Vol 7., No. 3, March 2006
THOUGHTS & QUOTES
How often do we try to convince
ourselves and others that it's OK to skip using safety devices
such as eye protection
"Well, this task is only
going to take a minute -- and Ill be really, really
I cant find eye protection that is comfortable.
They fog up.
The elastic band has stretched so they dont fit.
They dont fit over my eye-glasses.
I dont know where I put them.
After a while, the plastic gets cloudy.
"I'd have to go out to the truck to get them."
..and for a buck
The late Leo Buscaglia, an
author and professor who often appeared on television, shared
many valuable insights about living a more fulfilling and happy
life. Once, when talking about what couples argue about that
causes rifts in their relationship, he shared a great thought:
if you cant agree on how to squeeze the toothpaste tube
-- for petes sake -- buy 2! In the case of the safety eye-wear,
if you cant remember where you put them - buy 2!
Sometimes the answers are too obvious.
So the next time you feel inclined
to whine about those darn safety devices and rules,
take an extra second or two and remember that being uncomfortable
for the amount of time that PPE is needed is better than being
uncomfortable for the rest of your life.
Make sure that tools are
kept sharp. We instinctively
compensate for dull tools and apply extra -- sometimes excessive
-- force to get these tools to do their job. This often leads
to cuts and severe injuries. Let the tool do the work -
not your force.
Get rid of old tools. When a dull blade or drill bit has
been replaced, why do we keep the old ones around? We may know
not to use them, but what about someone else? Find someone who
knows someone who does art sculpture. If you do insist on keeping
them around, at least label them 'do not use.'
The following links relate
to tools typically used in the shop:
For safety tips for many common
hand tools and a comprehensive safety manual for shop safety,
see the Safety
Practices Manual by Idaho State University.
Lock-out/Tag-out (LOTO) is
a procedure to insure that equipment being worked on is not started
up by someone else or by automatic start-up. This procedure helps
prevent mechanical and electrical injuries.
Equipment should be locked
out while being repaired. Incidents which occur when machinery
is being repaired and is not locked out often result in
serious injuries like amputations, fractures, and even
death. Locking out and tagging power at its source is important
while repairing or adjusting machinery because it ensures that
power does not reach the machinery.
As spring returns, the gardening
bug bites many of us. The Minnesota Safety Council states that
the majority of gardening activities involve tools and may tax
muscles and body parts. The resulting discomfort and pain can
overshadow the satisfaction of gardening. The Council has created
page with useful tips and suggestions for a safer and less
achy gardening experience.
Additional safety information
relevant to gardening is provided by the Outdoor
Power Equipment Institute. Included is an Outdoor Power Equipment
Safety Tips brochure as well as tip sheets on:
- Riding Mowers are not Childrens
- Dont Race Lawnmowers
- 8 Basic Rules for Outdoor
Power Equipment Safety
- Rules for Mowing on a Hill
- OPEI Sponsored Safety Standards
- Safety Tips by Product
More safety tips related to
axes, hatchets, and chain saws, which could possibly be used
in your gardening, can be found in the Safety
Practices Manual by Idaho State University.
Security Audit Form
Security Audit Form has been developed by the National
Education Center for Agricultural Safety. It was developed
for the purpose of evaluating the level of security on farms,
ranches, and farmsteads. The form enables owners and residents
to determine areas that could be more secure in order to prevent
vandalism, theft, and terrorist-related activities. While the
emphasis is on security, safety of the farm family, workers and
visitors is also a primary concern.
Successful Farming magazine
has published an article (1st in a series) about what
a farmer found when using the audit.
For additional recommendations,
view our Florida AgSafe agrochemical security modules that are
posted on the Disaster
Handbook Web site . Click on "Other Disaster Products."
Health Management Systems E-tool for Businesses
The best Safety and Health
Programs involve every level of an organization, instilling a
safety culture that reduces injuries for workers and improves
the bottom line for managers. When Safety and Health are part
of the organization and a way of life, everyone wins.
