Walking / Jogging in the Dark

Like it or not the nights are getting longer and there’s less and less daylight out there which means that pedestrians and joggers aren’t going to be as visible when they go out after dark. With Halloween tonight this is especially timely as small children will be buzzing in and out of cars and running here and there in the dark, often in costumes that aren’t exactly hi-viz. Even once Halloween is safely passed, however, there are plenty of joggers and pedestrians out there after the sun goes down. Here are a few safety tips for joggers and pedestrians who “do their thing” after dark as well as a couple pointers for drivers:

For joggers and pedestrians:

  • Get a reflective, hi-viz coat or safety vest. As much as you might think, looking at yourself in the light of your living room, that you should be easy to spot, you aren’t. Even colors that you consider bright tend to dim and fade into the background as soon as it starts getting dark. Make sure that the coat, jacket or vest has reflective stripes on it. These are especially designed to bounce back light, making you “light up” for passing cars. For maximum safety, consider wearing a class III vest, sweatshirt or coat. Class III rated garments are designed for workers in high traffic areas where vehicles may for going as fast as 60 mph. The standard requires more square feet of hi-viz background material as well as mandates for the amount of reflective material which means that it’s designed for maximum visibility. You might think that it’s overkill but it’s much safer to go overboard than to not be visible enough.
  • Add a Mini-Flasher by Pelican. Because they are LED lights they will burn for up to 130 hours on two coin alkaline cells and they have a visibility of up to 5 miles on a clear night. Turn it on in your living room and it won’t look all that bright but when you’re out there at night it’ll be plenty bright and substantially increase your visibility for vehicles even when they are still a long ways away.
  • Map out your route while it’s still light out. If you want to stay in shape by jogging or if you know that you are going to have to walk somewhere after dark go look at your route while it’s still light out and look for a route with plenty of sidewalk space and areas where you can walk or jog where vehicles aren’t going to be a factor.
  • For maximum safety, consider an indoor track. Most gyms and YMCAs have indoor tracks. Another options is the track at your local school; many of these outdoor tracks are well-lit even after dark and provide a safe place to jog with the added benefit that you’ll be able to calculate how far you’ve gone with relative ease.
  • If possible walk or jog with a companion. Two people are more visible than one and you’ll have the added benefit of safety in numbers to deter would be muggers and rapists.

For drivers:

  • Look for pedestrians after dark. Know that there are plenty of people who are not going to read or pay attention to the safety tips listed above. Anticipate that someone might be walking by the side of the road and that they might be wearing dark clothes.
  • Try to give as much distance as you safely can to the side of the street where pedestrians might be walking. It doesn’t take much for the person on the side of the road to trip, twist is ankle or slip and end up stepping onto the road.
  • Use your brights whenever possible. High beams spread the light out more, lighting up the sides of the road better than your regular headlights which tend to light only the road in front of you.

Halloween Safety 2011



Halloween – Monday, October 31st is just around the corner. Combine dressing up in costumes with free candy and you create a kid friendly holiday!  It
is a favorite holiday of many, but they’re thinking about costumes, candy and fun with their friends. Safety is the last thing on their minds, so parents and motorists need to be especially alert. Anytime a child or an adult has an accident, it’s tragic.  The last thing that you want to happen is for your child, friend, loved one or co-worker to be hurt on a holiday, it would forever live in the minds of the child and the family.

 

There are many ways to keep your child safe at Halloween; they are more prone to accidents and injuries.  The excitement of children and adults at this time of year sometimes makes them forget to be careful.  Simple common sense can do a lot to stop any tragedies from happening.

Following a few simple safety steps at Halloween time can greatly reduce the likelihood of an accident or unfortunate incident.  Here are some safety tips recognized by the National Safety Council:

  • Trick-or-treat only in your own neighborhood, on well-lighted streets.
  • Have your parent, adult relative or older brother or sister go with you.
  • Throw away any candy or food that is not wrapped by the candy company.
  • If there are any suspicious treats, notify the local Police or Sheriff’s office.
  • Try trick-or-treating at locally organized functions, such as those provided by the local
    fall harvest festivals.

