Every day, at least nine Americans die and 100 are injured in distracting driving crashes. Cell phones, dashboard touchscreens, voice commands, and other in-vehicle technologies pose a threat to our safety. The consequences of those distractions are not worth the convenience they offer. Ignore the distractions and #justdrive to keep us all safer on the roads.
Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April is a united effort to recognize the dangers of and eliminate preventable deaths from distracted driving. Join us to help save lives. Play an active role in keeping our roads safe by making a commitment to yourself and your loved ones that you will eliminate distractions while driving. Pledge to Just Drive - Free from Distractions!
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Training is an ongoing process, beginning with an initial orientation and continuing with regular safety meetings, instruction, and review. All are designed to enhance an employee's knowledge, understanding or skill in identifying hazards in their workplace, and applying safe work procedures. For instance do you know what to check for when using a ladder? Here is a link to Take Your Safety Into Your Own Hands.The goal is a safer workplace for everyone.
Online training is available by clicking on the links below. Please contact the HR ES&H Consultant at ext. 2299 or Training Specialist at ext. 2233 for a user ID and password.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’S)
Why is there an Environmental Safety & Health (ES&H) Committee in addition to Safety & Security?
The ES&H Committee has been established with representatives from staff and management in order to assist in the detection and elimination of unsafe conditions and work procedures. The Committee’s focus is primarily on Environmental Safety and Health, as opposed to Emergency Preparedness and Campus Safety performed by the Campus Security & Safety. However, there are areas of overlap and coordination of efforts.
What do I do if I am injured at work?
The first priority is to take care of yourself and inform your supervisor of the injury. Make sure that you receive medical treatment if necessary. If you are at the doctor's office, please tell them that your injury is work-related and that you need to fill out a workers compensation form. A completed Accident Report Form must be submitted to Campus Security within 24 hours of the incident.
I am feeling discomfort with my workstation. What do I do?
The Environmental Safety & Health page offers a variety of employee resources. Employees may complete an ergonomic Self-Assessment as a tool in becoming aware of the surrounding ergonomic issues and assessing and modifying their own workstations.
If, after completing the ergonomic Self-Assessment, an employee feels that further assistance is needed, the employee may request an ergonomic evaluation by sending an email to the HR ES&H Consultant (firstname.lastname@example.org) accompanied by a completed Symptoms Survey.
What is Ergonomics?
Ergonomics is the blending of the workplace to the worker, not the other way around. It considers the match between the person, the equipment they use, the work processes, and the work environment.
Who pays for ergonomic equipment?
The Human Resources Office provides assistance with evaluating and recommending ergonomic equipment. If an employee would like to purchase ergonomic equipment, including any recommended equipment identified as part of a workstation evaluation, purchases must be made in consultation with the employee's supervisor and with the supervisor's approval to purchase from their department budget.
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