The Hydration Equation

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How to drink
when it’s hot.

Do you know how much water you should drink each day? The common recommendation is eight glasses per day, but exactly how much water is that? An easier way to understand the volume of water you need to replace the amount you use each
day is to quickly calculate it based
on your body weight. On average, you will need approximately half your body weight in ounces each
day (see the chart below for more information). However, you will need more if you are out in the heat or exercising frequently, so drink up!

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Drink Smart

  • Dehydration can happen when you aren’t taking in as much liquid as you are using 
  • Hyponatremia can happen when you drink too much water after strenuous activities 

Aside from water, what are some other great ways to assureyou’re getting enough fluids
on a hot day? 

BY DRINKING: 

  • Fat-free or skim milk 
  • Smoothies 
  • Sports drinks 
  • Coconut water 
  • Coffee

By Eating: 

  • Watermelon 
  • Celery 
  • Cucumbers 
  • Strawberries 
  • Lettuce

Tweet us @GreatPlainsSHO and let us know how you like to stay hydrated?


Join us in Kearney, NE September 27th for more than two dozen learning opportunities with 12 of the most well-known industry speakers. 

The 16th Annual Safety & Wellness Conference Registration is open for our 2018 conference. Don't miss your chance to get the early bird discount. 

Let the Adventure Begin!


Want to work safer but not sure where to start? 

Become a member of the Great Plains Safety and Health Organization and receive a free new member audit and a plan for protecting your most valuable resource – your workforce. As a part of your membership you'll receive monthly safety posters, our weekly Safety Speaks print outs and timely safety updates via email to promote safety with your team. Other benefits include: discounts on safety activities (including this years' conference!)cost-effective, customized training and other important information.

Safety is an Adventure

Let this year's Safety & Wellness Conference speakers be your guide. 

Each year at the Safety & Wellness Conference, we deliver important news and essential information aimed at improving the wellbeing of your workforce, but that doesn't mean you have to endure one boring presentation after another. We seek out the most knowledgeable and entertaining speakers in the industry to package those messages into professional, entertaining and fun workshops and presentations. We are proud to announce this years' line up: 


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Richard Hawk
(click here to learn more)

A safety professional, entertaining speaker and the leading expert on making safety fun.

SESSION:
Find Your Focus; Great Leaders Make Safety Fun; The Future of Safety


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Meg Soper
(click here to learn more)

A motivational humorist focused on helping organizations manage change and create more positive work environments.

SESSIONS:
Bring it On – Strategies for Success; Humor is One Size Fits All; Wit, Fit and Balance – Strategies for a Positive Workplace


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Linda Edgecombe
(click here to learn more)

A funny, motivational keynote speaker, change resilience strategist, team engagement and accountability expert.

SESSIONS:
Breaking Busy – Finding Peace in the ChaosPushed to the Limit; Shift or Get off the Pot


Join us in Kearney, NE September 27th for more than two dozen learning opportunities with 12 of the most well-known industry speakers. 

The 16th Annual Safety & Wellness Conference Registration is open for our 2018 conference. Don't miss your chance to get the early bird discount. 

Let the Adventure Begin!


Want to work safer but not sure where to start? 

Become a member of the Great Plains Safety and Health Organization and receive a free new member audit and a plan for protecting your most valuable resource – your workforce. As a part of your membership you'll receive monthly safety posters, our weekly Safety Speaks print outs and timely safety updates via email to promote safety with your team. Other benefits include: discounts on safety activities (including this years' conference!) cost-effective, customized training and other important information.

What's Hot in June? Safety!

Don't daydream into danger. Stay focused with National Safety Month. 

National Safety Month is observed each year in June. With a focus on reducing injury and death at work, the event calls for organizations and individuals everywhere to spread the word about ways to identify and reduce risks. Throughout the month, many plan awareness activities and talk about how they can make their environments a safer place. In observance of National Safety Month and because June 21st is the summer solstice – the longest day of the year and first day of summer – we wanted to share a few ideas for staying safe as it heats up. Here are a few topics to think about and focus on over the next several weeks: 

What kinds of dangers and risks should I be aware of in hotter weather? 

  • Daydreaming 
  • Dehydration 
  • Drowsiness 
  • Heat exhaustion 
  • Heat stroke 
  • Sunburn 

What other types of summer hazards should I prepare for and prevent? 

  • Allergies and other allergic reactions 
  • Bug bites and stings 
  • Camp fire and fireworks responsibility 
  • Food poisoning 
  • Recreational vehicle and water craft accidents 
  • Storms and weather 

With the pre-excitement and post-exhaustion of summer vacations, it's important to keep your focus as you are working. Remember your mind-on-task safety and take frequent breaks to rest and clear your head.


Want to work safer but not sure where to start? 