Motorists:

Motorists should be especially alert on Halloween:

  • Watch for children darting out from between parked cars.
  • Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs.
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.
  • At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing.
  • Drive slowly in any residential area that may have children.
  • Do not pass other vehicles that have stopped in the roadway, they could be dropping off children. This is more common in rural areas but can happen anywhere

Parents:

Before children start out on their “trick or treat” rounds, parents should:

  • Make sure an adult or an older responsible youth will be supervising the outing for children under age 12.
  • Plan and discuss the route trick-or-treaters intend to follow. Know the names and contact information of older children’s companions. Make sure they have a cell phone to call in an emergency.
  • Instruct your children to travel only in familiar areas and along an established route.
  • Teach your children to stop only at houses or apartment buildings that are well-lit and never to enter a stranger’s home.
  • Establish a return time.
  • Tell your youngsters not to eat any treat until they return home.
  • Review all appropriate trick-or-treat safety precautions, including pedestrian/traffic safety rules.
  • Pin a slip of paper with the child’s name, address and phone number inside a pocket in case the youngster gets separated from the group.
  • Instruct your child to never get into the car of a stranger. It might be easy for your child to mistake someone else’s car your car with the excitement of Halloween. Put a lighted plastic Jack-O-Lantern on your dashboard to make your car more recognizable to your child
  • It’s also a night that child predators are looking for victims. Let your child know that they should never get into the car of a stranger at any time. If someone stops them and asks for help or offers them candy, tell them to scream as loud as they can and run.

Children should understand and follow these rules:

  • Do not enter a home or apartment without adult supervision. Teach them about “Stranger Danger”.
  • Walk, do not run, from house to house.
  • Do not cross yards and lawns where unseen objects or the uneven terrain can present tripping hazards.
  • Walk on sidewalks, not in the street.
  • Walk on the left side of the road, facing traffic if there are no sidewalks.
  • Do not enter dark yards or fenced areas as there may be dogs or other household hazards.

    Costume Design:

Parents should consider the following costume safety information:

  • Only fire-retardant materials should be used for costumes.
  • Costumes should be loose so warm clothes can be worn underneath.
  • Costumes should not be so long that they are a tripping hazard (falls are the leading cause of unintentional injuries at Halloween).
  • If children are allowed out after dark, outfits should be made with light colored materials. Strips of retro reflective tape should be used to make children visible.

Face Design:

  • Masks can obstruct a child’s vision. Face make-up is a safer option instead.
  • When buying special Halloween makeup, check for packages containing ingredients that are labeled “Made with U.S., “Approved color Additives,” “Laboratory Tested,” “Meets Federal Standards for Cosmetics,” or “Non-Toxic.” Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for application.
  • If masks are worn, they should have nose and mouth openings and large eye holes to allow the individual to see and breathe.

Decorative Contact Lenses: You can have all of these looks with decorative contact lenses (also called fashion contact lenses or color contact lenses, among other names). These lenses don’t correct vision—they just change the appearance of the eye.

But before buying decorative lenses, here’s what you should know:

  • They are not cosmetics or over-the-counter merchandise. They are medical devices regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Places that advertise them as cosmetics or sell them without a prescription are breaking the law.
  • They are not “one size fits all.” An eye doctor (ophthalmologist or optometrist) must measure each eye to properly fit the lenses and evaluate how your eye responds to contact lens wear. A poor fit can cause serious eye damage, including
    • scratches on the cornea (the top layer of your eyeball)
    • corneal infection (an ulcer on the cornea)
    • conjunctivitis (pink eye)
    • decreased vision
    • blindness
  • Places that sell decorative lenses without a prescription may give you few or no instructions on how to clean and care for your lenses.
  • See your eye doctor right away if you have signs of possible eye infection:
    • redness
    • eye pain that doesn’t go away after a short time
    • decrease in vision

Accessories:

  • Knives, swords and other costume accessories should be made from cardboard or flexible materials. Do not allow children to carry sharp objects.
  • Bags or sacks carried by youngsters should be light-colored or trimmed with retro-reflective tape if children are allowed out after dark.
  • Carrying flashlights or glow sticks will help children see better and be seen more clearly.

