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Vol. VI, Issue 1; March 2014

Tufts offices are almost always safe places to work but…you need to control the forces!
Gravity is not just the name of a major motion picture, it is a force that we fight and occasionally lose to!

Give your eyes a break too.
Sitting at your workstation, working on a computer for hours every day can result in issues with eyestrain. Over use, poor lighting, glare, and few breaks might cause vision problems, headaches and dry eyes.

The Filthy Office and Infections: Is your desk cleaner than your kitchen table or the office toilet?
For many faculty and staff at Tufts, the office is where they spend most of their time, hence it is important to understand the infectious diseases that can be transmitted there. A clean desktop and hands are your best defense to avoid infectious illnesses at the office.

Using Portable Space Heaters at Tufts University
During the cold weather, portable space heaters are frequently utilized to make workspaces more comfortable. In this issue, we review the Tufts University fire safety policies and practices for portable space heaters used in buildings and spaces within the Tufts community. Using the right type of heater along with good heater habits – will keep you warm and safe!

Where Does my Drinking Water Come From?
This article discusses the source of Tufts drinking water on each campus and the role that Tufts EHS has to ensure that the entire Tufts community has access to safe and healthy drinking water.

Clearing (and Cleaning) the Air: Indoor Air Quality at Tufts
We don’t notice high quality indoor air… and we shouldn’t! But when it isn’t…

Vol. VI, Issue 2; October 2014

If You Don’t Like the Weather… Slips, trips, and falls, and preparing for bad weather
It does not matter if you are new to the area or have lived in New England all of your life, you’re here now, and you have to understand that weather and especially winter weather, can be harsh and very unpredictable.

Do Deicers Have Environmental Impacts?
The use of deicers is necessary at Tufts during winter weather to melt snow and ice to make removal easier to ensure safe pedestrian and vehicle travel. Deicers include common road salt or chemicals that are designed for different surfaces, application techniques, temperatures or environmental considerations.

Extension and Power Strip Safety-No electrical shocks, burns or fires at Tufts!
Extension cord, power strip, power tap, multi tap or surge protector devices provide an important method of bringing temporary power to electrical devices that need to be used in areas not located near a wall outlet. UL approved and correctly sized extension cords are only allowable in the workplace as temporary wiring not to exceed 90 days. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that each year, about 4,000 injuries associated with electric extension cords are treated in hospital emergency rooms.

Dangerous Daughters: Hazard Evaluation and Control
Radon is an inert, radioactive gas that is produced from the uranium widely dispersed in soil in the US.  When inhaled, most of the gas will be exhaled without being retained in the body, resulting in very low radiation dose.

Can you avoid the flu?
Did you know that flu activity can start as early as October and occur through May?  Sure it peaks in January or February but that’s a long season.  Do you have a plan to stay healthy? Here are some suggestions to stay healthy this flu season.

Carrying Work Home- Painlessly!
Many of us carry mini-offices around with us… Carrying the load on your back, shoulder or hand- which is the best?


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