1 1 RSafety TalksPublication 129 March 1999 Transmittal LetterA. Explanation. Publication 129, Safety Talks , is updated with the inclusion of newstatistical information and some new Safety Talks . Safety Talks are an important part ofyour Safety program. This Publication presents a wide variety of discussion topics,quizzes, and advice from the Office of Safety and Risk Management, various fieldoffices, the National Safety Council, and other sources that supervisors can use asbasic guidelines for presenting Safety Copy. Copies of Publication 129 may be ordered from the material distributioncenters using Form 7380, MDC Supply Requisition, or individual Safety Talks maybe reproduced Copy. Publication 129 can be accessed on the Postal Service IntraNet fromthe Policies and Procedures page at and from the HumanResources page at C.
2 Comments. Send recommended changes or ideas for new Safety Talks to: Safety AND RISK MANAGEMENTUS POSTAL SERVICE475 L ENFANT PLAZA SW RM 9801 WASHINGTON DC 20260-4240 Yvonne D. MaguireVice PresidentHuman ResourcesContentsSafety Talksiii3 Publication 129, March 1999 Contents1 Overview1-1.. Introduction1-3.. How to Give Safety Talks1-4.. What a Supervisor Can Do to Prevent Accidents1-7.. 2 Health and Weather-Related Safety2-1.. Substance Abuse2-3.. How Does Substance Abuse Affect You?2-5.. Alcoholism Problem Drinkers2-7.. Alcoholism2-9.. Sun Can Be Fun, But Dangerous to Some2-11.. Sunstroke It Can Be Serious!2-13.. Sunburn2-15.. Heatstroke and Heat Exhaustion2-17.. Keeping the Body s Temperature in Balance2-19.. Frostbite2-21.. Stress How to Cope With It2-23.. 3 Preventing Dog Bites3-1.. Are You an Unwary Visitor?3-3.. Dog Attacks and Dog Bites What to Do3-5.
3 Putting the Bite on Dog Problems3-7.. What You Should Know About Dogs3-9.. Does Your Dog Bite?3-11.. Some Tips on How to Handle the Dog Days of Summer3-13.. 4 Electrical Safety4-1.. Water and Electricity Don t Mix4-3.. Electricity Friend or Foe?4-7.. Grounds for Caution4-9.. Caution During Electrical Repairs4-11.. ContentsSafety Talksiv4 Publication 129, March 19995 Slips, Trips, and Falls5-1.. Falls Are No Laughing Matter5-3.. Slips, Trips, and Falls5-5.. Slips Are Dangerous5-7.. Office Haste5-9.. Stairway Safety5-11.. Use Handrails5-13.. Work Shoes5-15.. Winter Walking5-17.. 6 Fire Prevention6-1.. Fire Facts6-3.. Fire Safety6-5.. Caution Gasoline6-9.. Smoke Detectors and Home Fire Action Plans6-11.. When Using Heat Stoves, Don t Put Safety on the Back Burner6-13.. 7 Housekeeping and Office Safety7-1.. Check Your Housekeeping Knowledge7-3.
4 How s Your Eye-Q?7-5.. Keep It Clean For Safety s Sake7-7.. We Are All Maintenance Employees7-9.. Keep Offices Accident Free7-11.. Unsafe Offices7-13.. 8 Lifting and Handling8-1.. Do You Use Safe Lifting Techniques?8-3.. Do s and Don ts of Lifting8-5.. The Acheless Back8-7.. Team Lifting8-9.. Manual Handling of Materials8-11.. 9 Personal Protective Equipment9-1.. Defense Defense9-3.. Do You Take Your Eyes for Granted?9-5.. Safe Eyes9-7.. Hand Protection9-9.. ContentsSafety Talksv5 Publication 129, March 199910 Machinery, Tools, and Ladders10-1.. What You Don t Know About Machinery Can Hurt You10-3.. Motor and Engine Maintenance Safety10-5.. Watch Out for Nip and Pinch Points10-7.. Conveyor Safety10-9.. Lockout for Safety10-11.. Use the Lockout Procedure10-15.. Lock It Out10-17.. Hand Tools Friend or Foe?10-19.. Ladder Safety10-21.
5 Ladders10-23.. Portable Ladders Please Use Them Safely10-25.. 11 Motor Vehicle Safety11-1.. Be a Professional Driver11-3.. A Defense Against Common Vehicle Accidents11-5.. Do You Remember Your Words?11-7.. Stress and Motor Vehicle Accidents11-9.. Don t Be Fooled Safety Belts Save Lives11-11.. Wear Your Seat Belt11-13.. The Two-Car Crash11-15.. Don t Be a Tailgater11-17.. Look Twice Before Entering Intersections11-21.. Intersections Deserve a Second Look11-23.. Back Up Only As a Last Resort11-25.. Backing Safely11-27.. Rural Roads Require Extra Attention, Slower Speeds11-29.. Beware of Animal Crossings11-31.. Gear Up for Winter Driving11-33.. Winter Driving Techniques11-35.. Winter Driving Brings Special Problems11-37.. Winter Driving Use Extra Caution11-39.. Winter Driving Take It Slow11-41.. Understanding Antilock Brake Systems (ABS)11-43.