Treats:

To ensure a safe trick-or-treat outing, parents are urged to:

  • Give children an early meal before going out.
  • Insist that treats be brought home for inspection before anything is eaten.
  • Wash all fruit and slice into small pieces.
  • When in doubt, throw it out!

 Haunted House or Halloween Parties:

 
 

  • If using dry ice in a punch bowl, make sure that the person serving keeps any dry ice chips out of drinks! It can cause severe injury and internal burns if ingested.
  • No Smoking or open flames of any kind near decorations or where people may travel!
  • Be aware of all your slips, trips and fall hazards, watch out for all those nails and screws in your props.
  • Post your emergency exits with well lighted signs. You never know when there will be an emergency!
  • Halloween has become an adult holiday too, and alcohol consumption is high. Institute a free ride home program to help remove all impaired drivers.
  • Be aware of the DRUNKIN GUMMY BEARS and WORMS this year, do not accept them unless in a sealed package!!


 

The new craze this year, Vodka soaked Gummy bears and worms. These are not your ordinary kids Gummy Bears and should stay out of reach of small children.

 

  • BE SCARED BUT, BE SAFE!

Other Halloween ideas:

  • Kids always want to help with the pumpkin carving.  Small children shouldn’t be allowed to use a sharp knife to cut the top or the face.  There are many kits available that come with tiny saws that work better then knives and are safer, although you can be cut by them as well.  It’s best to let the kids clean out the pumpkin and draw a face on it, then have an adult carve the pumpkin.
  • Use candles with care. Place candlelit pumpkins on a sturdy surface away from curtains and other flammable objects. Never leave candlelit pumpkins unattended. Better yet, light pumpkins with flashlights or battery-operated flameless candles instead.

Let us all make Halloween a fun, safe and happy time for you, your kids and the whole family! 

Information provided by the FDA and National Safety Council.

 

Today’s blog post comes to us courtesy of Ken Oswald

Safety and Security Manager for Plateau

koswald@plateautel.com

 

 

 

 


A Little Few Videos from Toolboxtopics.com for your next Safety Meeting

As we all know, safety meetings can often be boring and tedious. Try as you may to spice them up, you still see people yawning or with glazed over eyes paying no attention. Here’s a list of videos that you can play around with to inject a little something more into your next meeting. Many of them are humorous, others are not but either way, they’ve got an important message to communicate.

These videos have been collected by Toolboxtopics.com on the video section of their website.


Nationwide Emergency Alert System Test on Nov. 9th

The FCC has announced that they will be conducting the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS), which is scheduled to take place on November 9th, 2011 at 2:00 PM Eastern Standard Time.

From the FCC consumer facts sheet:

What exactly is the EAS?

The Emergency Alert System is a media communications-based alerting system that is designed to transmit emergency alerts and warnings to the American public at the national, Tribal, state and local levels. EAS participants broadcast alerts and warnings regarding weather threats, child abductions and other types of emergencies. EAS alerts are transmitted over television and radio broadcast, satellite television and satellite radio, cable television and wireline video services.

When is the EAS used and when would a national EAS alert be sent?

The EAS is often used by state and local emergency managers to alert the public about emergencies and weather events. The system provides the ability to send messages regionally or nationally, though it has never been tested at these levels. A major disaster such as an earthquake or tsunami could require the use of the system to send life-saving information to the public.

Why do we need a nationwide test?

Although local and state components of the EAS are tested on a weekly and monthly basis, there has never been an end-to-end nationwide test of the system. We need to know that the system will work as intended should public safety officials ever need to send an alert or warning to a large region of the United States. Only a complete, top-down test of the EAS can provide an appropriate diagnosis of the system’s performance.

How will the national EAS test be conducted?

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), along with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct the nationwide test on November 9, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. eastern standard time. The alert will be transmitted throughout the country and will be monitored by the EAS participants. After the test has been completed, the EAS participants will report back to the FCC on the results of the test.

