Safe & Sound

What to do when an Injury or Illness happens on campus

Report all incidents immediately. There are three incident reports used by the university:

  • Report injuries and illnesses on the job with the First Report of Injury or E-1 form.
  • Workplace injuries warrant investigation. Do not disturb the incident site until the incident itself has been investigated. In some situations, tools, equipment, materials or other evidence that might pertain to the cause of such accident may not be removed or destroyed until authorized by the Labor Commission or one of its Compliance Officers. When in doubt contact OEHS 1-6590.
  • Report property damage and injuries or illnesses involving students or campus visitors using Campus Incident/Accident Report form.
  • Report near misses, chemical and biological spills and releases using OEHS incident report.

 

Safe & Sound

SLIPS, TRIPS AND FALLS

Slips, trips and falls can happen anywhere inside or outdoors regardless of the job you work in. Some of the issues that can lead to employees, students and visitors being exposed to these issues included:
·         Distracted walking (listening, playing or talking on devices)
·         Uneven floors
·         Poor housekeeping (spills and slippery floors)
·         Weather (wet/icy conditions)
·         Clutter of loose cords
·         Unsecured rugs and mats

These can lead to serious injuries and even death. Eliminate hazards such as these before someone gets hurt. Awareness, good housekeeping practices, shoe wear selection and a positive safety culture at work help keep everyone safe.

 

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MEAL FREQUENCY

You may have heard that some diets recommend eating several small meals throughout the day instead of three larger meals. Some diets boast significant health benefits with eating smaller meals throughout the day. The International Society of Sports Nutrition published their position stand on meal frequency in 2011. Here are the findings:
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  1. Body composition

Increased meal frequency does not play a significant role in decreasing body weight or improving body composition.  Studies of overweight and normal weight individuals found that calories consumed in one meal versus three or five meals did not make a difference in body composition.  At the end of the day, weight loss or weight gain depends entirely on caloric balance.

  1. Blood markers of health

Blood pressure, total and LDL cholesterol, and fasting glucose levels significantly decrease with increased meal consumption.  Additionally, serum insulin levels are decreased, which may decrease body fat deposition.

  1. Metabolism

Even though there is an increase in thermogenesis and fat utilization with the consumption of smaller, more frequent meals, increasing meal frequency does not statistically elevate resting metabolic rate.  However, additional calories are burned in the actual consumption and digestion of additional meals.

  1. Hunger or satiety

Increased meal frequency does decrease feelings of hunger and, consequently, may result in decreased calories consumed in subsequent meals.

  1. Protein metabolism

Protein content of meals is more important in preserving muscle mass than the number of meals consumed in a day.  Research suggests that skeletal muscle mass preservation is optimized at 20-30 grams of high quality protein or 10-15 grams of essential amino acids, per meal.  It is also important to spread protein consumption evenly throughout the day.

 

La Bounty, et al. (2011) International Society of Sports Nutrition position stand: meal frequency. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, 8:4.

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