25 Safety Tips to Celebrate Our 25th Anniversary

United Heartland is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and we are grateful to our valued customers and agent partners who have supported our success and helped us continue to make a difference in the industry.

In celebration of this milestone, we thought it would be fun to share 25 tips for keeping employees safe in our key business segments — one for each year we’ve been in business! We’ll do this each quarter so look for another list of 25 tips in June! Our pledge for the next 25 years is to continue providing our customers the high-touch, high-quality service they’ve come to expect.

Health Care/Long-term Care

  • Have extra batteries on hand for mechanical lifts.
  • Place used needles and sharps in appropriate sharps containers.
  • Remove trip hazards, such as cords, call lights and debris.
  • Use friction-reducing devices to make tasks such as transferring and repositioning residents easier.
  • Practice safe patient handling and movement in all of your interactions with patients.


  • Don’t reach into machinery – use proper lockout-tagout procedures.
  • Store heavy, bulky materials on mid-level shelves — preferably those near waist height. This eliminates the need to lift heavy objects over your head or from floor level.
  • Wear appropriate PPE to protect you from hazards, common ones include safety glasses, cut resistant gloves and proper footwear.
  • Immediately report all injuries and near misses to your supervisor.
  • Practice good housekeeping and keep designated walkways clear.

Social Services

  • Practice de-escalation techniques when dealing with agitated/combative persons.
  • If working out in the community by yourself,  be alert and observant of your surroundings.
  • Use proper slip-resistant footwear.
  • Report all injuries immediately to your supervisor.
  • Implement a return-to-work program to accommodate employees with work-related medical restrictions.


  • Develop and practice emergency response plans and procedures.
  • Do not reach into trash bags or cans, as you may get cut on lids or other sharp objects. Use trash pusher to push trash down in the cans or bags.
  • Never stand on tabletops, desktops or other furniture to reach high places.
  • Flat, soft-soled shoes that provide maximum traction on all types of walking surfaces and in all types of weather are highly recommended.
  • Develop a written safety and health policy supporting a safe and healthy environment in the schools.


  • Don’t text and drive, stay alive.
  • Practice good housekeeping; clean up spills immediately.
  • Set a good example of following safe work rules each day.
  • Report hazards or safety concerns to your supervisor.
  • Know how to safely evacuate your workplace in the event of an emergency.