Environmental Services Program
Health and Safety
Occupational Safety and Health Consultant
The occupational safety and health consultant is housed within the Environmental Services Program. The consultant oversees safety issues primarily within the Division of Environmental Quality, and provides recommendations to the remaining divisions on an as needed or as requested basis.
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
Thousands die needlessly each year because people continue to use their cell phones while driving, handheld or hands-free.
- Stop using cell phones while driving
- Recognize that hands-free devices offer no safety benefit
- Understand the dangers of the cognitive distraction to the brain
- Tell others about the dangers of cell phone distracted driving
Drivers using handheld or hands-free cell phones are four times as likely to crash according to the National Safety Council (NSC).
The NSC estimates 25 percent of crashes involve cell phones. The number one cause of workplace death is car crashes.
Stay prepared for emergencies
Now is a good time to stay prepared for emergencies. You can identify potential hazards and discuss what to do before, during and after an emergency. For more information, visit http://www.ready.gov/be-informed. These are some things you can do to stay prepared:
- Be Ready.
- Prepare for all hazards, disasters and emergencies.
- Be informed about what to do before, during and after an emergency.
- Make a plan for what you will do in an emergency.
- Build a kit of emergency supplies.
- Get involved in preparing your community.
- Have a workplace plan.
Prepare, plan and stay informed for emergencies. More information is available at: American Red Cross and Centers for Disease Control Emergency Preparedness and You.
Staying safe at work
There are some simple things you can do to stay safe at work:
- Keep your wallet, keys, purse, and other valuables with you at all times or locked in a drawer.
- Don’t stay late if you’ll be alone in the office. Create a buddy system for walking to parking lots after hours.
- Report broken or flickering lights and doors that do not secure properly so they can be quickly repaired..
- If you notice signs of potential violence in a fellow employee, report this to your supervisor.
- Immediately report all incidents of sexual harassment.
- Know your department’s emergency plan for fire and severe weather evacuations.