Sitting in the middle of this technological bonanza, it is easy to forget that simply because something is easy, does not mean it is right, or even safer. While drivers take the so-called “skill” of multitasking to the next level, they do fail to remember that their tricked-out vehicle could be deadly. To be sure, as with most tasks that become almost second nature, driving becomes an almost unconscious task. That being said, it does not mean that it is okay to do other things while driving. Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth.
As the statistics of car accidents shows, in addition to other research, even merely thinking about something other than the road distracts us from the road. As a matter of fact, when a driver removes their eyes from the road, they typically think the distance traveled is short, when in fact, it can be quite long. This effect is only increased when driving at higher speeds, such as on the interstate or freeway. Usually, this is enough distance to possibly hit someone or something that suddenly appears in front of the driver. When drivers look away from the road, they are assuming that there is nothing in front of them, thus gambling not only with their life, but the lives of others, as well.
According to the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety between four and eight thousand car crashes happen daily as the result of becoming distracted while driving. A survey conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Association revealed that 60% of all cell phone use occurs during driving. These are chilling statistics, and underscore the need to change driving habits in order to prevent the worst from happening.
Here are two steps to take to improve driving habits and head off potentially lethal events:
Exposure and overexposure to a solvent can occur in various situations. Preventing such exposures is key to protecting yourself from the damaging effects that certain chemicals can have on your body. Examples include:
Overexposure to solvents can cause a variety of ailments. Depending on the type of solvent you are exposed to, the body can react in different ways. Skin contact can result in minor skin rashes or an allergic reaction resulting in "chloracne." This happens when the solvent dissolves the skin's natural oils. Some workers can develop a sensitization to a particular product or chemical which causes their entire body to be overly sensitive to that substance. In this instance, even a slight exposure can result in adverse or serious reactions. Serious overexposures can lead to illnesses resulting in tissue or organ damage.
As with any chemical or product, important information is contained in the product's Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS). The MSDS provides information on safe use, handling, disposal and protection methods among other information.
Solvents serve a useful purpose in our everyday lives. If we take the time to learn more about them, we can be better prepared to use them correctly, protect ourselves, and still get our job done effectively. If you are unsure of the potential hazards of a solvent or other chemical that you are using, be sure to ask questions and/or review the MSDS. It is far better to be overly cautious, than to risk an adverse reaction.