What will people see and hear during the test?

Although the nationwide EAS test may resemble the periodic monthly EAS tests that most consumers are familiar with, there will be some differences in what consumers may see or hear, which is one reason for conducting a nationwide EAS test. During the test, the public will hear a message indicating “this is a test”. The audio message will be the same for everyone, however due to limitations of the EAS, the video test message may not be the same and may not indicate “this is a test”. This is due to the use of a “live” national code – the same code that would be used in an actual emergency. Also, the background image that appears on video screens may indicate “this is a test” but in some cases there may be no image at all. FEMA and the FCC plan to reach out to organizations representing people with hearing disabilities to prepare that community for the national test. In addition, FEMA and the FCC will work with EAS participants to explore whether there are solutions to address this limitation.

How long will the test last?

We anticipate that the test will last approximately 3 minutes.

Why is the national test being conducted at this particular date and time?

In order to minimize disruption and confusion during the EAS test, it is being conducted on November 9 because this date is near the end of hurricane season and before the severe winter weather season begins. The 2 p.m. EST broadcast will minimize disruption during rush hours while ensuring that the test occurs during working hours across the country.

Will the test involve mobile communications devices?

No. The test will involve only those communications service providers – broadcast radio and television, cable television, satellite radio and television and wireline video services – that participate in the EAS.


 


New Video by the CDC entitled “Experimenting with Danger”


The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) released a new safety video on the potential hazards associated with conducting research at chemical laboratories in academic institutions.

The video notes that the CSB  has collected preliminary data on 120 explosions, fires, and chemical releases at university laboratories and other research facilities that occurred around the country since 2001, causing deaths, serious injuries, and extensive property damage.

Laboratory work on academic circles tends to be a highly competitive, highly motivated environment with little to no oversight. Most students and lab researchers have almost no training on safety protection and that, while protective equipment is available most lab workers do not use it or if they do, they do not use it properly.

I’ll let the video tell the rest of the story. Check it out “Experimenting with Danger


Common Sense Flu Prevention and Awareness Tips


Cold and Flu Season right around the corner: Common Sense Flu Prevention and Awareness Tips

Cold and Flu season nears, it is time to think about how to avoid getting sick this fall and winter. According to the Centers for Disease control more than 200,000 people in the US are hospitalized every year and more than 36,000 die from flu each year. We can all help remove some of the fear of this cold and flu season by some common sense methods. Prevention and washing your hands are key critical components to increased cold and flu prevention.

While stressing all prevention methods we can’t forget about co-workers. One of the fastest ways to contaminate your co-workers is from your water cooler spigots. PLEASE, don’t take your used water bottles or drinking containers and hold them up directly against the spout! The Dept. of Health has informed me that virus or bacteria can live on these for up to 2 hours. Prevention is one of our greatest defenses against any bacteria and virus but we must all contribute. We are part of our nation’s critical infrastructure that must stay healthy. Our customer’s telecommunications systems are essential.

So please take a moment to review the following common sense flu prevention tips:

  • Wash your hands with soap and warm water frequently and thoroughly.
  • Practice social distancing. Don’t move in toward someone who is coughing or sneezing; politely take a step back.
  • Practice proper sneezing and coughing etiquette. Don’t cough or sneeze into your hand and then use your hand to use a pen at the bank or open a door or refrigerator. Sneeze and cough into your elbow.
  • Use a hand sanitizer and sanitizer wipes on your phones, key boards and door handles and when soap and water is not available.


What should I do if I get sick?
If you live in areas where swine influenza cases have been identified and become ill with influenza-like symptoms, including fever, body aches, runny nose, sore throat, nausea, or vomiting or diarrhea, you may want to contact your health care provider, particularly if you are worried about your symptoms. Your health care provider will determine whether influenza testing or treatment is needed.

If you are sick, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people as much as possible to keep from spreading your illness to others.

 

If you become ill and experience any of the following warning signs, seek emergency medical care.

