Posted by Kahla Livelsberger in #YHSafetyTips, Aug 09, 2017
Cell phone safety is not something to take lightly. Especially when operating a company vehicle or when it comes to sharing important company information. There are many tips to ensure that you and your employees are safe while using a cellular device. Some of these tips may come off as common sense to some people while other we wouldn’t even think of doing.
CELL PHONE SAFETY TIPS TO FOLLOW
-Be careful what kind of information you share on your phone. After sending texts, you cannot take them back. You don’t want to accidently send something that was intended for someone else.
-Make sure you have an emergency list in your phone so if something were to happen to you, other know who they should call.
-Do not use your cell phone while crossing the road. Your phone is a great distraction and even though you may think you are paying attention, your mind is more focused on your conversation or what you are specifically doing on your phone. The same goes for driving. Many people think if they are using headphones while driving and talking on the phone then it is okay, when in fact it is still dangerous because you are not fully focused on the road
-Setup your device so that if it happens to be stolen you can erase all information off it. You don’t want a stranger to find your phone and have access to all your company information. With that being said, it is very important to have a passcode set on your phone in case you lose your phone, it gets stolen, or for the times where you leave your phone sit away from you for a bit.
-911 is always a free call. Even when you phone is locked.
-Make sure you keep your cell phone updated all the time. It is important because the software developers are constantly pushing out security updates.
-When it comes to companies, it is usually safe to post what is going on and events that are happening on social media. But when it comes to your personal page you must be careful. People can stalk your page and find out when you are attending events so they know where to find you. They can even use this information to figure out when nobody will be at your house.
-When using apps on your cell phone make sure you sign out after every use. It is very convenient these days where the app remembers your password or you can use your thumbprint. But you don’t want anyone to be able to have access to personal information easily.
-This may sound silly but when reading on a tablet or your cell phone for long amounts of time, you need to take breaks for your eyes. Moving or tilting your head while reading helps your eyes as well. Staring for too long causes strain on your eyes and neck and may cause some serious headaches.
-Stop slouching. Your head can weigh up to 12 pounds. Looking down at your phone all the time can hurt, and damage your neck.
-Clean and sanitize your phone frequently. You are constantly touching your phone as I am sure other are as well. Try to avoid taking your phone into the bathroom with you.
-It was mentioned earlier that talking on the phone, even while using headphones, is dangerous. However, if you must take a call while on the road, use your headphones or built-in Bluetooth. It is safer than holding a cell phone.
-Many states have made it a law to stay off your phone while driving. Make sure you are aware of these laws.
-Radiation coming off your phone is not safe. When not in use keep it away from you. Clipping it on your shirt or keeping it in your pocket keeps you exposed at all times. Also, when you do not have good signal, you should wait and try the call at a better time. When you have a weak signal the phone gives off more radiation. Cell phones cause more radiation in elevators, cars, trains or planes - anything that is metal. When using your phone for a meeting or presentation, download what you need at first, then switch your phone to airplane mode to avoid the radiation.
Using these safety tips could keep your workplace safe, including your personal information. It is very important to follow these suggestions for your own safety as well as at work.
If you haven’t read last week’s post on Ear Protection, check it out here.