In the excitement and high activity of the holiday season, we sometimes overlook the need to be vigilant and take care of our personal items. 

Allstate Insurance indicates that burglaries increase by 11 percent during the holidays and items stolen from vehicles increase by 17 percent. When we are out buying presents and materials for our holiday parties we sometimes forget that these items are visible; this may attract more attention than we want and can result in a break-in or theft from our home or our vehicles.

This is the time of year when more time and effort goes into celebration and revelry than any other season.  The festive spirit leads to decorations and parties in the office while everyone enjoys the holiday scene.  Employees need to be especially vigilant at this time of year because there is more potential for accidents and injuries due to the presence of alcohol and food at many of the holiday gatherings.  A few simple reminders can help employees avoid problems while maximizing their enjoyment of the holidays:

Driving - practice “safe” driving. 

Every business works hard to avoid injuries and serious accidents. Accidents not only harm employees, but also negatively impact the business. In addition to suffering lost time and income from a productive employee, a business might be subject to an OSHA inspection and possible fines if it is determined that they were not following proper safety practices and procedures. Even though OSHA visits place additional financial and time constraints on businesses, sometimes they are required, as in the case with a serious injury or fatality.

Jeff Janas

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