In children emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:

  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Bluish skin color
  • Not drinking enough fluids
  • Not waking up or not interacting
  • Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
  • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
  • Fever with a rash

In adults, emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Severe or persistent vomiting

I know how this sounds. It sounds like something our parents told us as children. But think about these tips the next time you sneeze or cough. Look at your own habits. Then look at others. You’ll be surprised. This refresher, as silly as it may seem, could just keep the lights burning through this flu season.

 Some CDC Doctors recommend the following Flu and Cold wellness tips to help you recover:

For chest congestion:

•             Drink plenty of fluids (8 to 10 cups a day) such as water, sports drinks, herbal teas, fruit drinks, or Ginger ale. Fluids help break up congestion, prevent dehydration and keep your throat moist.

•             Inhaled steam can ease congestion too. Create steam with a humidifier, or steam up the bathroom by running a hot shower.

For nasal congestion:

•             Relieve clogged nasal and sinus passages caused by excessive mucus with either decongestant pills or with a nasal spray. These are best taken following a hot shower and lots of nose blowing to clear out the mucus as much as possible. Then use a hand sanitizer to kill germs on your hands.

For fever and pain, body aches and tiredness:

•             Rest get your full 8 hours of sleep at night if possible.

•             Over-the-counter medications such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) can help decrease fever and ease sore throat pain and body aches.

For cough:

•             For a dry hacking cough, you may choose a medication that contains a cough suppressant – Look for over-the-counter medications that contain dextromethorphan.

•             For a cough that produces excessive mucus, or phlegm, you may want to use an expectorant that loosens phlegm. Guaifenesin is the most common active ingredient.

For sore throat:

•             A warm salt-water gargle can relieve a scratchy throat.

•             Lozenges, mouthwashes, and sprays that contain a numbing ingredient can ease the pain.

While getting a flu vaccine each year is the best way to protect against flu, influenza antiviral drugs can fight against influenza, offering a second line of defense against the flu.

Antiviral drugs are an important second line of defense in the prevention and treatment of flu.

  • Antiviral drugs are important in the treatment and prevention influenza.
  • Influenza antiviral drugs can be used to treat the flu or to prevent infection with flu viruses.
  • Treatment with antivirals should begin within 48 hours of getting sick, and can reduce your symptoms and shorten the time you are sick.
  • When used for prevention, antivirals are 70% to 90% effective in preventing infection with influenza viruses.
  • Antiviral drugs are effective across all age and risk groups.

Two antiviral drugs (oseltamivir, brand name Tamiflu®, and zanamivir, brand name Relenza®) are approved for treatment of the flu.

  • Oseltamivir is approved to treat flu in people one year of age and older.
  • Zanamivir is approved to treat flu in people 7 years and older.
  • These are prescription medications, and a doctor should be consulted before the drugs are used.
  • Antiviral treatment lasts for 5 days and should be started within 2 days of illness, so if you get flu-like symptoms, seek medical care early on.
Cold and Flu hot spots

Doorknobs, TV remotes are germ hot spots; Cold and Flu sufferers leave remnants of the bug, where it can live for days.

 How Germs Spread

Exposure can come from visiting busy places like work, churches, shopping centers, children and from other adults. Understanding how germs spread is vital to preventing infection. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) There are seven possible ways for the transmission of bacteria and viruses to take place.

1. Indirect contact
Germs are spread between people via an intermediate object, usually something inanimate. Door knobs, phones, computer keyboards, railings, counters, tables, equipment at gyms and other frequently touched objects are common culprits. Cold viruses and germs that cause stomach flu are frequently transmitted through indirect contact. In ideal conditions they can live on these surfaces for up to 5 days!

2. Direct contact
This mode of transmission involves physical contact and generally takes place through shaking hands, touching someone, kissing or intimate activity.

3. Droplet spread
An infectious agent is spread through the air when two people are near each other. It usually takes place when someone coughs, sneezes or talks. This is a common mode of transmission for respiratory diseases such as influenza and RSV (Respiratory syncytial (sin-SISH-uhl) virus).

