Vol 7., No. 11, November/December
THOUGHTS & QUOTES
shoot your eye out!
is a quote we will
hear over the next several weeks - and especially on December
25 when one of the networks runs that classic movie A Christmas
Story all day!! That movie makes us laugh at the many hazards
and catastrophes associated with it, including the age-old
misadventure of leaving part of ones tongue on a cold metal
object!! (Having grown up in the colder regions of the country,
I can remember being goaded by an older brother to do something
We wish everyone a SAFE holiday
season as you travel, shop, cook, watch sports, or warm yourself
by the fire. Whatever you do, take a minute to think of the safer
way to do it.
Included in this issue of Safety
News & Notes are some of the same-ol seasonal
safety reminders - which we sometimes forget in the hurry
of the season. When visiting family and friends or staying with
someone, where hazards may be different than what you are used
to, take that minute for safety to Be Aware, Be Alert,
and Be Alive.
Travel, work, play and share
in the spirit of the season safely.
The Association of Equipment
Manufacturers (AEM) has completed phase one of a database
of industry recognized pictorial illustrations
for voluntary use in the design of equipment safety signs, manuals
and other training materials. AEM developed this database to
promote greater consistency and clarity among pictorial images
so they are more recognizable by industry workers, thus enhancing
safety. The pictorials are offered free of charge to anyone,
saving manufacturers and others the time and cost of developing
their own graphics.
Need a certificate to recognize
employees, safety trainers, or safety program attendees? Florida
AgSafe has one all ready for you to use. We call it the SAFE-T-KAP
Award for recognizing someone for special efforts
in promoting Safe Actions For Everyone
Thru Knowledge, Awareness, and Practice.
The Labor Occupational Health
Program of the University of California at Berkeley has made
tailgate trainings. Although designed for construction safety,
many of the same items or issues are applicable to agriculture.
Topics include such items as: lifting; portable power tools;
hand vibrations; fall protection; ladders; and electrical safety.
Tailgate trainings and case studies are in English and Spanish.
Safety Activities for Children
Sharon Pahlman, 4-H Agent with
Maryland Extension, has developed several activities for teaching
children about household and farm chemical safety. The activities
and instructions and suggestions are at: http://extension.umd.edu/local/Caroline/.
Click on Chemical Safety Information.
Every activity is presented
to help children learn about the hazards associated with the
misuse of household and farm chemicals. Teens and adults will
find the resources useful and easy to adapt to working with children
in 4-H programs, scouts and many other opportunities.
Included are a board game,
bingo, concentration game, pre-post tests, and evaluations.
Day Camp Applications
Agriculture Foundation Farm Safety Day Camp program trains
and provides the resources that local communities need to conduct
one-day safety programs for children. The programs are age-appropriate,
hands-on, fun, and safe! While the basic program reaches children
ages 8 to 13, safety days may also be conducted for 4- to 7-year-olds
or even entire families. Applications for a camp in 2008 are
due in July of 2007. It is not too early to begin planning in
order to get community partners together to support a camp.
Risk Management Center is a source for tools, advice and
training to control risks...so you can focus on your nonprofit's
Included is a safety program
for keeping employees and volunteers safe. There are also training
materials to learn more about developing business continuity
Occupational Injury Cost Fact Sheets
A new series of fact sheets
on the NIOSH
Traumatic Occupational Injury Web page estimates the cost
to society of a workplace fatality using the cost-of-illness
approach. This approach combines the direct and indirect costs
to produce an overall cost of an occupational fatal injury. Fact
sheets are available for ten industry groupings, including agriculture,
forestry and fishing; mining; construction; services; manufacturing;
transportation, communications, electric, gas and sanitary services;
wholesale trade; retail trade; finance, insurance, and real estate;
and public administration.
of American Journal of Industrial Medicine Focuses on Effects
of Long Work Hours
issue of the American Journal of Industrial Medicine features
a special section on various aspects of research on long
work hours, health, and safety. This collection of articles is
a response to the "2004 Long Work Hour Conference,"
sponsored by NIOSH and the University of Maryland School of Nursing.
and Holiday Safety Reminders
(Reminders from past issues
of SN&N Why do we repeat them? Because the same things
seem to happen each holiday season!)
Seasonal Electrical Safety Reminders from Electrical Safety Foundation
A few reminders are in order
now that people are using electrical heat tape, space heaters,
fireplaces, oil heaters, wood burning stoves and furnaces:
Many manufactured homes
burn as the result of improperly installed heat tape.
