Unit 18: Vocabulary

Please study the 20 vocabulary terms below. Then press the Mark Complete button to continue.
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accident
an unforeseen happening that causes harm to people or objects
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When Brian slipped on the wet floor and sprained his ankle, it was considered a workplace accident and his medical bills were covered by insurance.
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alarm
a feeling, sound, or device warning of danger
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Everyone had to evacuate the building when the smoke detector suddenly sounded the alarm, but luckily Joe had just burnt popcorn in the office microwave, so nobody was hurt.
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ambulance
a special vehicle designed and equipped to quickly take injured and sick people to the hospital while already providing some medical care
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The first step you should always take when you witness a serious accident is to call an ambulance, then to provide first aid.
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contagious
able to be transferred from one person or animal to another, often through close contact
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When the Coronavirus first started spreading, many offices had to shut, as it was contagious and spread easily.
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contaminated
tainted, unclean or impure; having acquired a harmful substance such as bacteria or parasites
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The dish Arnold brought to the office potluck dinner turned out to be contaminated and gave everyone food poisoning.
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drill
a training exercise to prepare people for certain situations
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During the fire drill the alarms rang, and everybody had to follow the company's safety protocol and act as if there were a real fire.
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emergency
a sudden and possibly dangerous situation which requires immediate action
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It is important for every organization to have an emergency plan in place, including the provision and marking of emergency exits, instructing employees what to do in case of emergency, and more.
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equipment
resources and gadgets used for a particular purpose
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Certain tasks require protective equipment such as helmets, safety glasses, gloves, etc. in order to minimize risk for workers.
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evacuate
to leave or remove somebody from a place of danger at once
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The building had to be evacuated because of a bomb scare.
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feel off
to not feel normal, feel bad or weird
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She simply said she felt off, as she wasn't quite able to describe the mixed sensations of nausea, vertigo, and weakness that she was experiencing, and she did not want to worry her co-workers.
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first aid
the process of giving initial basic medical treatment
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As part of the onboarding process, it is company policy that all employees must attend a first aid training workshop.
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insurance
a legal agreement where a third party company provides financial compensation in the event of a previously specified case, like loss, damage, or injury
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Most workplaces provide insurance for employees in case of injury or illness.
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mindful
to be deliberately aware of and factor in
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Always be mindful and pay attention to your environment so as to not miss any signs of danger.
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prevention
the act of taking measures to keep something from happening
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Inside or outside the workplace, the same rule applies: Prevention is better and easier than cure, so always practice caution and don't take unnecessary risks.
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protect
to keep a person or item safe
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Every company must have policies in place to protect their employees' physical and mental health, and be prepared for different hazardous scenarios.
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regulations
a set of rules and instructions imposed by an authority and often enforced through penalties
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Pay attention to your employer's health and safety regulations, such as hygiene regulations and safety practices.
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risk
exposure to potential danger or harm
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The company has a small department that deals exclusively with risk assessment and risk management, in order to be prepared for any situation.
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sanitize
to make germ free and hygienic, to disinfect
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The cleaning staff are instructed to sanitize all office surfaces at the end of each day.
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standard
a certain level or criteria that serves as a point of reference
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All company equipment must fit a certain standard to be allowed to be in use.
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up to scratch
satisfactory, meeting a standard
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Company equipment is inspected regularly to make sure that everything is up to scratch and does not pose a risk to employees who handle it.
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