October Monthly Messaging

 

October Monthly Message - Come on. Put it on.

Personal protective equipment, or PPE, is essential for you to be safe in a laboratory. From the laboratory to the car to the bedroom, here are some key types of PPE you need to stay smart and happy.

Lab equipment

Proper PPE depends on the type of lab you are working in and what types of materials you are working with. Georgia Tech’s Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Department has information on safety procedures for all of the labs on campus. Find out more about the PPE you need for your lab here.

Helmet

In 2015, there were almost 467,000 bicycle-related injuries in the United States. Helmets are an effective way to reduce your risk of injury or even death. However, just wearing a helmet may not be enough. Watch this quick video from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on how to properly fit your helmet.

Seatbelt

Over 22,000 people in the United States died in motor vehicle accidents in 2015. In fact, more than half of teens and adults 20 to 44 years old who died in those crashes were not wearing seatbelts. You should wear a seatbelt every drive, no matter how short. So buckle up and put down that cell phone. It could save your life.

Flu Shot

The best way to prevent the flu and avoid missing work or class is to get your flu shot. Getting vaccinated also protects the people around you, including those who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness, like babies and young children, older people, and people with weakened immune systems. Be a hero this flu season and get the flu shot. Stamps Health Services offers flu shots for both employees and students this fall.

  • Students: FREE! October 3rd, 17th, 24th and November 14th and 28th from 9 am to 3pm in the health promotion classroom on the second floor of Stamps Health Services.
  • Faculty & Staff: $0 with most insurances, $25 for those whose coverage is through Kaiser Permanente or do not have insurance. Stop by the pharmacy in Stamps Health Services on Tuesdays from 8 am to 4 pm and Thursdays from 9 am to 4 pm – no appointment needed!
Condom

Condoms could be your PPE of choice if you choose to be sexually active. Health Initiatives’ Get Yourself Protected program empowers Georgia Tech students to make healthy decisions regarding protection. Find out more about GYP’s condom availability program and other sexual health resources here.