ChemSW Cares About Workplace Wellness this National Safety Month 2013

National Safety Month

There are real car lovers out there, you know who you are. These are the people who wash their car by hand, feed it premium gas, and take it for regular checkups, especially before a big trip. The car runs as perfectly as the day it came home because this person took steps to keep the car running smooth. Sometimes this even saves money down the road, because a quick checkup is cheaper than dealing with a massive breakdown.

If cars get this kind of care and attention, shouldn’t we? Cars come with manuals and recommendations, but luckily, so do we! There are so many websites that help with living a healthy lifestyle. Sources across the web are recommending some basic tips for workplace and employee wellness. This is National Safety Month according to the National Safety Council, and this week, we’re giving three cheers to employee wellness!

There are many little ways to make choices that add up to a healthy, thriving community. It’s a group effort to prevent the spread of germs, through frequent hand washing. If that’s not available, hand sanitizer will do in a pinch. It’s a priority whenever we touch contaminated surfaces, such as garbage, bathrooms, blowing our nose, and preparing food.


On phones, doorknobs and animals, there are lurking germs that we carry with us. So, we can make sure to wash our hands frequently and especially before eating. With proper hand washing, studies have shown a decrease in many incidences of disease and fewer sick days! That’s more work being done and a happier, healthier workforce, all with a little soap and water!



On a day-to-day basis, another other important factor is taking care of our bodies. We can all strive toward eating a balanced diet and staying active in some small and fun ways that are sustainable. And just like taking the car for a 60,000-mile checkup, we need to visit the doctor every once in a while too. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so they say.

While we’re talking intake, water is of the utmost importance. It is the fluid that makes up the majority of our body, helps our organs clear out toxins and germs, and keeps our brains going strong! For people working outdoors, stay hydrated out there in the heat this summer!

Some people are nervous to fly or worry about sharks, but the real danger is behind the wheel. Car accidents are a leading cause of injury and death, so in the spirit of safety month, please buckle up and keep an eye on the road. Many accidents are caused by distractions, and there is a huge movement currently to protect teenage drivers from distractions like cell phones, music, food and friends. This is probably a reminder we can all use!


Even if we’re going about our healthy lifestyles, there are some things we can’t control. Natural disasters and emergencies are unlikely, but still possible, so we need to be prepared. It’s pretty commonplace to have smoke detectors and fire extinguishers. Checking them can be tedious, but it’s required at work and still very important in the home.

We can also pack a go bag. Three go bags are actually the recommended course of action – one for home, one for the car, and one for work. We’ll take a look inside the best go bags later on when we cover emergency preparedness for National Safety Month. But in a nutshell, these are the critical supplies you would need if you had to leave everything else behind in an emergency.

At ChemSW, we believe that every month should be safety month, and we hope you stay healthy out there!

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