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  • Bits Blog: Uber Pledges to Strengthen Background Checks for Drivers
    The popular ride-hailing start-up said it would add more tools and safety programs to improve the company’s screening of its drivers.
    By Mike Isaac.  International Herald Tribune.  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:06:43 GMT.
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  • Africa: Oxfam Reaction to 28 UN Special Rapporteurs Letter to World Bank President
    [Oxfam]Yesterday, 28 UN Special Rapporteurs, sent a letter to World Bank President Jim Kim on the first draft of the new social and environmental safeguards, raising their great concerns with the new draft.
    All Africa.  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:42:43 GMT.
  • National Safety Council calls on employers to ensure safety of temporary and contract workers
    ITASCA, Ill., Dec. 18, 2014 -- The National Safety Council is calling for host employers and staffing agencies to coordinate and share responsibility for assuring the health and safety of temporary and contract workers. ...
    PR Newswire.  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:45:00 EST.
  • Mercedes recalls 4,871 cars, SUVs in U.S. for possible oil leak
    Mercedes-Benz is recalling 4,871 sedans and SUVs in the United States because of a potential oil leak, according to documents filed with federal safety regulators.
    AutoNews.com.  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:57:19 EST.  Subscription required.
  • Swiss Pay The Price For Being A Safe Haven
    The Swiss National Bank set negative interest to stem inflows of capital by investors seeking a safe haven for the current turmoil around the Ukraine crisis, Russian rouble rout and the falling oil price. ...
    By Marcel Michelson.  Forbes.  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 08:57:00 GMT.
  • Ill teenagers not to be held in cells
    Teenagers experiencing mental health problems will no longer be detained in police cells as a "place of safety", Home Secretary Theresa May is to announce later.
    BBC News.  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 08:21:53 GMT.
  • These Jeans Will Keep Hackers Out of Your Pants
    Computer security firm Norton has partnered with clothing company Betaband on a pair of jeans that will keep your RFID-tagged credit cards and documents safe from wireless theft.
    Sylvie Barak.  Design News.  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 02:55:00 EST.
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The concept of safety can be broadly defined as the "control of hazards to achieve an acceptable level of risk". However, this definition doesn't quite encompass everything there is to say about the term, and the word "safety" can be used in many contexts. It can be used to describe the protection of people or possessions, and involves aspects of home life, public life, transportation, the workplace, and other areas within a society.

Home safety can refer to various things but is often used interchangeably with the word "security". However, home security usually refers to whether or not the home is resistant to break-ins and burglaries, while home safety can also refer to a number of issues like baby proofing, fire safety, radon, carbon monoxide, and toxic mold.

Issues of public safety include crimes and misdemeanors, as well as injuries and other emergency situations. Public safety officials seek to minimize and respond to criminal behavior quickly and also prevent and attend to injuries and emergencies. Examples of public safety officials include police and security officers, firefighters, and emergency medical technicians.

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There are several organizations that have been designated to set forth and regulate public codes and standards of safety in various aspects of society. Founded in 1913, the National Safety Council strives to save lives by preventing injuries and death at work, at home, in communities, and on the road. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) oversees many different industries in the United States and reviews and adopts volunteer recommended safety standards. Other regulatory agencies dealing with issues of safety in the United States include the Food and Drug Administration, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the Environmental Protection Agency. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is responsible for regulating safety in the workplace through programs to prevent illness and injury.

Safety is important for any society but is something that is not achieved automatically. A wide variety of organizations and government policies work together to this end and are necessary to set safety standards in many industries for a well-functioning society and better quality of life for all of us.

The following links include page titles and summaries for reference articles and captioned images about safety-related themes.

  • Baby Products
    There are so many baby products available to choose from that it can seem overwhelming. Find helpful information on cribs, car seats, high chairs, strollers, and toys, as well as important safety tips.
    http://babystores.us/products.htm
  • Bicycle Helmets
    Bicycle helmets are the most important cycling accessory for the bike rider. Find information about bicycle helmets as well as links to helmets for sale.
    http://bicycleaccessories.us/helmets.htm
  • Laboratory Fume Hoods
    Fume hoods, also known as chemical hoods, are important safety devices as they protect laboratory workers from inhaling hazardous vapors. Learn more about laboratory fume hoods.
    http://laboratory-furniture.com/hoods.htm
  • Air Traffic Controllers
    Air traffic controllers help ensure the travel safety of both commercial and private aircraft. Learn more about the role of air traffic controllers with this helpful article.
    http://airportcodes.us/air-traffic-controllers.htm
  • Deck Components
    Different deck components can help add safety and style to your deck. Learn about different deck components like railings, stairs, and skirting with this helpful guide.
    http://deck-ideas.com/components.htm
  • Community Security
    Burglary is committed about every ten seconds in the United States. Learn about how to make your home burglar deterrent with this helpful community safety guide.
    http://homesecuritysystems.us/deterrence.htm
  • Lawn Tractor Safety
    Many people use lawn tractors to make lawn maintenance easier and less time-consuming. Learn how to safely use a lawn tractor with these lawn tractor safety tips.
    http://lawntractors.us/safety.htm
  • Nailgun Worker (Photograph)
    A carpenter uses a pneumatic nail gun to put nails into plywood. The worker wears protective blue earmuffs and plastic eye protection while using electric tools, to ensure his safety during the construction process.
    http://air-tools.org/nailgun-worker.htm
  • Car Seat (Photograph)
    A booster seat provides additional safety for children who have outgrown traditional car seats but are not yet big enough to use a seat belt alone. This blue and gingham booster seat features a three-point harness belt system and comfortable padding.
    http://boosterseats.us/car-seat.htm
  • Segway Scooter (Photograph)
    A man in an orange safety vest uses a Segway scooter to cross the street and enter a brick pedestrian area. Segway scooters allow users to travel short distances in a way that is quick, economical, and good for the environment.
    http://electric-scooters.us/segway-rider.htm
  • Floor Lamp Clip Art (Illustration)
    Floor lamps do provide some safety concerns. The heavy tops are susceptible to toppling over, causing damage to the lamp and possibly its surroundings. Additionally, most torchiere lamps use halogen bulbs, which become extremely hot while in use.
    http://floorlamps.us/floor-lamp-art.htm
  • Hunter holding a GPS (Photograph)
    A hunter, wearing an orange hat and orange coat for safety, consults a handheld GPS. The hand holding the GPS is wearing a camouflage glove. The hunter will use the GPS to determine his location and find his way in and out of the woods.
    http://handheld-gps.us/hunter-gps.htm
  • Leaf Blowing (Photograph)
    A man with a safety vest clears leaves and other debris from a public sidewalk, using a leaf blower strapped to his back. Removing leaves from the sidewalk ensures safety for pedestrians, and also makes public areas more aesthetically appealing.
    http://leaf-blowers.com/leaf-blowing.htm
  • Red Motorcycle (Photograph)
    This motorcyclist rides a red sports bike, leaning into a sharp turn. In addition to a helmet and leather jacket, he is also wearing leather pants with knee sliders and armored gloves for improved safety.
    http://photo-album.us/motorcyclist.htm

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