Stand ready to respond

tomorrow starts today graphicBy Mark Leung, Division of Safety & Hygiene Intern

Tomorrow starts today.

These are the words my high school music teacher ingrained into my head. At the time, it was one of the most annoying phrases I heard every day as he used it to encourage practicing our music for upcoming events. Every time he mentioned it, I was one of the many to roll my eyes at him.  He stressed the need to put in the work today, so that we are ready for tomorrow. Little did I know that this phrase would carry on with me as a personal philosophy through college and into my professional career. Preparing to be prepared will put you ahead in all aspects of life. This is especially true when it comes to safety, and it is not something to roll your eyes over.

Preparing and planning today will make a significant difference if the unexpected happens tomorrow. Whether it is a medical emergency, a natural disaster, or even a slip and fall, knowing what to do can be the difference between life and death. Just knowing that something could happen is not enough. We also need to know what to do if it does. In order to accomplish this, assess potential risks and have emergency action plans in place. Emergency drills should be practiced at work, school and home.

It is a good idea to have a plan and to train in emergency response. This may include training in CPR/AED, first aid, and even workplace violence. Training ensures we have the skills and confidence needed to respond quickly in emergencies and not be deer in headlights. When it comes to medical emergencies, proper interventions can be provided if we know what to do. Hesitation may cost us seconds, but every second counts.

National Safety Month serves as a reminder to be mindful of these safety practices. These principles will benefit you, your family and or your coworkers when the unexpected arises. Every ounce of investment into preparation has the potential to save lives. Are you ready to respond? Remember, tomorrow starts today!

              nsm2016

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