4. Fecal-to-oral route
Transmission occurs when an infected person fails to adequately wash their hands after going to the bathroom. The person then goes on to have direct contact with another person, such as shaking hands, or spreads germs through indirect contact by contaminating a door knob or food, for example. Many cases of food poisoning are the result of fecal-to-oral transmission, as is the spread of Hepatitis A.

5. Common-vehicle spread
This form of transmission involves a contaminated, inanimate “vehicle” that spreads germs to several or many people. Examples include a town’s water supply that’s contaminated with diarrhea-causing parasites or packaged foods tainted with salmonella or e coli. Temperature often plays a role in common-vehicle spread since many germs will produce larger amounts of toxin in a warmer, more humid environment, but are kept in check at colder temperatures.

6. Airborne spread
Germs are spread through the air over a distance of several or more feet. The infectious organisms are usually contained in tiny droplets that can remain suspended in air for hours or days. Tuberculosis and anthrax are spread via airborne transmission. Airborne spread can be affected by the speed or direction of air flow – enclosed spaces with poor air circulation are particularly bad. For this reason, airline passengers on extended flights are at a greater risk for airborne illnesses.

7. Vector-borne spread

There are two forms of vector-borne spread. One involves the transfer of germs to a person via the body of another organism, such as contaminated flies. The other form takes place when an infected animal bites a person- for example, when a mosquito transmits west nile or malaria or a tick infects a person with Lyme disease.

New Hot spots for germs

Yes the typical light switch or salt shaker can be a hot spot for germs. Doctors have long advised frequent hand-washing to avoid spreading germs. Wearing surgical masks if you have a weak immune system and using hand sanitizers also can help.

Preventing the Spread of Germs

Here are some simple health tips to help keep respiratory infections and many other contagious diseases from spreading, especially during the final stretch of cough, cold and “flu” season.

Respiratory infections affect the nose, throat and lungs; they include influenza (the “flu”), colds and pertussis (whooping cough) and RSV.  The germs (viruses and bacteria) that cause these infections are spread from person to person in droplets from the nose, throat and lungs of someone who is sick.

You can help stop the spread of these germs by practicing “respiratory etiquette,” or good health manners.

Here are some tips to keep from spreading your germs to others, and to keep from catching someone else’s germs.

Keep your germs to yourself:

  • Cover your nose and mouth, Cough or sneeze into your bent elbow or always us a tissue when sneezing, coughing or blowing your nose.
  • Discard used tissues in the trash as soon as you can.
  • Always wash your hands after sneezing, blowing your nose, or coughing, or after touching used tissues or handkerchiefs. Wash hands often if you are sick.
  • Use warm water and soap and alcohol-based hand sanitizers to wash your hands and after nose contact.
  • See your doctor as soon as you can if you have a cough and fever, and follow their instructions. Take medicine as prescribed and get lots of rest.
  • If asked, use face masks provided in your doctor’s office or clinic’s waiting room. Follow office or clinic staff instructions to help stop the spread of germs.

Keep the germs away:

  • Wash your hands before eating, or touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Wash your hands after touching anyone who is sneezing, coughing or blowing their nose.
  • Don’t share things like towels, lipstick, toys, or anything else that might be contaminated with respiratory germs.
  • Don’t share food, utensils or beverage containers with others.

Decrease your risk of infecting yourself or others and with a little common sense, covering your cough, washing your hands and with these proper health precautions, you can avoid infectious diseases and keep from spreading them.


Information provided by Center for Disease Control.  www.cdc.gov and NM Dept of Health

 Today’s Blog Post comes to us courtesy of Ken Oswald

Safety and Security Manager for ENMR·Plateau

koswald@plateautel.com

If you would like to be a guest on this blog please email me at robv@nationalsafetyinc.com


Highlighting another great safety blog

I came across another great blog on safety training and safety in the workplace and wanted to let you know about it.

It comes out of Australia and focuses primarily on Induction training. It contains a lot of great contain, especially for those of you who are involved in training.

A sample of some of the posts available include:

There is a lot of great content here so spent some time looking around, those you train will thank you.

 


Are you an Aggressive Driver?

