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Heat and exercise: Keeping cool in hot weather (posted on June 1, 2014)

Stay safe during hot-weather exercise by drinking enough fluids, wearing proper clothing and timing your workout to avoid extreme heat.

Whether you're running, playing a pickup game of basketball or going for a power walk, take care when the temperatures rise. If you exercise outdoors in hot weather, use these common-sense precautions to prevent heat-related illnesses.

How heat affects your body
Exercising in hot weather puts extra stress on your body. If you don't take care when exercising in the heat, you risk serious illness. Both the exercise itself and the air temperature increase your core body temperature. To help cool itself, your body sends more blood to circulate through your skin. This leaves less blood for your muscles, which in turn increases your heart rate. If the humidity also is high, your body faces added stress because sweat doesn't readily evaporate from your skin. That pushes your body temperature even higher.

Heat-related illness
Under normal conditions, your skin, blood vessels and perspiration level adjust to the heat. But these natural cooling systems may fail if you're exposed to high temperatures and humidity for too long, you sweat heavily and you don't drink enough fluids. The result may be a heat-related illness. Heat-related illnesses occur along a spectrum, starting out mild but worsening if left untreated. Heat illnesses include:

  • Heat cramps. Heat cramps are painful muscle contractions, mainly affecting the calves, quadriceps and abdominals. Affected muscles may feel firm to the touch. Your body temperature may be normal.
  • Heat exhaustion. With heat exhaustion, your body temperature rises as high as 104 F (40 C) and you may experience nausea, vomiting, headache, fainting, weakness and cold, clammy skin. If left untreated, this can lead to heatstroke.
  • Heatstroke. Heatstroke is a life-threatening emergency condition that occurs when your body temperature is greater than 104 F (40 C). Your skin may be hot, but your body may stop sweating to help cool itself. You may develop confusion and irritability. You need immediate medical attention to prevent brain damage, organ failure or even death.
Pay attention to warning signs
During hot-weather exercise, watch for signs and symptoms of heat-related illness. If you ignore these symptoms, your condition can worsen, resulting in a medical emergency. Signs and symptoms include:
  • Muscle cramps
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Weakness
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion

If you develop any of these symptoms, you must lower your body temperature and get hydrated. Stop exercising immediately and get out of the heat. If possible, have someone stay with you who can help monitor your condition. Remove extra clothing or sports equipment. Drink fluids — water or a sports drink. If possible, fan your body or wet down your body with cool water. If you don't feel better within 30 minutes, contact your doctor. If you have signs of heatstroke, seek immediate medical help.

Once you've had heatstroke, you're at a higher risk of getting a heat illness again. Get cleared by your doctor before you return to exercise if you've had heatstroke.

How to avoid heat-related illnesses
When you exercise in hot weather, keep these precautions in mind:
  • Watch the temperature. Pay attention to weather forecasts and heat alerts. Know what the temperature is expected to be for the duration of your planned outdoor activity.
  • Get acclimated. If you're used to exercising indoors or in cooler weather, take it easy at first when you exercise in the heat. As your body adapts to the heat over the course of one to two weeks, gradually increase the length and intensity of your workouts.
  • Know your fitness level. If you're unfit or new to exercise, be extra cautious when working out in the heat. Your body may have a lower tolerance to the heat. Reduce your exercise intensity and take frequent breaks.
  • Drink plenty of fluids. Dehydration is a key factor in heat illness. Help your body sweat and cool down by staying well hydrated with water. Don't wait until you're thirsty to drink. If you plan to exercise intensely or for longer than one hour, consider a sports drink instead of water. Sports drinks can replace the sodium, chloride and potassium you lose through sweating. Avoid alcoholic drinks because they can actually promote fluid loss.
  • Dress appropriately. Lightweight, loose fitting clothing helps sweat evaporate and keeps you cooler. Avoid dark colors, which can absorb heat. If possible, wear a light-colored, wide-brimmed hat.
  • Avoid midday sun. Exercise in the morning or evening, when it's likely to be cooler outdoors. If possible, exercise in shady areas — or do a water workout in a pool.
  • Wear sunscreen. A sunburn decreases your body's ability to cool itself.
  • Have a backup plan. If you're concerned about the heat or humidity, stay indoors. Work out at the gym, walk laps inside the mall or climb stairs inside an air-conditioned building.
  • Understand your medical risks. Certain medical conditions or medications can increase your risk of a heat-related illness. If you plan to exercise in the heat, talk to your doctor about precautions.

 Heat-related illnesses are largely preventable. By taking some basic precautions, your exercise routine doesn't have to be sidelined when the heat is on.

