Safety News January 2020

Jan. 2020

Safety News Lee Industrial Contracting

A Safer 2020 New year, improved safety Starting a new year is all about resolutions — exercise more, eat healthier, or just be a bit kinder. These are all resolutions we make for ourselves in an effort to improve our well being. As employees, a resolution that we can all make is the decision to be a bit more safety-conscious. Choose one of the safety resolutions below, or create one of your own • Ask questions that relate to safety • Make suggestions on improvements • Educate myself on new safety practices • Participate in more training • Keep a clean and orderly van and worksite Submit your safety resolutions to a member of the Safety department to be featured in the next issue of Safety News and help inspire others to head into 2020 with a safety-focused mindset. that you feel is important to you. • Watch out for my crew’s safety • Stop texting and driving

Working in Winter Weather What to wear, watch for, and have on hand

With outside temperatures and wind chill dropping, these extreme working conditions can pose serious risks to a worker’s health. Follow the tips below for what to wear, watch for, and what to have on hand to ensure you are protected from these health risks. What to wear Avoid cotton and goose down materials when working outside. Goose down is a good choice for warmth when dry. However, when this materials get wet, it loses its ability to insulate. Cotton is one of the worst fabrics you can wear for warmth in the winter. Cotton locks in moisture and extracts heat from the body. Avoid wearing cotton underwear, socks, or a cotton t-shirt as your base layer. Proper layering is essential for regulating body temperature.

What to have on hand Fuel up. Due to the extreme conditions, it’s best to take in your calories steadily throughout the day. Six to eight snacks are far better than two heavy meals. Stay hydrated. It’s easy to reach for a hot beverage when you’re working outside in the cold, but it’s important to drink plenty of water in order to avoid dehydration.

1. Wicking layer: This layer should remove moisture from the skin and transfer it to the next layer. Synthetic fabrics are recommended for this layer. Look for clothing labeled as “moisture wicking.” 2. Light to heavy insulating layer: This layer goes on after the wicking layer. A fleece or wool sweater will trap heat in the body. 3. Windproof/waterproof layer: This layer is your protection from the elements, including rain and snow. Safety has rain suits for employees working outside in the rain. 4. Hats and gloves: 30-50% of body heat is lost through the head. See HR or Safety if you need a winter hat or gloves. What to watch for

Reminder: Your safety is your responsibility

First Aid / CPR / AED Friday, January 24, 2020 7 a.m. - 11 a.m. First Aid / CPR / AED: Re-Certification Thursday, February 20, 2020 7 a.m. - 9 a.m. Upcoming Safety Training Hypothermia and frostbite can set in quickly when the outside temperature and wind chill reach a certain point. Hypothermia occurs as your body temperature falls below 95°F. Use the diagram to the right to identify signs of hypothermia and frostbite on yourself and your coworkers.

Although it is expected that each of us watch out for the safety of our coworkers and those around us, at the end of the day, we are the only ones individually responsible for our safety. By being mindful of our actions, our surroundings, and all the potential risks involved, can help to eliminate the “avoidable” from “avoidable accident.”

Salzeider Inc: Novelis Mezzanine Recognizing Outstanding Safety

“ John Ergen, Matthew West, and Anthony Clark (Weld/Fab) are being recognized because out of all the crews I visit on a daily basis, John Ergen’s crews are always going above and beyond in their work and in safety. Their paperwork is always done, they are always wearing the appropriate PPE, and they are always performing their work safely.” — Stephanie Shepperson, Safety Representative

At Lee Industrial Contracting, our mission is to provide a safe environment for our employees, customers and visitors. We strive to eliminate unsafe behaviors and conditions and will work together to protect our customers, ourselves and each other by promoting a culture of shared responsibility with focus on continuous improvement of our safety program through the open exchange of suggestions, ideas and concerns.

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