One of the books in my library at home is a book by the Harbinger Institute entitled “Leadership and Self-Deception”. It is obviously directed primarily to leaders but the premise of the book is that every one of us have certain issues and weaknesses that everyone around us can see clearly but which we ourselves are blind to. As I type this I’m reminded of my grandfather (who was British). My grandmother, in the passenger seat used to watch him get more and more irritated at other drivers on the road. Finally she would turn to him and tell him “Don’t get angry!” He would them get all red in the face and yell back “I’M NOT ANGRY!!!!”

That’s self-deception and it’s the topic of a quiz put out by AAA on their website. The quiz is entitled “Are YOU an Aggressive Driver?” and it contains 40 multiple choice questions in four different categories (10 in each). The categories include Anger, Impatience, Competing and Punishing.

Take the test and be honest about it. Self-deception is not only ugly but when it comes to being an aggressive driver it can harm you, others in the car and others on the road.


The Way It Was

The world of safety in the workplace has come a very, very long way in a very short time. Almost any jobsite will find people who can remember a time when safety was considered something for wimps. Needless risks and dangerous situations were a normal part of the everyday work way of getting things done.

Here are a collection of photos to show what I’m talking about.

Apparently it isn’t just the construction workers who have a dangerous job…

Here’s a photo of the photographer who had to climb up there to take the photos!


Convergence Training – Safety Zombies


 

Is your safety training met with incoherent moaning, blank stares, and open-mouthed drooling? You could be inadvertently turning your employees into ZOMBIES!

 

With guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Zombie World News, Convergence Training has developed courses that not only help stop you from adding to the zombie horde, but also may just save you from the pending Zombie Apocalypse.

 

As it turns out, workplace safety practices are also effective tools to keep you from becoming one of the undead. So, in our ongoing effort to add value to your safety training program, we offer…

 

10 Convergence videos that can help protect you from a zombie attack:

 

  1. Bloodborne Pathogens – Zombies tend to be biters. And we’re all familiar with the effects of a nasty zombie bite. So protect yourself from the Necro-Mortosis virus by avoiding those oozing contagions.

 

  1. Slips, Trips, and Falls – Zombies are exceptionally messy. As their scattered entrails create serious slip, trip, and fall hazards, prepare yourself with this video that offers instruction on avoiding these dangers.

 

  1. Flammable and Combustible Liquids – Zombies hate fire. So, it’s best to have a clear understanding of which workplace liquids make the best improvised torches and flamethrowers.

 

  1. Personal Protective Equipment – Hard hats are generally a good safety precaution. But they can also help tone down the scent of your tasty, tasty brain. Very helpful.

 

  1. Hand Safety – Most people think zombies are just brain-thirsty, well, zombies. But many people don’t realize they also thrive on an array of exposed necks and appendages. Your hands will be your best friends when defending yourself with that spare golf club, rolling pin, or table leg. So protect them!

 

  1. Formaldehyde Awareness – Many zombies may have been previously embalmed. So protect yourself with a little knowledge of the effects of formaldehyde exposure. Running in a serpentine fashion may also be a good idea.

 

  1. First Aid for Emergencies – Fending off zombies can be dangerous work, especially for those prone to twisting ankles, falling down at all the wrong times, and screaming rather than just getting up and running. So expect to tend to a few scrapes and bruises because, let’s face it, anything worse and you’re pretty much zombie food.

 

  1. Driving Preparation – Tire irons, flares, and jumper cables aren’t just good ideas for when your car breaks down. With a little creativity, these items could be critical in getting you from your disabled vehicle to that abandoned farm house in one piece. And if this video doesn’t recommend always checking your back seat, it really should.

 

  1. Emergency Action Plans – Safely preparing for a zombie attack is all about planning. This video will help you and your coworkers map out the best escape routes when the zombies come knocking.

 

  1. Confined Space Awareness – Hiding from zombies may lead you to closets, storm cellars, and other tight spots. This video will help prepare you for safely barricading yourself until the dawn.

 

For more information, read the federal government’s zombie survival guide. Also, check out Zombie World News for updates on zombie activity in your area and be prepared to put your zombie survival skills to use.