Keep Trucking Safe August 2020 Newsletter

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Safety Material for the Trucking Industry
 August 2020

Don’t Let a Cough or Sneeze Spread Disease

Most times, a cough or sneeze is not a big deal. They are just harmless ways that your body protects its ability to breathe freely. When dust, dirt, germs, and other particles accidentally enter you airway, your body responds. You may feel an itch in your eyes, nose, or lungs, and then, suddenly, you take a quick, deep breath, shut your eyes, tighten your rib muscles, and let out a huge, loud blast of air. But there are times when this natural reaction that usually brings relief can become a health hazard. A cough or sneeze during flu season or a pandemic like the COVID-19 outbreak can spread germs that cause severe illness and death. Several days or much longer may pass before a sick employee shows any symptoms of illness. During this time, they may unknowingly spread germs if they cough or sneeze into their hands, near workers, and on objects that other people touch. An average sneeze or cough can spray thousands of germs from your lungs at speeds up to 100 mph and over distances of several feet. Slowing down the spread of germs and disease requires covering your cough and sneeze.

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Tips to live by

Safe + Sound Week 2020

From August 10 – 16, Safe + Sound Week will bring attention to the importance of workplace safety and health programs for preventing employee injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. The annual event encourages participation to help businesses get started with new safety programs or to revitalize existing ones. Company safety programs protect workers’ lives and prevent costly injuries that can hurt your bottom line.

Safe + Sound Week Core Elements: Find & Fix Hazards; Management Leadership; Worker Participation

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Fleet Maintenance Tips

Mechanics keep trucks on the road and drivers safe. We depend on them to keep the public safe too. Good mechanics are vital to the success of the trucking industry and to your company. Following a few simple procedures can keep them safe at work.

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Tips to live by

Is It Hot Enough for You?

As the temperature continues to increase, truck drivers need to be on the alert when it comes to preventing heat-related illness. Everyone reacts differently to heat, but many become irritable and can make more mistakes. Symptoms of heat exhaustion include dizziness, weakness, headache, heat cramps or nausea. If these are not treated, symptoms can worsen to include passing out, blurred vision, convulsions and even death.

To prevent this, workers should sip on non-caffeinated beverages throughout the day. Staying hydrated helps your body sweat and maintain a normal body temperature. It can take time to acclimate your body to the temperature outdoors. Limit time spent working or exercising in heat until you are conditioned to it. Remind workers that their safety and the safety of others on the road comes before all deliveries.  

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More information on heat exhaustion

L&I heat exposure rules and requirements

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