Happy New Year!

Resolve to stay safe in 2021

It’s hard to believe that another year has passed and that we’re beginning 2021. It’s a great time to commit to some safety-oriented New Year’s resolutions. This year resolve to:

  • Use your knowledge, skills, and common sense to avoid accidents and injuries.
  • Wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) whenever it is necessary to protect you against workplace hazards.
  • Keep alert for safety hazards, and report any hazards you spot that you can’t safely eliminate yourself.
  • Pay attention to safety signs and safety rules.
  • Use safe lifting techniques.
  • Handle hazardous chemicals safely.
  • Operate machinery and equipment correctly.
  • Warn co-workers of the risks when you see them doing something unsafe.
  • Attend all safety meetings and training sessions.
  • Take the safety information you learn at work home with you and teach your family how to prevent accidents and injuries

Healthy Aging: Start today to plan a long and healthy life

You may not be able to turn back the hands on the clock, but poor health is not an inevitable consequence of aging. Sure, your body will change as time goes by. That’s inevitable. But you can slow down the aging process and improve the quality of your life in later years by simply making some smart choices now. What kinds of choices? The basic requirements for healthy aging include:

  • Proper nutrition. You may be able to get away with living on fast food when you’re 20, but poor eating habits will take their toll as you age. Sooner or later they are likely to lead to health problems.
  • Physical activity. Daily physical activity is essential for healthy aging. Physical activity keeps your heart fit, keeps your weight down, keeps your muscles toned, helps keep your bones strong, helps maintain flexibility and helps brain function.
  • Weight control. Gaining a little weight is a normal part of the aging process, but excessive weight gain can lead to diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
  • Preventive health care and proper use of medications. If you can catch and treat health problems in the early stages, the chances of living a longer, healthier life increase. Medications can also help control disease and improve your health as you age.
  • Promoting mental and emotional health. By keeping active and engaged in interesting activities, you can remain mentally and emotionally healthy throughout your life.
  • Avoiding tobacco use and drinking alcohol in moderation. Smoking and alcohol abuse are two of the key causes of disease and shorter life span.