Category Archives: Podcast

Winter Hazard Awareness Week – gear

What’s your favorite winter weather gear? Winter is coming and good gear can help you battle bad weather.

Make sure to check out the Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s website for more shareables this week!

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Daylight Savings and Vision

Check on your people, and check yourself as you may be driving to and from work in the dark this season. Stay safe out there!

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Interviewing for Safety Culture Fit

A quick tip for those in the job hunt – how do you find out about an organization’s safety culture before you start working there?

Working safely around the public

Today’s message is inspired by a quick conversation with a fellow parent.

Ergo tips for flex workers

You can listen to the audio version of this post here.

Happy National Flex Day! Since 2013, October 15th has been used to raise awareness and understanding of flexible working schedules for American workers. When I think of flexible work, I think of laptops, coffee shops, co-working spaces, and this viral video

I am a safety pro who works well in flexible working environments, however I have a confession to make. Yes, my undergraduate degree is in Exercise Science, and I LOVED the biomechanics coursework during my Master’s program in Environment Health & Safety, HOWEVER I have horrible ergonomics practices when it comes to my laptop.

My posture with my laptop (when not at my office desk) is abysmal and looks like all of the “before” or “don’t do this” photos shown in training and materials on the topic found widely online.

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(image from https://www.nomorepainergonomics.com.au/blogs/no-more-pain-ergonomics/33505924-6-simple-ways-to-correct-your-laptop-ergonomics)

Therefore, I can’t teach you this from experience, but I will learn alongside you. Let’s improve our laptop ergonomics! After a quick search for visuals and easy info, here’s what I’ve learned and will be improving right away:

  1. Raise the laptop screen, if you use the laptop on your lap or on a dining table or desk, the screen is too low causing your neck to be strained.
  2. Use a wireless keyboard and mouse. When you raise your laptop screen, the laptop’s keyboard goes with it! So, you’ll need some new gadgets…I’ll follow-up with what I find on Amazon or in the stock room at work.

Extra credit:

*Use a standing desk. Your external gadgets (keyboard & mouse) will need to be used too.

*Use an external monitor.

*Carry your laptop in a backpack!

Want to streamline your safety inspections? Check out the Safety Reports app, it’s what I use!

Distracted Driving safety meeting

August 1, 2019 marked the beginning of enforcement of the hands-free device law here in Minnesota – here’s some tips on compliance, no matter where you live.

Here’s more information for compliance from the Minnesota Safety Council.