Research Assistant: Safety Risks Inside and Outside the Lab

Large potholes along pedestrian crosswalks, slippery walkways, improper lighting, cluttered areas, and unlocked labs: there are several common hazards found throughout my school where I perform research as well as hundreds of other universities and workplaces throughout the country. Over the winter months, the hallway which leads into my research office transforms into a hazard […]

Mitigating the Impact of Distracted & Drunk Driving: How to Keep Young Drivers Safe

On the morning commute into downtown, amidst the sound of humming cars, people are busy going about their morning routine. Men stare into the small windows of their sun visors shaving their beards, others are finishing off their breakfasts, using their knees to control the steering wheel. Amidst this fervor of communication and technology, distracted […]

External and Internal Dangers at School: How to Keep Students and Staff Safe

Large potholes along pedestrian crosswalks, slippery walkways, improper lighting, cluttered areas, and unlocked labs: there are several common hazards found throughout my school as well as hundreds of other universities throughout the country. Over the winter months, one hallway in the College of Medicine West building transforms into a hazard zone, with dozens of students […]

The Advantages, Disadvantages, and Dangers of Cycling to Work: Weighing the Pros and Cons

As bustling pedestrians crowd already congested roads, the stresses of a morning commute are palpable. On early mornings, frustrated drivers inch along in bumper to bumper traffic. As a smiling biker zips past the cluster of cars, many people wonder whether the advantages of commuting by bike to work outweigh the disadvantages and potential dangerous. […]

Framing a Hit & Run: The Death of a Pedestrian

“Hey Petey, do you mind if I borrow your car? My friend asked me to help him move, and your pick up would work much better than my Fiat,” Hank asked as he poked his head into Pete’s living room. “Alright, but make sure you clean it up. That car means more to me than […]

Driving Advice for My Younger Self: The Hazards of Distracted Driving, Inclement Weather, and Driving Drunk

On the morning commute down I-55 into downtown Chicago, amidst the sound of humming cars, Chicagoans are busy going about their morning routine. Men stare into the small windows of their sun visors shaving their beards, others are finishing off their breakfasts, using their knees to control the steering wheel. Amidst this fervor of communication […]

Occupational, Environmental, and Secondhand Exposure: Avenues of Asbestos

When people hear the word asbestos, they immediately associate it with risks they have heard on TV and over the radio: mesothelioma, lung, ovarian,and laryngeal cancer, as well as life threatening inflammation. Although people are familiar with the risks associated with this silicate material, how people become exposed to this harmful substance is often less […]

Transparency, Safety Staffing, and Policy Changes: How to Make Nursing Homes Safer for Elders

A 2015 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that the prevalence of elder abuse is about 10%. Older citizens living in nursing homes too often experience physical, emotional, and even sexual abuse as well as nursing home neglect. Approximately 48 million people within the US are over the age of 65, […]

The Prioritization of Training and the Creation of a Safety Company Culture: How Small Business Owners can Keep Workers Safe

Small business owners are not only responsible for the success and trajectory of their business, but also for the workers who devote their time to make this pursuit possible. It is imperative that business owners implement a safe work environment so that employees can focus on their work instead of worrying about work conditions. Prioritizing […]

Increasing Transparency, Internal Safety Staffing, and Political Reform: How to Make Nursing Homes Safer

A 2015 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that the prevalence of elder abuse is about 10%. Older citizens living in nursing homes too often experience physical, emotional, and even sexual abuse as well as nursing home neglect. Approximately 48 million people within the US are over the age of 65, […]

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