Severe Weather Preparedness
With thunderstorm/tornado season approaching, it is important to have an emergency plan prepared. Here are some simple questions to help you prepare:
1. Do you know where your shelter area is located?
2. Have you signed up for CUAlert?
3. Do you know the emergency procedures for different weather and emergency situations?
Being prepared is everyone's responsiblity and can help prevent chaos that may occur during an emergency situation.
As temperatures warm and we spend more time outside, here are some very important tips to remember related to sunburn prevention:
1. Apply sunscreen frequently and liberally. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using broad spectrum SPF 30 or higher. Don't forget to apply to ears, feet and other areas that may be very painful with burn. Whether it is cloudy or full sun apply generously, because UV rays can penetrate cloud cover so sunburns can occur. Additionally, you are most likely to burn between 10am and 4pm.
2. Sunglasses with UV protection prevent eye damage that may lead to cataracts. Check your manufacturer label to ensure your sunglasses protect against UV rays.
3. Cover up. Floppy hats and large umbrellas work well but so do beach cover-ups and the like. Long-sleeved cotton shirts are excellent for hiking, cycling etc; see your sports store for special brands that allow breathing as well as cover-up.
Sunburn ó the skin reddening caused by overexposure to the sunís harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation ó may seem like just a temporary irritation, but sunburns can cause long-lasting damage to the skin. Children are especially at risk: One blistering sunburn in childhood or adolescence more than doubles a person's chances of developing melanoma later in life.
Annual Laboratory Safety Training
As a reminder, it is once again time for the lab safety refresher training. This is for anyone who works in a lab and has already completed the initial training. It is essential that all lab personnel (faculty, staff, students, volunteers) complete this training by the end of the spring semester (May 2013). Please pass this along to anyone that works in your lab. The training, which takes approximately 15 minutes, is online (click here). As in the past, there is a quiz. New employees and students should take the training specific for them (click here).
Creighton Bicycle Safety
With increased bicycle traffic during nice weather, here are some Creighton Bicycle Safety Tips.
Got a Safety Suggestion?
Have an idea to improve safety on campus? Take a minute and fill out the "Safety Suggestions" form. You can be anonymous. It is the policy of Creighton University to provide a safe and healthy environment for all faculty, staff, students and visitors to campus.
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