 Mayo Clinic Staff.  (2014, May 16).  Healthy Lifestyle Fitness.  Retrieved June 4, 2014 from http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/fitness/in-depth/exercise/art-20048167?pg=1.

 

Distracted Driving Is Deadly (posted on May 16, 2014)

Distracted driving is any activity which diverts attention while driving. Distractions are dangerous to drivers, passengers, and bystanders. Common distractions include: texting, using a cellphone, eating and drinking, talking to passengers, grooming, reading, looking at maps, using navigation systems, watching videos, and adjusting the radio, CD player or MP3 player. Because text messaging requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most deadly distraction.

Over 3,300 people are killed and 421,000 more are injured in crashes each year because of distracted driving. At any given moment, approximately 660,000 U.S. drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving. Five seconds is the average time that the driver’s eyes are off the road while texting. At 55mph, that's long enough to travel the length of a football field.  One out of every four motor vehicle crashes involves cellphone use.

Hands-free cell phone use is not substantially safer than hand-held use. Talking on cellphones requires the brain to multitask – a process it cannot do safely while driving. More than 30 scientific studies have proven that cellphone use while driving not only impairs driving performance, but it also weakens the brain’s ability to capture driving cues. Drivers who use cell phones have a tendency to “look at” but not “see” up to 50% of the information in their driving environment. A form of inattention blindness occurs, which results in drivers having difficulty monitoring their surroundings, seeking and identifying potential hazards, and responding to unexpected situations.  Most states, including Ohio, have legislation allowing hands-free devices while driving, giving the false impression that hands-free phones are a safe alternative, when the evidence is clear they are not.

The University of Dayton (UD) Vehicle Use and Driver Training Policy prohibits employees, students and volunteers from texting or using earphones for electronic devices while driving UD owned, donated, or leased vehicles, including utility vehicles, rental vehicles and personal vehicles for UD business.  The policy also requires drivers to complete online training, sign a “Vehicle Use Statement of Agreement,” and undergo a Bureau of Motor Vehicles record check as a prerequisite to driving.

Now that you know some facts about distracted driving, make a pledge to keep our roadways safe by driving distraction free. For more information about distracted driving, vehicle use and driver training, talk to your supervisor, check the Environmental Health and Safety/Risk Management Website or give us call at X94503. And hey, let’s be careful out there!


Sean Englert, MPA
Life Safety and Loss Prevention Specialist  

Accident Prevention - Slips, Trips and Falls (posted on February 3, 2014)

As the weather turns cold and snowy, it is important to be aware of the conditions and take your time when walking around campus.  Second only to motor vehicle accidents, slips, trips and falls are the most frequent accidents leading to personal injury (head and back injuries, broken bones, cuts and sprains).  In fact, the Bureau of State Risk Management has identified slips, trips and falls as one of the top five causes of workers' compensation claims over the last six years.    

A slip occurs when there is too little traction or friction between the shoe and walking surface and can result in a loss of balance.  A trip occurs when a person’s foot contacts an object in their way or drops to a lower level unexpectedly, causing them to be thrown off-balance.  Trips most often results in a person falling forward, whereas, slips most often results in the person falling backward.

There are many situations that can cause slips, trips, and falls, such as wet or slippery surfaces (grease spots, polished floors, loose flooring or carpeting, loose gravel), environmental conditions (ice and wet spots), insufficient or inadequate lighting, changes in elevation (uneven walking surfaces, bumps, potholes, curbs), climbing or descending stairs or ladders and poor housekeeping (clutter, electrical cords, open desk drawers

However, most of these incidents are preventable with general precautions and safety measures.  The best way to prevent injuries such as these is to be aware of where you are going and pay attention to your walking surface.  Report even a minor fall as it could prevent someone from experiencing a more serious injury down the line.

2011 Fire Prevention Week (posted on September 29, 2011)

Neighborhood Smoke-out and Fire Extinguisher Training

The first part of October is designated as fire prevention week.  This year fire prevention week runs from October 9-15.  Historically, this week marks the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire of October 8-9, 1871 that burnt out of control for several days and killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless and destroyed more than 17,000 buildings.

In order to increase fire safety awareness, UD's EHS/RM annually partners with Silco, the Dayton Fire Department, Residential Properties, the UD Neighborhood Fellows and Residence Life to host fire prevention events on campus.

This year, activities will include a live demonstration smoke-out where students can learn first hand about the dangers of fire and how to protect themselves, ask questions, check out new technologies used by the fire department and go through a building filled with simulated smoke.  This event will take place at 6 PM October 12th at 323 Stonemill Road.

