Free Demos, Screenings And Prizes At Safety Fair

Duke's annual event offers information on safety at work

Among the activities featured at Duke's Safety Fair are blood pressure screenings and other health information. Photo courtesy of Mike Snyder.
Among the activities featured at Duke's Safety Fair are blood pressure screenings and other health information. Photo courtesy of Mike Snyder.

Faculty and staff will have a variety of ways to brush up on safety knowledge June 21 during Duke's sixth annual Safety Fair.

Hosted by Duke's Facilities Management and the Occupational and Environmental Safety Office (OESO), the Safety Fair will feature 32 vendors showcasing products and information on how to create and maintain a safer work environment. The fair runs 8 a.m. to noon June 21 at the Washington Duke Inn. The event is open to all Duke employees and will feature products, information and demonstrations by groups like the American Red Cross, Duke Police and LIVE FOR LIFE, Duke's employee wellness program.

Mike Snyder, safety manager for Facilities Management, noted that June is National Safety Month, which makes the event timely.

"We want our employees to work safely on the job every day and be able to return home to their families each and every night," Snyder said. "In our day-to-day routines, it's important to instill a culture of safety in the workplace and Facilities has worked hard to that end. The intent of the Safety Fair is, among other things, to showcase the most current safety products that everyone across Duke can use."

This year's Safety Fair has a theme of emergency preparedness, which will be highlighted by the attendance of the Red Cross and Duke Police. Both groups will offer information on what to do in case of campus emergencies, like how to respond to severe weather. Emergency preparedness information can also be found online at the DukeALERT website.Other highlights include blood pressure checks and demonstrations on workplace stretching and ergonomics from LIVE FOR LIFE and OESO. Duke doctors will hold a CPR demonstration, highlighting a chest compression-only version of the emergency procedure known as "Citizen CPR." A CPR video will also be available to view along with other safety related clips.

This year's Safety Fair has a theme of emergency preparedness, which will be highlighted by the Red Cross and Duke Police. Both groups will offer information on what to do in case of campus emergencies, like how to respond to severe weather. Emergency preparedness information can also be found online at the 

Other highlights include blood pressure checks and demonstrations on workplace stretching and ergonomics from LIVE FOR LIFE and OESO. Duke doctors will hold a CPR demonstration, highlighting a chest compression-only version of the emergency procedure. A CPR video will also be available to view.

"Even if you work in an office environment, you still need to work safely," said Josln Campbell, a Staff Specialist in Facilities who helped organize the Safety Fair in past years. "The vendor products and demonstrations will have you thinking about safety and the tips they provide can be used for people in any type of environment, from the office to those working on the quad."

Visitors to the fair will also be able to check out the latest in safety equipment from vendors such as Grainger Industrial Supply, Dillon Supply Company, Fastenal Tools, and Windsor. Products will include safety glasses, flashlights, tools and more, Snyder said.

In addition to learning about safety from a variety of vendors, visitors will also be able to register for door prizes. Refreshments will also be served.

For more information about the fair, contact Mike Snyder at (919) 660-4231.