Tips for Use of CO Detectors
1. Carbon monoxide detectors
do NOT function as smoke detectors.
2. Smoke detectors do NOT work
as carbon monoxide detectors.
3. Select detector(s) listed
by a qualified, independent testing laboratory.
4. Follow manufacturer's recommendations
for placement in your home.
5. Treat all activations as
real, and get the activation checked out by a professional.
6. Evacuate everyone from your
home immediately, leaving the door open for ventilation on your
7. Notify the fire service
from a neighbor's home.
8. Test CO detectors at least
once a month, following the manufacturer's instructions.
9. Replace CO detectors and
batteries according to the manufacturer's instructions. The U.S.
Fire Administration has many publications that can be ordered
free of charge.
10. Carbon-monoxide detectors
signal the presence of an invisible, odorless and tasteless gas
that kills some 500 Americans a year.
With the holidays coming up,
many people may be planning to cook a turkey by using a turkey
fryer. Turkey fryers need to be used under strict supervision
and with extreme caution. They pose the dangers of fire, tipping
over and spilling hot oil (which could seriously burn any person
or pet nearby), as well as causing burns by coming into contact
with their hot metal surface.
- Safety measures for using turkey fryers are available at the Underwriters
Laboratories, Inc. (UL) site. Included is a video segment showing
the hazards, including how quickly a fire can start. A segment
at the end of the video includes soundbites in Spanish.
There are no standards for
turkey fryers, and UL has not approved any models. Note that
various components may be UL approved, which may be misleading
in that it makes people think the entire unit is UL approved.
See Consumer Reports
-- in the search block, type turkey fryers.
Reminder for Fire Safety
during the Holidays
Additional Fire Prevention
- Countertop appliances can
be surprisingly hazardous.
If cords are allowed to hang or tangle, blenders, toasters and
such can be inadvertently pulled off the counter and, in the
case of deep-fat fryers, cause serious injury.
- Irons not only cause fires,
they cause injuries.
"Irons are a heavy appliance and most household incidents
occur when they fall on people, children more often than not,"
says John Drengenberg of Underwriters Laboratories. "They
should be unplugged and put away when not in use."
- Space heaters cause roughly
10 percent of residential fires.
"Give space heaters space," says Capt. Ronel Brown,
spokesman for Louisville (Ky.) Fire and Rescue. "Make sure
you place them at least 3 feet away from anything that can burn
-- and never use them to dry damp clothes or anything else."
Because they use liquid fuel, kerosene space heaters can be especially
dangerous. Never refuel a kerosene heater indoors or while it's
- Candles are increasingly
popular, and candle-related fires have increased accordingly.
Place candles at least
3 feet away from anything flammable -- and well out of reach
of pets and children. Never leave them unattended.
- Fireplaces should be checked
by a professional for
cracks in the chimney flue and excessive buildup of creosote,
a combustible waste product of wood fires. Never use paper or
unseasoned wood in a fireplace.
- Clothes dryers cause more
fires than any other appliance or power tool, resulting in 10 deaths and $84 million
in property damage in an average year. The main problem: Lint
buildup in the exhaust hose causes the dryer to overheat. Clean
the lint trap after every load. Vacuum out the exhaust hose once
a year. If your hose is made of ribbed vinyl, replace it with
aluminum pipe that won't kink or catch fire.
- Smoke alarms cut your chance
of dying in a house fire by half.
There are three types, but only one detects both smoke and flames
in a timely fashion. Ionization alarms excel at detecting fast-flaming
fires caused by paper or flammable liquids. Photoelectric alarms
are best at detecting smoke, like that produced in slow-starting
fires in bedding and upholstery.
- Escape ladders should be placed near a window of
any bedroom above ground level.
- Fire extinguishers are
recommended for the kitchen, laundry room and garage. Make sure your extinguisher has an
ABC rating, meaning it can fight fires caused by paper, wood,
cloth, flammable liquids and electrical short circuits.
Product Safety Commission and other agencies wish to make
sure all toy shoppers are aware of this years top toy safety
tips to help reduce injuries and deaths. Posters in English and
Spanish are available.
& 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
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Past issues of Safety News & Notes are archived on the Florida AgSafe Web site.
Florida AgSafe Web site:
The Disaster Handbook: http://disaster.ifas.ufl.edu
National Agricultural Safety
Extension Disaster Education
Florida State Agricultural
Response Team (SART): http://www.flsart.org