A Message from the Office
Can you believe it’s June already? It feels like yesterday that we were saying, “Happy New Year”. Now we are saying, “Happy Summer!”. In this particular month, we are also saying Happy Birthdays to our President and Vice President, whose birthdays are the June 11th and 3rd respectively. Happy Birthday Lisa and Megan! May this year bring many blessings and adventures.
June is a wonderful time of year. Mother nature is in full bloom and summer fun is back once more. With summer fun comes the need for summer safety. June is National Safety Month. We will be exploring summer fun, summer heat and summer safety precautions in this edition of Golden Nuggets and on the Golden Horizons Blog. Enjoy your summer and stay safe!
~ Golden Horizons Office Team
Mr. W's Inspirational Quotes
It’s believed that they had 4 children, 2 sons, 2 daughters. Geoffrey died October 25, 1400 and was re-interred in Poet’s Corner 100 years after his death.
Safety is Paramount
June is National Safety Month. Safety comes in many forms and across many platforms. Workplace violence and policies to prevent or deal with it are one avenue of safety. Others include seasonal safety, particularly in the summer, when we encounter hot weather and much direct sunlight. We wear proper clothing and sunblock,
and stay hydrated as part of our safety regimen. In all situations in life, there is potential for danger and for taking safety precautions.
This year’s National Safety Month’s weekly themes include: Week 1: Hazard Recognition, Week 2: Slips, Trips and Falls, Week 3: Fatigue, Week 4: Impairment. Join us as we explore the safety situations presented by the weekly themes for 2019.
Week 1: Hazard Recognition - According to Occupational Safety Group, Inc., “a hazard is any practice, behavior or physical condition that can cause injury, illness, damage to property, damage to environment, loss to process.” To maintain better safety safety, one must be able to recognize hazards in a given situation. Within work places, there are structured protocols in place and training on how to resolve issues. In non-workplace situations, one should be aware of surroundings, note any issues. For instance, if you’re out walking on a paved road, hazards could include stray pebbles, passing cars. To avoid these, note your surroundings, watch your step, don’t wear earbuds etc.
Week 2: Slips, Trips and Falls - Three years ago, I was on my way out the door at my cousins when I missed a step and hurt my foot. I was in a rush, didn’t watch where I was going and that put me on crutches and in a boot for months. It can happen to anyone. Workplace or home, we should be aware of our surroundings - holes in floors, heights, steps, slippery surfaces, stray objects in our path. Avoid them if we can.
Week 3: Fatigue - Fatigue is a term used to describe a regular sense of tiredness or lack of energy. It can be chronic or short-term, and may have different causes. Often, fatigue can be traced to one or more lifestyle factors - lack of sleep, jetlag from travel, physical exertion, lack of physical exertion, unhealthy diet, medications like antihistimines, persistent alcohol or drug use. Other times it’s related to an underlying medical condition. Things we can do - consult with our doctor, change eating habits, exercise, get enough sleep.
Week 4: Impairment - According to the Cambridge Dictionary, impair means “to damage or weaken something so that it is less effective”. We often hear the term in reference to alcohol or drug use - impaired judgment. In these cases, health and safety can be severely at risk. Impairment can also refer to a physical condition that interferes with our everyday lives. Learning new safety habits may become inperative.