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NATIONAL WEAR RED DAY Friday, February 5, 2010

Friday, February 5, 2010, is National Wear Red Day® - a day when Americans nationwide will take women’s health to heart by wearing red to show their support for women’s heart disease awareness. The Red Dress®, the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness, was created by The Heart Truth® in 2002 to deliver an urgent wakeup call to American women.

Join The Heart Truth on National Wear Red Day to help spread the critical message that "Heart Disease Doesn't Care What You Wear—It's the #1 Killer of Women” in America! Everyone can participate in the national movement by wearing their favorite red dress, shirt, tie, or Red Dress Pin on Friday, February 5, 2010. For more information on how to get involved, visit the National Wear Red Day toolkit which provides useful information and resources that you can use to help celebrate National Wear Red Day with your family, workplace, and community.


“One in 4 women in the United States dies of heart disease, while 1 in 30 dies of breast cancer” stated the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), an organization within the National Institutes of Health (and part of the U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services). Research on women’s heart health is skyrocketing. Media reports about new ways to prevent and treat heart disease in women is released nearly every week.

To help provide relevant and timely information to women about how to reduce personal risk of heart- related problems, the NHLBI has made available the 20th anniversary edition of "The Healthy Heart Handbook for Women", along with other a variety of wonderful promotional and educational materials. Visit the Heart Truth online toolkit for brochures, pamphlets, educational videos, videos, personal pledge cards, proclamations, and other great materials.

ASSE Greater Boston Chapter www.asseboston.com


Texting doesn’t seem to be a fad. Cell phones with 1-2-3 type keypads seem to be nearly impossible to find - no matter which wireless carrier you use. From kids to grandparents, people of all ages are now texting as an important means of communication. Many businesses have begun to harness the power of texting, too. For example, scheduling and conveying important meeting information, delivery confirmation, advertising of new products and services, and quick client contacts are now communicated via text. We need not look far to see examples of the success of the texting revolution. In fact, an organized “Texting for Haiti” effort recently allowed cell phone users to donate millions to earthquake relief through the use of texting. Amazing! It seems unlikely that texting will stop any time soon. On the other hand, texting while performing work activities – particularly operating a vehicle - should be on the radar screen as a contemporary subject of discussion within our SH&E departments.

Texting while behind the wheel remains a significant concern on the roadways across the United States. To that end, ASSE recently revised its position statement on distracted driving, which addresses texting among the variety of distractions that can cause dangerous driving and encouraged its members to become involved in state efforts to limit distracted driving from their leadership positions as SH&E professionals concerned that the leading cause of workplace fatalities are roadway incidents. ASSE’s position statement can be found on ASSE's website. The full article below can be found at http://www.reuters.com/article.

Texting seems to only continue gaining momentum across the United States. You can make a difference in your company by working with others to develop sound business policies regarding use of cell phones and texting. To keep employees focused on “life critical tasks” – like driving, operating machinery and equipment, attending confined space entries, and many other activities – it is prudent to outline when texting is or is not permissible in your workplace.

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