Make Time for Safety Poster | Designed especially for The California Parks Company by Abby Lawless. 

Keeping each other safe means targeting hazards old and new; each day, we face hazards at work, at home and on the road that we take completely for granted.

It’s easy to get complacent about things you see and do every day. Things that seem routine – like walking over a hose, squeezing into small spaces to retrieve items or the development of spider webs and wasp nests – are easy to ignore. We just accept them as normal.

But we don’t have to.  Let’s push for change and creating a safer world. Coming back to the default world, those hazards referenced above are a daily reminder that we need so many more voices to raise awareness about the risks we face and the things we can do to keep each other safe.

We don’t have to continue accepting preventable injuries as normal, as a necessary cost of doing business, or as a given.

Already we are making huge strides in workplace safety by raising awareness with safety meetings, tailgates and posters.

But we also need to stay vigilant. As old hazards fade away, new hazards emerge.

  • We face hazards from fatigue on the road and at work. Take precautions to get a good night’s sleep prior to your scheduled work day. Fatigue contributes to taking risks, as well as makes you a little loopy with everyday tasks, which increases the chances of an injury happening to you or a co-worker.
  • Climate change threatens to make already hazardous jobs more risky by exposing workers to more severe weather. We have already seen record temperatures in triple digits that have lasted for several weeks at a time.  Stay hydrated by sipping on water all day long, take frequent shaded breaks, and know the warning signs and symptoms of Heat Illness and Heat Stroke.
  • Almost 40% of worker fatalities happen on the road. Minimize the distractions by choosing your radio station, or mapping your destination prior to getting on the road. Turn your phone off while driving; it can wait till you get to your destination.  It’s better to get to your destination rather than never arrive.
  • Be AWARE of your surroundings. Always keep your eyes in the direction that you are moving as to avoid slip, trips, falls, bumps, breaks and bruises.  Look ahead at what hazardous scenarios might happen when preforming your daily duties and/or projects, then take steps to ensure your safety.

So we have some work to do. Every one of us can choose to make safety a priority. We can lead by example, through encouragement, or becoming safety sponsors in our homes, in our cars, and in our workplaces.

Take the challenge to be safe, not the chance.  MAKE TIME FOR SAFETY!

Rhonda Nunnelley

Director of Risk & Training