Prioritize Health & Safety

June marks National Safety Month, a time to prioritize health & safety and bring awareness to potential hazards we face daily and to educate ourselves on how to prevent unnecessary injuries. At Welcome Health, we urge all of our patients to prioritize health and safety in all aspects of their lives – at home or in the workplace.

Home Safety

Clearly label all medications and store them out of reach of children.

  • Dispose of expired or unused medications safely, following local guidelines.
  • Keep a well-stocked first aid kit readily available.
  • Have a list of emergency contacts, including local poison control and your doctor, posted in a visible location.
  • Ensure all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home are functioning properly. These life-saving devices should be checked monthly and batteries replaced annually.
  • Make sure stairways and hallways are well-lit and free from clutter to minimize chances of falls.
  • Keep household cleaners, pesticides, and other chemicals in their original containers and out of reach of children and pets.
  • Use childproof locks on cabinets containing sharp objects or hazardous materials.
  • Ensure good ventilation when using cleaning products or painting to avoid inhaling harmful fumes.
  • Maintain a regular cleaning schedule to reduce allergens and germs.
  • Take steps to control pests and prevent infestations, which can cause health issues.
  • Practice safe food handling, such as washing hands before cooking and keeping raw and cooked foods separate.
  • Never leave cooking food unattended, and keep

    flammable objects away from the stove.

Workplace Safety

Keep your workspace clean and organized to prevent accidents like slips, trips, and falls.

  • Take frequent breaks during repetitive tasks to avoid strain injuries.
  • Use adjustable chairs and desks that support proper posture and good ergonomics.
  • Operate machinery and tools correctly, and always wear the required safety gear.
  • Learn and use proper lifting techniques to prevent back injuries.
  • Regularly clean and disinfect your workspace, especially high-touch surfaces.
  • Use hand sanitizers and wash your hands regularly.
  • Stay home if you are sick to prevent spreading illness.
  • Ensure proper ventilation in your workspace to maintain good indoor air quality.
  • Consider using air purifiers to reduce allergens and pollutants.
  • Follow the no-smoking policy within the workplace.
  • Store chemicals safely and ensure they are clearly labeled.
  • Keep Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) easily accessible for all hazardous substances you use.
  • Follow training guidelines for the safe handling and disposal of chemicals.
  • Maintain a healthy work-life balance by adhering to reasonable working hours and taking breaks.
  • Ensure first aid kits are easily accessible, emergency exits are clearly marked and unobstructed, and participate in regular fire and emergency drills.

Employers: Offering direct primary care (DPC) enhances workplace health by providing accessible and comprehensive healthcare services. Regular health checks and screenings promote early detection and management of health issues. By integrating DPC, employers can foster a culture of wellness, improve employee health and safety, increase productivity, and lower healthcare costs. Learn more about Welcome Health for businesseshttps://welcomehealth.net/for-businesses/

General Health-Minded Safety

Follow your prescription medications plan accurately to avoid any health complications. 

  • Prioritize mental health. Remember to take breaks if you’re feeling overwhelmed and seek help when necessary.
  • Vaccinate on time. Vaccination provides you with the immunity you need to fight off certain diseases.
  • Wash your hands frequently, especially before and after meals, and after using the washroom.
  • Maintain a balanced diet and stay hydrated throughout the day.

We at Welcome Health are committed to your well-being, and we encourage you to take all necessary steps to prioritize health & safety this month, and all year round. Stay safe and remember that your Welcome Health care team is just one Spruce message away if you have any questions or concerns.