6 Starting, Stopping, and Other Challenges of Winter Driving11-45.. Driving in Fog11-47.. Driving in Rain11-49.. Disaster Driving11-51.. Caution Railroad Crossing11-53.. Do You Use Extra Caution at Railroad Crossings?11-55.. Motorcyclists Are People Too11-57.. ContentsSafety Talksvi6 Publication 129, March 1999 How to Spot a Drunk Driver11-59.. Don t Let a Drunk Driver Ruin Your Holidays11-61.. School s Open Defensive Driving Is No Accident11-63.. 12 Industrial Vehicle Safety12-1.. Are You Cautious With Powered Industrial Vehicles?12-3.. Watch Out for Indoor Traffic12-5.. Powered Industrial Trucks12-7.. Tips for Safe Industrial Truck Operations12-9.. Powered Industrial Trucks Versus Pedestrians12-11.. 13 Miscellaneous Safety13-1.. Setting a Good Example13-3.. Help Wanted13-5.. Inattention13-7.. Safety Is Teamwork13-9.. Let s Analyze Your Job13-11.
7 Pay Attention to Platform and Loading Dock Operations13-13.. Carbon Monoxide The Silent Killer13-15.. Let s Keep Them Safely Maintained13-17.. Summertime The Fun-and-Sun Season13-19.. Safety Customer Injuries13-21.. 14 Off-the-Job Safety14-1.. On Your Own Time14-3.. Keep in Shape, But Exercise Safely14-5.. Jogging14-7.. Are You Prepared for a Safe Vacation?14-9.. Thriller Or Killer?14-11.. Vacation Preparedness14-13.. Swimming Safety14-15.. Floods14-17.. Lightning14-19.. Tornados14-21.. Do You Throw Caution to the Wind During the Holiday Season?14-23.. Selecting a Safe Christmas Tree14-25.. ContentsSafety Talksvii7 Publication 129, March 199915 Crime Prevention Tips15-1.. Bombs in the Mail15-3.. Mail Order Will You Be a Victim?15-5.. Themes and Schemes of Mail Fraud15-7.. How Not to Get Conned15-9.. Avoiding Swindles15-11.
8 How to Crimeproof Your Home15-13.. Prevent Burglary at Your Home15-15.. Protect Your Post Office Against Burglary15-17.. Protect Yourself in Your Home15-19.. Preventing Auto Theft15-21.. Security While Traveling15-23.. Preventing Personal Assault15-25.. Attacks and Personal Safety15-27.. Protect Yourself Against Rape15-29.. Arson How Not to Get Burned15-31.. 16 Hazardous Materials Handling16-1.. What Are Hazardous Materials?16-3.. Material Safety Data Sheets Your Key to Chemical Safety16-5.. Reading Material Safety Data Sheets16-7.. Chemical Warning Labels16-9.. Working With Solvents Recognizing and Preventing Hazards16-11.. Emergencies Involving Solvents Quick Responses Save Lives16-13.. Handling Corrosives16-15.. Emergencies Involving Corrosives16-17.. 17 Safety and Health Quizzes17-1.. Motor Vehicles17-3.. Occupational Safety and Health17-5.
9 Family and Home17-7.. Sports and Recreation17-9.. 18 Local Safety and Health Program18-1.. 1-19 Publication 129, March 19991 OverviewOverviewSafety Talks1-311 Publication 129, March 1999 IntroductionPurpose of This GuideSafety Talks are an important part of your Safety awareness program. Thispublication presents a wide variety of discussion topics, quizzes, and advicefrom the Office of Safety and Workplace Assistance, various field offices, theNational Safety Council, and other sources that supervisors can use as basicguidelines for presenting Safety Role as a SupervisorAs a supervisor, you play a very important role in informing and training youremployees. A well planned and presented Safety talk can provide employeeswith the specific training, Safety information, and motivation they need toperform a job in a safe and professional manner.
10 This guide can assist you inpreparing and delivering informative Safety Talks to your to Use This GuideThe basic information contained in this guide is backup material for your usein preparing Safety Talks . You should add your own examples and illustrationsto ensure that the Talks are applicable to local conditions. The variety ofsubjects provide guidance on many topics. Safety quizzes located throughoutthis guide provide an ideal opportunity for employees to participate in thetalks. You can present the questions verbally to the group and then discussthe employees responses, along with the answers included in the Talks1-412 Publication 129, March 1999 How to Give Safety TalksPlanning Prevents Poor PerformanceThis modern management proverb should be foremost in every supervisor smind. The truth of the proverb is particularly apparent when you give yourweekly Safety talk.