The UAB Department of Occupational Health & Safety's mission is to ensure that our customers have a safe workplace by providing them with the service and knowledge necessary to protect themselves, the UAB community, and the environment.
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Each year, an estimated 100 people die in the surf zone waters of the United States. A majority are due to rip currents.

As you are planning your Spring Break trip to the beautiful gulf coast beaches or an exotic location somewhere else in the world, take into consideration the potential dangers from rip currents. Know what to do to avoid them altogether and if you happen to get caught in one – know what to do to survive. Don’t be a statistic!

The National Weather Service has prepared an excellent guide for beach and sun hazards.

Get all of your preparedness information including a list of useful items to put in your “go bag” at
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Proper eye protection is essential to reducing eye injuries. It only takes a small particle, piece of dust or metal, or a chemical splash to permanently damage an eye.

Remember to wear proper safety glasses, goggles or face shields. Follow the guidelines your employer provides or that are provided with the tools or materials you're using.

National Safety Council: Protecting Your Eyes from Injury
Prevent Blindness America: Workplace Safety Quiz
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By now, you have your disaster kit built and you've developed your disaster plan and practiced it. You're ready for any disaster that may strike! Right? Wrong?

Part of any good plan should incorporate information flow. How will you get information to know what first responders are doing so you will know what you and your family will need to do yourself? How will you know what areas have particular hazards caused by the disaster?

Severe weather disasters can include downed power lines, frozen roads, and flooded streams as well as cause hazardous materials to be released in your area. Staying informed is the final key to survival. A kit or plan alone will not save you. Only when you have the final piece to the puzzle can you say that you are prepared.

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