if the noise is too loud?
~ How often should my hearing be tested?

~ Where can I get information about ringing in my ears?

Check out the website at:
https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/noise/

September 2021 Did You Know…?

National Preparedness Month

Every September, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security sponsors National Preparedness Month and provides information to raise awareness about disaster preparation and emergencies.  This year they have partnered with the Ad Council to reach communities that may have been previously underserved. The 2021 theme is “Prepare to Protect. Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love.” There are weekly themes to focus on a different aspect of preparedness.

Check out the ready.gov website for links and ideas on how to prepare for each week!

Week 1 September 1-4: Make a Plan

Week 2 September 5-11: Build a Kit

Week 3 September 12-18: Low-Cost, No-Cost Preparedness

Week 4 September 19-25: Teach Youth About Preparedness

Check out the websites and information at:

https://www.ready.gov/september

https://www.adcouncil.org/

August 9-15 2021 Did You Know…?

Safe + Sound

Safe + Sound is an OSHA campaign focused on the importance of safety and health programs in the workplace. Every year, more than 5,000 workers are killed on the job (a rate of 14 per day), and more than 3.6 million suffer a serious job-related injury or illness.
Serious job-related injuries or illnesses don’t just hurt workers and their families but can hurt business in a variety of ways. Implementing a safety and health program, however, can improve small-and medium-sized businesses’ safety and health performance, save money, and improve competitiveness. The Safe + Sound campaign focuses on one of the three main components of a successful safety and health program each quarter including Safe + Sound Week in the month of August.

The campaign is organized as follows:
• Quarter 1 –Management Leadership
• Quarter 2 –Finding and Fixing Hazards
• Quarter 3 –Safe + Sound Week
• Quarter 4 –Worker Participation


The Safe + Sound webpage, https://www.osha.gov/safeandsound, contains information and tools on the three components (Develop Your Program) and Safe + Sound Week (Safe + Sound Week) suggested activities. Safe + Sound is a way a company, or even an association, can work together on improving safety programs within their collective organizations. An association could become involved in the Safe + Sound campaign and track member participation, recognize those that have improved their safety and health programs, and share best practices with other members. Your local Compliance Assistance Specialist (CAS) is also a resource and can provide assistance as you take the challenge of a Safe +Sound campaign in your company or organization. You can find your local CAS at

Compliance Assistance Specialist Directory

July 11-17 2021 Did You Know…?

Operation Safe Driver Week


The Operation Safe Driver campaign, launched in 2007, is the annual one-week enforcement and educational blitz to reduce the number of deaths and injuries resulting from crashes involving large trucks, buses, and cars. The goal remains to educate all drivers about ways to share the roads safely.

Operation Safe Driver activities include:

  • Increasing commercial vehicle and non-commercial vehicle traffic enforcement
  • Safety belt enforcement and driver roadside inspections
  • Improving driver regulatory compliance
  • Implementing commercial driver educational and awareness programs to trucking industry carriers
  • Educating youth about safely sharing the roads with large trucks and buses
  • Increasing awareness to the general motoring public about safe operations around commercial motor vehicles


Check out the websites and information at:

What Safe Driver Week 2021 Means for Truckers

Operation Safe Driver Week Set for July 11-17 With Focus on Speeding

June 8, 2021 Did You Know…?

National Forklift Safety Day (NFSD

The Industrial Truck Association focuses on forklift safety for the 8th year! NFSD continues to serve as an opportunity for forklift manufacturers and the industry to highlight the safe use of forklifts, the value of operator training, and the need for daily equipment checks. OSHA’s Powered Industrial Trucks Standard (1910.178) was the agency’s seventh most cited standard during fiscal year 2019. Four of the top five sections cited within the standard pertain to operator training.

Check out the NFSD site to watch archived webinars and register for this year’s presentation.

Websites and information at:

Industrial Truck Association-National Forklift Safety Day


Join the webinar at:

DC Velocity VIRTUAL EVENT: National Forklift Safety Day 2021

May 2021 Did You Know…?

