In our July 2017 Newsletter you will find our important dates to remember, some tips on preventing workplace injury, 8 ways to refresh during your lunch break, how to avoid the post vacation blues, and a simple grilled peach recipe perfect for Independence Day.
Preventing Workplace Injury
According to the National Safety Council, preventable deaths are at an all-time high in America. In fact, more than 130,000 people die needlessly every year – one every four minutes. Follow these simple precautions in the workplace and it may prevent serious injury, workers’ comp claims and OSHA fines.
• Clean up any spills immediately and include warning signage if necessary
• Wear proper footwear, paying special attention to outdoor conditions
• Ensure there is adequate lighting in your work space
• Prevent falling objects by placing heavy objects on lower shelves, and keep equipment away from the edges of desks and tables • Keep aisles, stairways, emergency exits, electrical panels and doors clear of clutter
• Storage areas should not have an accumulation of materials that present hazards for tripping, fire, explosion or pests
• Regularly inspect, clean and fix tools
• Determine which type of personal protective equipment is needed in each situation based on potential risks
• Get 7-9 hours of sleep every day
• Lift with your legs, not your back and limit the amount of weight you carry
• Do not place a ladder on boxes, barrels or other unstable bases to obtain additional height
8 Ways to Refresh During Your Lunch Break
1. Leave the Office—Experts agree a change in environment is beneficial to creative thinking. Just stepping out for a few moments can help break up your day and give you a pick-me-up.
2. Read A Book—Whether you’re reading for entertainment or to learn something new, it’s a great way to disconnect and get out of work-mode.
3. Meditate— Devoting 10-12 minutes during your break to clearing your mind helps make you better prepared to tackle your work once you return to the office.
4. Unplug—So much of today’s communication is done online and it can be overwhelming. Putting your devices away during lunch allows you to break out of the work mentality and enjoy the simple things.
5. Exercise—Getting active has been found to boost brain function and energy levels. An early morning, or evening workout may not be convenient, but there’s still something to be said for a quick walk around the block.
6. Take a Catnap— NASA found that pilots who took 25 minute naps were 35 percent more alert than and twice as focused as those who didn’t nap at all.
7. Catch Up With A Loved One—Instead of spending your lunch break in solitude, use it to catch up with a loved one. You’ll be surprised to see what a positive impact even just a 10 minute conversation can have on your mood.
8. Spend Time in Nature—One study published last year found that being in nature can decrease instances of negative thoughts. Even if you work in an urban area, a nearby park is the perfect place to spend your time away from the office.