Become a member of the Great Plains Safety and Health Organization and receive a free new member audit and a plan for protecting your most valuable resource – your workforce. As a part of your membership you'll receive monthly safety posters, our weekly Safety Speaks print outs and timely safety updates via email to promote safety with your team. Other benefits include: discounts on safety activities, cost-effective customized training and information about our annual conference.


Join us for the 16th annual Safety & Wellness Conference

Registration is open for our 2018 conference. Don't miss your chance to get the early bird discount.

Take a Break. It's a Safety Stand-Down.

Stop, Hook & Fasten.
Stand-Down for Fall Safety May 7-11 

May 7-11 marks the fifth annual OSHA Fall Safety Stand-Down. The following are a few suggestions you can use to prepare for a successful stand-down. 

PLAN YOUR EVENT: 

  • Organize your stand-down. Decide what you will do and when, then get your team involved. 
  • Ask your subcontractors, owner, architects, engineers and others to participate. 
  • Consider offering refreshments, snacks or other treats to add a little excitement. 

REVIEW YOUR POLICIES: 

  • Take a look at your fall prevention program. Does your team know where the biggest risks are? Talk about them. 
  • Have your crew name the types of falls that can happen: 
  • Falls from ladders
  • Falls from a roof
  • Falls from a scaffold
  • Falls down stairs
  • Falls from a structural steel
  • Falls through a floor or roof opening
  • Falls through a fragile roof surface 

TALK ABOUT IMPROVEMENTS:

  • Is your program meeting its goals? 
  • Are you experiencing fatalities, injuries or near misses?
  • Are your employees aware of your fall protection procedures? 

TRAIN YOUR TEAM: 

  • Decide what information will be best for your workplace and employees.
  • Inform them of your policies and goals. 
  • Discuss your biggest hazards and the protective measures that should be taken to keep everyone safe. 
  • Ensure your team is up-to-date on equipment operation and expectations. 
  • Hold hands-on exercises to familiarize your crew with common dangers.
  • Ask team members to share experiences and best practices. 

FOLLOW UP: 

  • Offer an easy way for your team to report dangerous situations and communicate suggestions for improvement. 
  • Consider making changes to anything that arises as a concern during your stand-down. 

GET CERTIFIED: 

Did you hold a safety stand-down? Don't miss your chance to provide feedback and download a certificate of participation. Click Here.


Want to work safer but not sure where to start? 

Become a member of the Great Plains Safety and Health Organization and receive a free new member audit and a plan for protecting your most valuable resource – your workforce. As a part of your membership you'll receive monthly safety posters, our weekly Safety Speaks print outs and timely safety updates via email to promote safety with your team. Other benefits include: discounts on safety activities, cost-effective customized training and information about our annual conference.


Join us for the 16th annual Safety & Wellness Conference

Registration is open for our 2018 conference. Don't miss your chance to get the early bird discount.

Workers’ Memorial Day

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Breathing Life into the Importance
of Safety on April 28

Each year on April 28 we observe Workers’ Memorial Day. But do you know its origin and true purpose? Here are five things you should know about why we stand in solidarity and remembrance of those lost due to unsafe work conditions and why we fight for continuous improvements in the health and safety of our workplaces.

  1. When the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 was signed into law by President Nixon, it became the responsibility of employers to ensure they provide a safe and healthful environment for their workers.
  2. To help promote and enforce workplace safety, the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) declared April 28, 1970 as the first annual Workers' Memorial Day.
  3. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which focuses on health and safety for America's workforce, was established by Congress one year later on April 28,1971.
  4. In addition to OSHA, which is part of the United States' Department of Labor, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission were formed.
  5. International Workers' Memorial Day is observed by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and is recognized as a national day in many countries.

Safety: By the Numbers

  • Since 1970 the U.S. workforce has doubled with more than 130 million workers at approximately 7.2 million work sites.
  • Yet, the standards, regulations and guidelines in place have dropped fatality and injury rates nearly 60 percent.
  • Approximately one person dies every 10 minutes from hazardous working conditions.
  • Nearly 3.7 million work injuries were reported in 2015, but it's suspected that up to 11.1 million actually occurred.
  • North Dakota and Wyoming saw the highest fatality rates in 2015, each with nearly double the deaths of next highest state.
  • Take Action. Speak Out. Join the Movement.

Events are held worldwide every year to honor individuals and families affected by preventable work-related accidents.

Visit osha.gov/workersmemorialday/ or actionnetwork.org/event_campaigns/workers-memorial-day-2018 to search for a Workers' Memorial Day gathering near you.


Want to work safer but not sure where to start?

Become a member of the Great Plains Safety and Health Organization and receive a free new member audit and a plan for protecting your most valuable resource – your workforce. As a part of your membership you'll receive monthly safety posters, our weekly Safety Speaks print outs and timely safety updates via email to promote safety with your team. Other benefits include: discounts on safety activities, cost-effective customized training and information about our annual conference.