Never limit safety to the workplace alone. There are safe practices that should be applied in every area of your life, no matter the occupation. While OSHA may not have a direct correlation or responsibility to your company, school or organization, prioritize safety. Education is more effective when modeled beforehand. Share these tips with your friends and family to ensure best practices are demonstrated.
While you’re shopping or walking to class, be aware of your surroundings. Be mindful of the area you parked your vehicle and the distance traveled during the day or night. Keep your head up and eliminate other distractions. Stay off your phone, so you can hear everything around you. Look both ways when crossing and use the crosswalks.
Whether you’re studying for your midterms or selling hopes and dreams from door-to-door, stop for a break every now and again. Your mind will be refreshed after a brisk 15-minute walk away from your computer and your body will appreciate the glass of water and small rest break in between jobs. Know your body and listen to the cues and signals it gives you.
Spread your meals throughout the day, so your body is receiving the energy needed to complete everything you have planned. Avoid heavy, fatty meals to stay alert and enthusiastic. Don’t be fooled by the ‘valued’ price listed – the consequences are not worth the $1 you splurged with. Feed your body the vitamins and nutrients it needs to increase production.
Don’t let the weather dictate the amount of fluids you retain. Drink lots of water and fuel your body with electrolytes to keep you going. Stacking up on liquids will keep you more active and engaged with your peers and the projects at hand. Invest in your health with a reusable water bottle or portable flask to keep your hydrated at school, work or home. Make water your best friend instead of a bill collector you avoid every day!
Safety isn’t limited to hard hats and goggles. Take the right precautions and remain proactive to safety in your school, workplace and home.