Then on Thursday, October 13th, EHS/RM along with Silco Fire Protection will host live fire extinguisher training from 11am - 1pm in KU plaza.  Stop by to practice your hands-on use of an extinguisher in response to a live fire. 

   

EHS/RM New Website (posted on March 15, 2011)

New EHS/RM Website is Now Live

EHS/RM would like to present our new website.  

The site is broken down into four sections consisting of general information, environmental programs, health and safety programs and risk management information and contains or will shortly contain more detailed information regarding safety programs, student events, policies, manuals and online training presentations.  New features include a search menu, a scrolling news and events message board and a quick link to online training.  Some of the sections are still being updated with new information and new sections are being added so please check back frequently.
 
Please look through the site and let us know what you think (likes/dislikes, information or programs that are missing, etc.) by contacting EHS/RM at 229-4503. 

Emergency Evacuation Postings (posted on March 8, 2011)

Emergency Evacuation Plans
(posted on March 8, 2011)
 
The University has started to install emergency evacuation postings in buildings around campus.  This is a pilot project that will be reviewed for implementation throughout campus.

Laboratory Signage Program (posted on March 1, 2011)

Laboratory Signage Program
(posted on March 1, 2011)
 
As you walk around Kettering Labs and some of the other buildings on campus you may have taken notice of new room signs being installed outside the entrances to laboratories, shops, etc.  Among other things, these signs contain important information regarding whom to contact in case of an emergency and provide a list of hazards within the room for students, visitors and first responders.
 
Go to ROOM SIGNAGE PROGRAM to read more information about the program and/or to submit an online request form.  Entrance signs are installed by Facilies Management and are free of charge. 

MSDS Online (posted on February 22, 2011)

MSDS Online
(posted on February 22, 2011)
 
EHS/RM is sponsoring a new electronic program for searching for and documenting material safety data sheets (MSDS).  According to OSHA, every facility that stores or uses hazardous chemicals must ensure that employers have adequate access to MSDS (find regulation).  Traditionally, this was accomplished by each facility having and maintaining a binder with paper copies of MSDS for all the chemicals in their possession.  EHS/RM now has a contract with MSDS Online and is testing a new system for maintaining, viewing and searching for MSDS's via an electronic system.
  
A pilot program to see how the software works is currently being tested.  If you would like more information or would like to get involved in the project please submit an online comment form or contact Mark Fuchs or Katherine Cleaver at 229-4503.
 
More information about this program can be found in CHEMICAL SAFETY

2010 Fire Prevention Week (posted on October 30, 2010)

2010 Fire Extinguisher Training During Fire Prevention Week

The first week of October is designated as fire prevention week.  This week marks the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire of October 8-9, 1871 that burnt out of control for several days and killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless and destroyed more than 17,000 buildings.

In order to increase fire safety awareness, UD's EHS/RM annually partners with Silco, the Dayton Fire Department, Residential Properties, the UD Neighborhood Fellows and Residence Life to host fire prevention events on campus.

On Monday, October 4th, EHS/RM along with Silco conducted fire extinguisher training in the plaza outside of Kennedy Union.  Students along with staff learned about the different types of fire extinguishers and practiced hands-on fire extinguisher training to put out a live fire.

Knowing and practicing how to safety operate a fire extinguisher is the first defense in saving property and lives. 

In addition, on Tuesday October 5th, EHS along with the Dayton Fire Department set-up a "smoke out" event that gave students a chance to learn about the dangers of fire and how to protect themselves, ask questions, check out new technologies used by the fire department and go through a building filled with simulated smoke.  This year the UD neighborhood fellows prepared 234 Stonemill Road as the "Smokeout 2010" event that concluded with food and beverages.

Escaping a house fire can be difficult when thick smoke limits your vision.  Because most fires occur at night, occupants are often disoriented due to sleepiness or panic, making the escape more difficult.  

              Smokeout Photo 1      Smokeout Photo 2     

For actions students can take to prevent fires and promote fire safety and other information please check out the FIRE SAFETY page. 

Chemical Amnesty Day (posted on June 30, 2009)

Chemical Amnesty Day 

EHS/RM regularly picks-up chemical waste throughout the year but since it costs money to dispose of many researchers hold on to the waste rather than disposing of it.  Once in a while, EHS/RM sponsors an amnesty day where individuals can dispose of accumulated waste for free. 
 
On June xx and xx, 2009 EHS/RM in cooperation with UDRI offered researchers and laboratory managers a chance to drop off and dispose of their chemical waste including hazardous waste free of charge. 
 
During this two-day event, EHS/RM collected over 7,000 pounds of chemical waste. 
 
The previous amnesty day took place on xxxx.