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Programs

  • Emergency Action Plan  — A guide to what to do in an emergency. Read more >
  • Medical and First Aid Program — This program identifies those Owens personnel that will respond to medical emergencies, where safety equipment is found and the maintenance requirements. Read more >
  • Motorized Vehicle Equipment Program — This program was developed to provide training and certification for employees who operate motorized vehicle equipment at Owens. Read more >

Coming soon:

  • Automated Electronic Defibrillator Program
  • Bloodborne Pathogens Program
THINK SAFETY!

December safety topic:  Avoiding cold stress

Wearing appropriate clothing:

  • Layer – wear several layers of clothing that are loose. Dressing this way provides better insulation.
  • Tight clothing can restrict blood circulation – especially to the extremities.

Remember your face, ears, hands and feet in cold weather:

  • Wear a hat – it provides warmth to the entire body by reducing the amount of body heat escaping.
  • Wear boots that are waterproof and insulated.

Just like when it is hot outside – take breaks when it is cold outside.

Cold-related Illnesses:

  • Hypothermia: this happens when your body loses heat faster than it can produce it.  Eventually your body temperature becomes abnormally low and affects the brain.  The person may not move or think well and may be unaware of what is happening to them.  Move the person to a warm area as soon as possible and request medical assistance.
  • Frostbite: this is an injury to the body caused by freezing and it can permanently damage body tissue.  The risk is increased if not properly dressed for the weather.  Do NOT rub or massage the frostbitten area, rather immerse the affected area in warm (but not hot) water.

For more information, visit:  https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/coldstress/