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Day Light Savings Time – Last Minute Training Tips

- March 9, 2017 by Leslie Stoll, CSP ARM (View all posts by Leslie)

Daylight savings time begins this weekend for much of the country. At 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 12 clocks will jump ahead one hour.

What does that mean as an employer? In this blog, I will discuss two important safety concerns and what you should train your employees on to avoid accidents and injuries.

Safety Concern #1: Fatigue

Employees may be coming into work a little more tired and lethargic on Monday morning.  Employees working on Sunday might find themselves suffering even more as they run an increased risk of being late for work. Alert your supervisors to the time change and remind them to watch out for tired employees.  Remind your employees on Friday about the time change so they can plan ahead.

Safety Concern #2: Driving

Drivers may be driving into the rising and setting sun now. Sun blindness is a cause of many traffic accidents.  Last year in Chicago, a limo driver killed one and injured six others when he ran into a construction barrier due to sun blindness.  Older employees who have visions problems may be more affected by driving into the sun than younger employees.

To help you train you drivers for the time change, here are few items to consider:

  • If forced to drive into the sun, remind drivers to focus on the road ahead and not at the sun.
  • Drivers should predict when traffic will slow and prepare to stop.  Sudden sunlight coming in as you round a curve or when you come out from behind hills or tall buildings can be difficult for your eyes to adjust to.
  • The suns moves quickly, if they are driving toward the sun for a long time and have a few minutes to spare, a quick break from driving maybe all it takes to eliminate the blinding sun from their eyes .  Remind them to always take breaks in a safe spot, and not to pull off on the shoulder.
  • Drivers need to keep their windshield clean inside and out.  That first time they catch direct sun on their windshield can be a little alarming if it hasn’t been cleaned in a while due to the amount of dirt, oil, and other substances built up on the windshield.
  • Remind them to prepare for the glare with sunglasses and by adjusting their sun visor.

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