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Safety Focus of Week May 13 - Undetected Ball Valve Failure

May 13, 2019

Below is a safety beacon from the CCPS from March 2019. It talks about not trusting valves for secure isolations for safety reasons. We have made an effort over the last few years to accomplish this by either replacing the valves with blinds or removing the line all together.

Safety Focus of Week April 1 - Bring Your Child To Work Today

Apr 01, 2019

If you are like me, and have no one to take care of the kids during holidays or snow days, you bring your kids to work almost every time the school is closed. Almost 20 years ago an organization started encouraging employees and employers to have a designated take your child to work day at the end of April. At some places the practice has taken hold, at other, like FRI it hasn't. It's truly a novel idea and one we can utilize to work safer.

The suggestion would be to make every day bring your child or grandchild to work day, not in body, but in mind. As you go out to work today, I'd challenge you to do two things:

Safety Focus of Week March 18 - Tight Enough

Mar 19, 2019

I think this is a good reminder. We have specified torque specifications for some bolts for which we can use a torque wrench with the correct setting, e.g. on the column windows or the dome. For some others, we do not have such a specification.

Safety Focus of Week March 18 - High Winds Safety

Mar 18, 2019

The 'Bomb Cyclone' about two weeks ago reminded us how dangerous high winds could be. Severe wind storms are dangerous and difficult to predict with some gusts coming with little or no warning.

Safety Focus of Week March 11 - Safety on Head Injury

Mar 11, 2019

I experienced a head injury a couple of weeks ago. I went to the hospital emergency room to do a head CT scan, and fortunately it turns out a minor one and nothing serious happen. Minor head injuries can happen to people of all ages, and especially common to small children. As such, I am sharing some safety tips on head injuries this week.

Safety Focus of Week March 4 - Change the Batteries in Your Smoke Detectors

Mar 04, 2019

This Sunday is the end of Daylight Savings Time. As you spend time changing clocks that can't change themselves, don't forget to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Safety Focus of Week February 25 - Space Heaters Need Space

Feb 25, 2019

Like any electrical appliance, personal space heaters need their space. It's especially important to locate space heaters pretty far away from anything that could catch on fire. Although the handy appliances come with lots of safety features, it's up to you to make sure they don't get close enough to catch something on fire.

Safety Focus of Week February 18 - Wellness Guidelines for American Heart Month

Feb 18, 2019

I recently ran across a few articles on heart health because February is American Heart Month. I'd encourage you to take a few minutes to think about the American Heart Association's Diet and Lifestyle Recommendations:

Safety Focus of Week February 4 - Safety Glasses

Feb 05, 2019

My 13-year-old recently discovered woodworking and received a scroll saw for Christmas. We got the saw all put together and I captured this fist cut with it. After snapping the picture, I showed it to him and pointed out that he needs safety glasses as well as taking the time to think about what he is wearing while using this, or any other power tool. I urge everyone to take the opportunities to point out to our family the safety hazards we see in everyday life.

Safety Focus of Week February 4 - Gloves Safety

Feb 04, 2019

I have to report a first aid incident that I experienced at home. I burned my finger while removing a thermocouple from meat in my smoker. I was wearing gloves but there was a hole in the tip of the index finger, right where I grabbed a hot thermocouple.

Safety Focus of Week January 28 - Intervention

Jan 28, 2019

This year we are celebrating our 21st anniversary in our home. A lot has changed on our road. New houses have been built and more cut-through and bicycle traffic. What hasn't changed is the condition of the road. It is still a two-lane road without a shoulder, very narrow in parts, very dark at night, large drop offs in some areas, and animals constantly crossing it.

Safety Nugget Week of January 21 - Safety Talk

Jan 23, 2019

Talk to tour family about safety. Engaging your spouse in safety conversations is fun and very productive. It drives a safety culture that is valuable to them everywhere they go. These conversations also create a team feeling to look after each other. You can leverage all the training you receive at work.

Safety Nugget Week of December 24 - Holiday Safety

Dec 21, 2018

To have happy and safe holidays, following are a few holiday safety tips:

Safety Nugget Week of December 17 - Have a Safe and Happy Holidays!

Dec 18, 2018

The holiday season is here, and we're excited to share in the holiday spirit! It's easy to get caught up in the festivities, and while you're busy decorating the house, safety may be one of the last things on your mind.

Safety Nugget Week of November 19 - Rethink Your Drink

Nov 19, 2018

As FRI is moving into keeping their employees healthy, there is also another important message to share: it's time to rethink your drink! We know that many people, including kids, struggle with their weight and how to eat more healthfully. But did you know that cutting out sugar-sweetened drinks is an easy way to eliminate extra sugar and empty calories from your diet? Consuming too much sugar also directly contributes to weight problems in children and adults alike. In fact, many health professionals point to soft drinks, sodas, sports drinks, and juices as major sources of excess calories and weight gain, even among kids. And because you don't feel as full from drinking a beverage as you would from eating the same number of calories in a meal, you may take in more calories from the sugar before you feel full. Even 100 percent fruit juice has a lot of calories from sugar, so it's best to drink only one serving a day of juice. Mostly, when you can, reach for water first! It's your best no-calorie, healthy beverage choice all the time.