May is National Electrical Safety Month

Over the past ten years, more than 20,000 workers have been injured in workplace electrical accidents. The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) is a non-profit organization that promotes electrical safety in all aspects of life—in the home, school and workplace. Protect yourself and your workforce by learning more about electrical safety.

Check out the website at:

www.esfi.org/program/national-electrical-safety-month-314

April 2021 Did You Know…?

Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Each April, the National Safety Council (NSC) promotes ways to be aware of how we can so easily become distracted behind the wheel. Motor vehicle deaths actually increased during the COVID-19 pandemic—2020 is estimated to have the highest fatality cases in 13 years! Commit to your safety by being intentional and focused while you are driving. Sign the NSC Just Drive Pledge and stay safe on the road! Also during April is National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 26-30! Join SCTMC for Flagger Training and learn how to keep drivers safe on the road in work zones!
Check out the websites and information at:
https://nsc.org/justdrive


https://nsc.org/newsroom/motor-vehicle-deaths-2020-
estimated-to-be-highest


https://cloud.safe.nsc.org/ddam-pledge


https://www.nwzaw.org/

March 2021 Did You Know…?

Ladder Safety Month

(According to OSHA Ladder Safety Month 2021) From Fiscal Year 2009 through Fiscal Year 2020 there have been approximately 26 ladder related fatalities reported to the Houston OSHA offices. In Fiscal Year 2020 we had three ladder related fatalities versus two previous fiscal year. There were 30 reported serious incidents in Fiscal Year 2020 versus 24 the previous fiscal year. Ladders are important to help workers access elevated heights, however, they present a serious fall hazard when used incorrectly. By continuing to focus on ladder safety we can do even better this year.


Check out the websites and information at:

https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/construction/falls/4ladders.html


https://www.osha.gov/sites/default/files/publications/portable_ladder_qc.pdf

February 2021 Did You Know…?

American Heart Month

Every February the National Heart, Lung and Blood
Institute (NHLBI) and The Heart Truth® focus on heart health and the promotion of healthy lifestyles.

“Research shows that we’re more successful at meeting personal health goals when we join forces with others. When we take care of our hearts as part of our self-care, we set an example for those around us to do the same. Inspire and motivate yourself and those you love to make heart health a regular part of your self-care routine.”

Find a self-care checklist and a 7 Day plan of Self-Care on the NHLBI website.

Check out the websites at:
https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/education-and-awareness/american-heart-month/about


https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/education-and-awareness/heart-truth/about

January 2021 Did You Know…?

National Radon Action Month 

Radon is a naturally-occurring colorless and odorless radioactive gas that is the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer in America. Radon disperses quickly outdoors, but can become trapped indoors leading to an increased health risk. One way to be proactive during National Radon Action Month is to test your home for radon. Contact the Texas Tech University Whitacre College of Engineering about getting an indoor test kit (website below). Also check out the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for more information about radon.  

Check out the websites at:
https://www.epa.gov/radon/national-radon-action-month-information


https://www.depts.ttu.edu/ceweb/radon/

December 2020 Did You Know…?

National Handwashing Awareness Week! 

National Handwashing Awareness Week is the first full week of December each year (Dec. 6-12). This public awareness campaign designed to encourage healthy practices in schools. Though aimed at children, this campaign to promote handwashing is a useful preventative measure to make into a habit during the coronavirus pandemic. “Thank you for helping to Spread the word not the germs!” 

Check out the website at:

https://www.henrythehand.com

These materials are made available to promote healthy practices in your community.

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We thank you for your business and commitment to safe workplaces.

Effective March 10, 2021, trainees will not be required to socially distance or wear a mask while in the SCTMC facility. SCTMC reserves the right to ask persons who appear to be ill to have their temperature taken by a touchless device. Any person with a temperature at or exceeding 100.4 degrees will be asked to leave the facility immediately. If you would like to request special accommodations, you must email customer service @ customerservice@cscportlavaca.org to set up a training appointment. All persons are strongly encouraged to take the proper precautions to protect the health and welfare of themselves and those around them.