There are four crucial questions
you should be asking:
1. Why do I need a Safety and
2. What is a Safety and Health Program and where does it fit
into my management system?
3. How does our program measure up?
4. What practices are best for assuring lasting success?
OSHA has produced a series
of modules that give detailed answers to each of these questions.
Week is March 1925
Public Law 87-319 authorizes
the President to designate the third week each March as National
Poison Prevention Week. This act of Congress was signed into
law on September 16, 1961 by President Kennedy, after which the
Poison Prevention Week Council was organized to coordinate this
annual event. Congress intended this event as a means for local
communities to raise awareness of the dangers of unintentional
poisonings and to take such preventive measures as the dangers
Program for Emergency Preparedness
The Department of Homeland
Security (DHS) and the Advertising Council Recently launched
Ready Kids, a family-friendly tool to help parents and
teachers educate children, ages 8-12, about emergencies and how
they can help their families better prepare. The Ready Kids program
launched at Andrew Jackson Language Academy in Chicago with a
roundtable discussion led by DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff and
an interactive presentation for families by local first responders.
Ready Kids is the newest addition
to the successful Ready campaign, a national public service advertising
campaign designed to educate and empower Americans to prepare
for and respond to emergencies, including natural disasters and
potential terrorist attacks.
Secretary Chertoff said, "We
hope the Ready Kids Website and in-school materials will help
facilitate discussions about this important subject and encourage
all families to get an emergency supply kit, make a family emergency
plan and be informed about the different emergencies that can
Termite... Urban Myth?
A warning about that mulch
from Louisiana may carry Formosan Termites is circulating on
the Internet. This warning is listed as false on the Urban
Myths Web site.
Like many Internet rumors,
the basic idea behind it seems plausible: That thousands of trees
destroyed by the 2005 hurricane have been converted to mulch
and may appear at a home improvement center near you.
It's compellingly simple, but
not quite accurate.
True, the Formosan termite
is very destructive and has gained a foothold in New Orleans
and surrounding parishes. This has been the case for several
years. However, the Louisiana
Department of Agriculture has taken steps to quarantine wood
products from the affected areas. Bascially, no wood products
can move into or out of the affected area without fumigation
According to Snopes.com, entomologists
doubted if termites could survive the processing, packaging,
and transportation conditions involved in making and distributing
Own Jeopardy Game On-line
A classroom version of the
Jeopardy game is a great tool for review and as a means of instruction.
PowerPoint versions that you can easily customize are available
on the Web. A version of this software is available on the the
Middle School Web site (scroll to the bottom of the page).
It includes the theme music and Double Jeopardy. After customizing
it to your training needs you can save your version and copy
Videos on Clearance
Farm Safety 4 Just Kids (FS4JK)
is offering several videos at clearance prices of $3.50 - $7.00.
Visit the Farm Safety 4 Just
Kids Web site, and click on "Buy Your Items Here"
and then "Videos."
These videos would be useful
if you are doing any day camps or other types of safety training.
Included are videos for kids, youth and adult audiences.
The Safety Net video ($3.50)
has a clip in it that I use with adult audiences. There is a
young man who explains the tractor overturn he was in and he
says, ...it happens so fast there is no time to react.
That is followed by the demo of the dummy being wrapped around
the PTO, and then it shows the PTO wrap in slo-mo.
& NOTES is
an e-mail newsletter prepared by Carol J. Lehtola, Extension
Agricultural Safety Specialist and team leader for the Prevention
and Preparedness: Agricultural Safety & Disaster Management
program. Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering,
UF/IFAS. If you have safety- or disaster-related questions or
ideas that you would like to share with other agents, please
contact Dr. Lehtola. If you know someone interested in receiving
this newsletter, we will gladly add them to the e-mail list.
Past issues of Safety News & Notes are archived on the Florida AgSafe Web site.