Safety in numbers
We can not live without it we need it in the workplace at home almost everywhere the world is sometimes politically mad with it but its there to guard us from injury, pain and even death the word your looking for is safety and it can not be ignored for if it is we reap the repercussions. Safety comes with everything from the relaxing side of life to the damn right absurd. Sometimes people love the appeal and element of certain pursuits that break every safety rule in the book sports for instance like jet skiing, mountain climbing and parachuting and all are inherently dangerous but other less likely sports that are a culprit are hockey and rugby are not as dangerous as jumping from out of a plane but do carry a risk of injury. Even something as simple and mindful as arts and crafts can be a safety issue like for example cuts and maybe choking hazards or glue that bonds skin together. this hub is about different types of safety and also some of the less notable unknowns that some people take for granted.
I bet not many people knew this but even passive leisure activities yield a slight risk of safety like for instance watching the television is a health concern because even though we sit down in front of it watching a movie or playing computer games we are being blasted by x-rays and televisions even have shields inside them to try to minimize the risk but this does not stop all radiation from escaping. As parents we try our hardest to protect our kids from all kinds of dangers as children dont know any better but kids will still sit right up close to the television without even knowing what harm they may be putting themselves through. Its not just televisions a tiny amount of radiation comes from most electrical items including one of the worst mobile phones although there has not been way near enough years yet to tell the long term health risks of mobile pone exposure only time will tell though. There is also another major safety problem with televisions and that is not getting enough exercise yes we have all heard of the saying "couch potato" and the t.v is to blame for that nickname and its happening in epidemic proportions. For all you couch potatoes that are out there reading this hub just remember the last time you tried to run for a bus yes i though you might off.
We all do it we all love it and it is one of the most relaxing pastimes in the world so for anybody that has already guessed it yes its music and its one of the biggest reasons for hearing loss especially concert dwellers and more notably the headphone wearer which if i must say is also a major epidemic everywhere i go know a days i see people with headphones in and i can honestly admit i am guilty of the same thing. There have been many accidents where people have been driving or cycling where music has played a pivotal role in loss of distraction people seem to forget that hearing is one of our 5 senses that we rely on the most.
We all love them especially at summer time they bring family and friends together to socialize and you can have a cheeky beer or 2 yes you guessed it its in infamous barbecue. when purchasing a barbecue always look for a national seal of approval (NSOA). dangers come in many forms with barbecues and some of them you would never of thought of. food poisoning is one of the dangers from uncooked meat products this can lead to all sorts of nasty bugs including salmonella and botulism. Burns are one of the most obvious dangers at a barbecue remember always find a suitable place to have your barbecue and make sure there is no overhanging tree branches that can set on fire and always keep children away from the barbecue. Gas barbecues are a safe option to have if you want your food cooked proper but are also dangerous in the wrong hands as gas is one of the most flammable substances known to man and the slightest wrong and boom. Remember always have a fire extinguisher or bucket of water nearby. If you get a barbecue right and follow all the rules it can be a really enjoyable experience all around.
Fishing is a love and a hate sport for some people but it comes with its obvious dangers and not so obvious dangers the most common danger is yes you guessed it drowning. One of the least expected safety risk is position and composure sitting down in one space for long periods can make you prone to muscle strains or back injury and always take something warm with you to keep you warm as exposure is a killer and it does not take long for hypothermia to kick in especially if you get wet. Always avoid alcohol if unnecessary when fishing as this lowers the blood temperature you may also want to think about taking a friend with you just in case of emergency. Know the one pointer that i am going to say is not many people remember about overhead power lines that may be present or overhanging this poses a big risk of electrocution if your rod touches especially if its made from carbon fiber.
Even though playgrounds are safer for children than playing on the streets there are still plenty of hazards associated that we all dont think about. Some parks go for years unattended or maintained. Most play grounds know should have soft padded surfaces down try to avoid the old play grounds that have the old concrete style as this is unbelievably dangerous. Broken glass from youths hanging around or alcoholics dont think twice about smashing glass. Most play grounds have a sign with rules which give the name of the nearest hospital if anything was to happen and always look out for discarded syringes as this does happen and kids have been Accidentally pricked by dirty needles in parks. And one more thing to watch out for is dog muck which does carry diseases and can make children go blind. thankyou so much for reading and please feel free to make any comments goodbye until next time.
This is a list of risk phrases that you may come across when it comes to health and safety and on the right is a few images that you will see to do with health and safety.
R1 Explosive when dry
R2 Risk of explosion by shock, friction, fire or other sources of ignition
R3 Extreme risk of explosion by shock, friction, fire or other sources of ignition
R4 Forms very sensitive explosive metallic compounds
R5 Heating may cause an explosion
R6 Explosive with or without contact with air
R7 May cause fire
R8 Contact with combustible material may cause fire
R9 Explosive when mixed with combustible material
R11 Highly flammable
R12 Extremely flammable
R14 Reacts violently with water
R14/15 Reacts violently with water, liberating extremely flammable gases
R15 Contact with water liberates extremely flammable gases
These are just a few of many,many more but the list would be endless. For a complete list of coshh symbols go to this website: http://www.onsafelines.com/new-international-coshh-symbols.html
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