Looking after our Mental Health

As countries introduce measures to restrict movement as part of efforts to reduce the number of people infected with COVID-19, more and more of us are making huge changes to our daily routines.

The new realities of working from home, temporary unemployment, home-schooling of children, and lack of physical contact with other family members, friends and colleagues take time to get used to. Adapting to lifestyle changes such as these, and managing the fear of contracting the virus and worry about people close to us who are particularly vulnerable, are challenging for all of us. They can be particularly difficult for people with mental health conditions.

Fortunately, there are lots of things that we can do to look after our own mental health and to help others who may need some extra support and care.

Here are tips and advice that we hope you will find useful.

  • Keep informed. Listen to advice and recommendations from your national and local authorities. Follow trusted news channels, such as local and national TV and radio, and keep up-to-date with the latest news from @WHO on social media.
  • Have a routine. Keep up with daily routines as far as possible, or make new ones.
    • Get up and go to bed at similar times every day.
    • Keep up with personal hygiene.
    • Eat healthy meals at regular times.
    • Exercise regularly.
    • Allocate time for working and time for resting.
    • Make time for doing things you enjoy.
  • Minimize newsfeeds. Try to reduce how much you watch, read or listen to news that makes you feel anxious or distressed. Seek the latest information at specific times of the day, once or twice a day if needed.
  • Social contact is important. If your movements are restricted, keep in regular contact with people close to you by telephone and online channels.
  • Alcohol and drug use. Limit the amount of alcohol you drink or don’t drink alcohol at all. Don’t start drinking alcohol if you have not drank alcohol before. Avoid using alcohol and drugs as a way of dealing with fear, anxiety, boredom and social isolation.

There is no evidence of any protective effect of drinking alcohol for viral or other infections. In fact, the opposite is true as the harmful use of alcohol is associated with increased risk of infections and worse treatment outcomes.

And be aware that alcohol and drug use may prevent you from taking sufficient precautions to protect yourself again infection, such as compliance with hand hygiene.

  • Screen time. Be aware of how much time you spend in front of a screen every day. Make sure that you take regular breaks from on-screen activities.
  • Video games. While video games can be a way to relax, it can be tempting to spend much more time on them than usual when at home for long periods. Be sure to keep the right balance with off-line activities in your daily routine.
  • Social media. Use your social media accounts to promote positive and hopeful stories. Correct misinformation wherever you see it.
  • Help others. If you are able to, offer support to people in your community who may need it, such as helping them with food shopping.
  • Support health workers. Take opportunities online or through your community to thank your country’s health-care workers and all those working to respond to COVID-19. 

Don’t discriminate

  • Fear is a normal reaction in situations of uncertainty. But sometimes fear is expressed in ways which are hurtful to other people. Remember:
  • Be kind. Don’t discriminate against people because of your fears of the spread of COVID-19.
  • Don’t discriminate against people who you think may have coronavirus.
  • Don’t discriminate against health workers. Health workers deserve our respect and gratitude.
  • COVID-19 has affected people from many countries. Don’t attribute it to any specific group.

April Near Misses

A spotter was observing an excavator digging ditch along the ROW. The equipment operator noticed a fissure in the ditch wall, near where the spotter was standing at the top of the ditch.

The operator stopped digging, informed the spotter of the issue, and had the spotter move to a safer spot. Within approximately two minutes, the ditch sloughed-off in the spot that the spotter was standing.

Incomplete red barricade tape with no tag was being ignored.

The responsible party was stopped from working and reminded of proper uses of barrier systems.

The contractor was letting flume pipe roll off flatbed. More pipe then needed rolled off the truck endangering men on the truck and on the ground.

Nobody was injured but now the contractor uses equipment to unload flume pipe.

Observed an individual holding another individual up so that he could reach to tape an end cap on a piece of pipe. They must have noticed me coming and got down. By the time I got to them, one of them had decided to climb up on a pipe stand instead.

Work was stopped and I talked to them and reminded them importance of using the proper tools for the job. I had them use a step ladder to complete the job.

Contractor employees working in a bell hole excavation that had water coming up from underground. They had placed pumps to remove the water and the soil was sand, it presented some probable cave ins. Stopped work and ask everyone to come out of the excavation.

Contractor determined it needed proper shoring and installed pilings and Mats to shore the walls. Once the Competent person re-evaluated the excavation and deemed it safe the work resumed. The contractor was aware of the importance to continuously monitor all excavations where personnel is to enter and during all the time employees are inside the excavations.

Crew went to pick up a piece of fab with side boom, a bit of incline to the area, no spring keeper (safety latch) on hook.

Work was stopped and had them correct situation with addition of keeper.

I observed 2 X-Ray techs sitting in their vehicle outside of their barrier with a 100 curie source exposed. No High Radiation marker set out, no one monitoring the 2mr boundary and no one monitoring the source.

Stopped work, held a toolbox meeting with techs and coached them on local, state and federal regulations for radiation sources.

We are pleased to announce that we have partnered up with Boot Barn to offer all Applied Consultants inspectors a 15% discount on all purchases “work related” from the Boot Barn, Nation Wide. Be sure to tell them you work for Applied Consultants and use the key word: “Safety First” to receive the discount. 

API1169 Test Dates:

NOTICE:  Prometric has closed most testing sites until April 17th.  Due to these closures, API has extended this testing window until May 17th.  Please check their websites for further instructions.

August 14 - 28, 2020
Registration Deadline: July 12th, 2020

December 4 - 18, 2020
Registration Deadline: October 2nd, 2020

April Winners

Bronze - James Coward
Bronze - Julian Cloud
Bronze - Jesse Logan
Silver - David Spatholt
Gold - Kirk Miller
Platinum - Kris Haraldson


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