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Safety Tip—Eye Strain

Using computers and other screens is unavoidable but there are ways to make it easier on your eyes, and keep them in tip-top shape. This all starts when you sit down at your computer, make sure to position the computer screen an arm’s length away at eye level. Next adjust display brightness to approximately the same brightness as the surrounding area. Adjust text size and contrast for easier reading. Once you are all set up and working remember to look away from the screen, about every 20 minutes, and focus on a distant object for 20 seconds. Next time you are reading a book or magazine also try this tips to prevent your eyes from fatigue.

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For more information on eye health please visit The National Institute of Health’s website.


Safety Tip: Slips and Falls

Living in the Keweenaw and working at Michigan Tech, we know how to handle slippery conditions outside with all of the snow and ice, but slips and falls are just as likely to occur inside. To avoid these situations here are some tips for staying clear of tripping hazards. Slips and falls icon

  • Wear proper footwear—shoes with good traction.
  • Using handrails when available will help you stay upright.
  • Avoid distractions while walking, like looking at a cellphone.
  • When entering buildings be sure to wipe your feet, this prevents slippery areas and helps keep the floor dry and clear of debris.
  • Keeping your home and office area well-lit will help you to be aware of potential hazards you may have forgotten about.
  • Ensure that electrical and phone cords are secured away from high-traffic areas, like hallways and around employees’ desks.
  • Always keep cabinets and drawers closed when not in use.

If you ever find yourself in need of assistance please contact Public Safety at (906) 487-2216.


Safety Tip of the Week—Electrical Safety

Electrical Safety IconWe’ve all seen that outlet that is filled to capacity. Extension cords everywhere and cords tangled in a knot that has no foreseeable end.  Did you know that this situation could be a fire hazard and an example of poor electrical safety practice? This week’s safety tip of the week is dealing with electrical safety.

An easy thing to remember is to unplug appliances when they are unused, this also saves money on electric bills.

When unplugging a cord, pull gently at the plug rather than the cord itself.

Replace and damaged electrical equipment immediately; do not attempt to repair equipment unless qualified and authorized—you wouldn’t was to shock yourself.

Do not use electrical equipment in wet or damp conditions without a ground fault circuit interrupter—water conducts electricity and could seriously injure you.

Do not tie power cords in knots; this can lead to short circuits. Only use extension cords for temporary use.

Do not overload outlets with power strips and adapters.

Allow air circulation around appliances to prevent over heating, and use light bulbs with the correct wattage to prevent overheating.

Switch power tools OFF before connecting them to a power supply.

Poor Electrical Safety Practice has the potential to start a fire—if you find you self in that situation call 911 immediately.

For other information visit the OSHA website: osha.gov/Publications/electrical_safety.html


Winter Safety Tips

Mittens VS. Gloves

Gloves may look fashionable but using mittens are much more safe. When your fingers are able to touch each other inside mittens, they generate more body heat than when they’re inside gloves.

Warm up Before Shoveling

Before you shovel all the snow and ice outside of your home or workplace, do some stretching exercises first. Alternatively, marching in place or walking for a couple of minutes will warm up your muscles, allowing you to work more efficiently and reduce the risk of injuring yourself.

Michigan Tech from Mont RipleyRock salt + Kitty Litter = Safer walkways

Have some rock salt and kitty litter or sand on hand. Rock salt helps melt the ice on slippery surfaces. Kitty litter and sand gives temporary traction.

Warm up Before Driving Off

Just like stretching exercises before working outside prevents injury to you, warming up your vehicle prevents damage to your car, too. This also helps reduce the moisture condensation on the inside of your car windows. Remember, though, not to warm up your vehicle in a closed garage.

Report those Damaged Lines!

After a winter storm, immediately report any downed power lines or broken gas lines in your area or workplace.


Safety Tip—Fire Prevention and Safety

Business Operations and Environmental Health and Safety present the Michigan Tech Safety Tip of the week: Fire Prevention and Safety! There are many ways to prevent fires and stay safe in the event of a fire. One of the first thing you should do to protect yourself and ensure your safety in case of a fire is to learn the evacuation routes for buildings that you frequent from maps located inside the buildings along with knowing the safety routes it is also a good idea to know where fire extinguishers are located in case of small fires that can easily be put out. Staying vigilant is one of the best ways to prevent a fire from starting. Old electrical cords are a big cause of fires in homes and at work, this can be avoided by checking all electrical cords for cracks or cuts in the cord. Also, making sure flammable liquids and materials are in their proper place and not allowing paper and trash to accumulate outside of garbage receptacles will help you protect yourself and the environment from being set on fire.

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If you have any questions on this or other safety topics, please contact Environmental Health and Safety at 906-487-2118 or ehs@mtu.edu


Safety Tip of the Week—Heat Stress Prevention

Business Operations and Environmental Health and Safety present the Michigan Tech Safety Tip of the week: Heat Stress Prevention! Workers who are exposed to extreme heat or work in hot environments may be at risk of heat stress. There are many ways to prevent heat stress and stay comfortable while working outside in the summer. First, know the symptoms of heat exhaustion to help yourself and those around you: dizziness, headaches, nausea, weakness, and breathing problems. If you notice these symptoms, find a shaded or air-conditioned area to rest at and drink plenty of fluids. Steps to reduce heat stress can involve wearing the right attire such as a brimmed hat and light colored clothing, allowing yourself to acclimate to the heat by gradually increasing your workload, arranging frequent rest periods in shaded or air conditioned areas, and drinking water every 15 minutes or one pint per hour.

If you have any questions on this or other safety topics, please contact Environmental Health and Safety at 906-487-2118 or ehs@mtu.edu

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Safety Tip: If You See a Mountain Lion

Seem as Large as Possible
Make yourself appear larger by picking up children, leashing pets in, and standing close to other people. Open your jacket. Raise your arms. Wave your raised arms slowly.
Make Noise
Yell, shout, bang your walking stick or water bottle. Make any loud sound that cannot be confused by the lion as the sound of prey. Speak slowly and loudly.
Act Defiant, Not Afraid
Maintain eye contact. Never run past or away from a mountain lion. Don’t bend over or crouch down.
Slowly Create Distance
Assess the situation. Consider whether you may be between the lion and its kittens, prey or cache. Back away slowly to give the mountain lion a path to retreat, never turning your back.
Protect Yourself
If attacked, fight back. Protect your neck and throat. People have used rocks, jackets, garden tools, walking sticks, and even bare hands to turn away mountain lions.

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