June 14th, 2018 null Tag Our People

Get to Know the Take 5 Initiative | National Safety Month

by Amedisys

June is National Safety Month, which means it’s time to spread the word about ways to reduce the risk of injury. Raising awareness includes important safety issues like defensive driving, exposure prevention, slips, trips and falls, first aid and emergency preparedness and medication safety.

The new Take 5 concept is a simple one: Take 5 seconds to look at your surroundings and environment, and be aware of any potential hazards that you may face. Defensive driving is one significant area where Take 5 can effectively reduce your risk behind the wheel, if you take it one step at a time.

When applying the Take 5 concept to defensive driving, ask yourself these questions:

  • Am I following too closely to the vehicle in front of me?
  • Are there vehicles in my blind spots?
  • Do other drivers around me know my intentions?
  • If I were hit from behind, can I move out of the way in time to not strike the vehicle in front of me?
  • Is anything distracting me from the road? (i.e., cell phone usage, eating, fatigue, etc.)?

Depending on the specific situation, there may be other questions that need to be asked in addition to the above, and if new issues arise, the situation will need to be reassessed. Once you’ve answered these questions, begin to think of ways to mitigate or lower these risks. Here are a couple of examples using the questions above:

  • Am I following too closely to the vehicle in front of me?
    • If the vehicle stopped suddenly, do I have enough time to react and avoid hitting them?
  • Are there vehicles in my blind spots?
    • Can I slow down or speed up (within reason) to have the vehicle in my line of sight again?
  • Do other drivers around me know my intentions?
    • Am I using my signals?
  • If I were hit from behind, can I move out of the way in time to not strike the vehicle in front of me?
    • Do I have enough space cushion to stop and move out of the way?
  • Is anything distracting me from the road? (i.e., cell phone usage, eating, fatigue, etc.)?
    • Can I limit these distractions?

Take 5 will only take about five extra minutes out of your day but can save you much more if you take the time to follow the process. You don’t want to injure others or yourself and have to miss work for five days, five weeks or even five months. Look out for potential hazards, protect yourself and your patient, and ensure if the situation or behavior is unsafe, you stop and reassess.

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