Road Safety and Seat Belts

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Road Safety and Seat Belts

road-safety-seat-belts-2Do you know? – that it was on 27th April 1989 – Mandatory seat belt law was made effective in Italy. Seat belts were invented by English Engineer George Cayley.

Personally, I love to promote #Safety initiatives and in particular #RoadSafety. Here are some examples:

Always Wear Seat Belt

Safety First – Wear your seat belts

HSE – Use of Seat Belts for children sitting at rear

Salama – HSE initiatives – on Seat Belts for children

HSE Poster – Wear Seat Belts 


Total’s Golden Rule # On Traffic says, We must Wear Seat Belts when we are in a moving car. Rule No. 2 of Total’s 12 Golden Rules emphasize focus on Road Safety.

If you wish to introduce your children to Total’s 12 Golden Rules and to know more (click here)

This is the best time and opportunity.

By the way, TOTAL, is Committed To Road Safety and is actively committed to road safety and works in partnership with leading stakeholders. In particular, Total is:

  • An active member of the Global Road Safety Partnership.
  • A founding member of the U.N. Road Safety Trust Fund.
  • A member of the FIA High Level Panel for Road Safety, which brings together decision-makers from across the business world, international institutions and NGOs, and includes members of the FIA (International Automobile Federation) network.
  • A partner of the French Ministry of the Interior as part of the “safer roads” campaign.
  • A member of the International Road Federation.

Total has also come out with three interesting Road Safety Videos as part of it’s Safe Driver Campaigns.




Covid 2019 – How to keep your car healthy during lockdown?

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It is never easy for a social and public person like me to stay indoors. But it has been a great experience. One thing is more care for the family and also for our personal belongings. That thought brought me to go out, of course keeping in mind hashtagsocialdistancing and see how my cars are doing?

My car is always parked outside. And there was rain one day and another day sand storm and followed by foggy morning on another day!. The weather here is unpredictable!. It was not a good sight and sound (when I started the engine after several days).

I did a thorough personal check and cleaning and back home checked online the precautions to be taken during such a long lock down to our cars.

Presenting to you my findings in the form of a presentation. Share it, if you feel it is of value to your contacts.

Personal request to all is to show signs here that you are all there. Wave and show your presence. It is only physical lock down and there is no dearth for creativity.

staysafe and stayathome bettertogether and standtogether here!

News update: UAE leads global COVID-19 testing to prevent further spread

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ABU DHABI, 17th March 2020 (WAM) – The UAE Government has ramped up coronavirus testing following the pandemic’s spread.

As of Tuesday, the 17th of March, 127,000 individuals had been tested for coronavirus in the UAE, according to the Ministry of Health and Prevention.

Theses figures, relayed to the Emirates News Agency, indicate the country’s concerted efforts to prevent the further spread of the virus, which has caused 187,000 confirmed cases worldwide.


Read more at: WAM 

News update: Editorial: People at forefront of battle against coronavirus

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ABU DHABI, 13th March 2020 (WAM) – Follow health and hygiene protocols laid down by WHO and governments, the English language daily ‘Gulf News’ urged in an editorial today.

With Covid-19 being declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation, there’s understandably a lot of anxiety, panic and paranoia around the world over the rapidly spreading virus.

While it’s safe to fly out if you absolutely need to, this will help minimise the risks of spreading infections, especially among the more vulnerable section of the population.

Similarly, panic-buying of hand sanitisers, spray disinfectants and wet wipes is irresponsible let’s remember that for any of us to remain safe and infection-free, it’s equally important for our friends and neighbours to be infection-free too! And the best way to do that is to follow the health and hygiene protocols laid down by WHO and governments and remain vigilant at all times. Since the symptoms for coronavirus are very similar to the common flu, it’s essential that we don’t ignore any cough and cold conditions and take adequate precautions while commuting or interacting with others.

With such simple but critical steps and avoiding unwarranted risks, we will win the battle against coronavirus.

Source: WAM

News update: Coronavirus website launched in Abu Dhabi

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ABU DHABI, 12th March, 2020 (WAM) — An official website to keep the public informed about the coronavirus outbreak has been launched by the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi, and the Abu Dhabi Public Health Centre.

Developed by the UAE-based artificial intelligence services firm, Saal.ai, the website, addressed as ‘ https://doh.gov.ae/en/covid-19′, includes interactive features, updates from official sources, and answers in English and Arabic to related queries on the novel virus through an AI chatbot.

Source: WAM

News update: Coronavirus or COVID-19 explained: Everything you should know

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We explain the outbreak, symptoms, precautions and other details

An interesting and detailed graphical presentation from Gulf News.


News update: Coronavirus: No health events, activities for three months, says Abu Dhabi

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The Department of Health, Abu Dhabi, has urged all healthcare facilities to cancel all health events and activities, planned or otherwise, for the months of March, April and May, in a bid to control the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus.

According to a circular issued by the department to all healthcare facilities, which Khaleej Times has read, the decision was made as part of its efforts to put public benefit as a top priority and to ensure adequate measures against the spread of the epidemic.

The circular also said the decision was made following the increasing number of detected cases in different countries all over the world and in the Middle East.

Presently, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has increased the assessment of the risk spread and risk impact of Covid-19 to very high in the global level.

Source: Khaleej Times

News update: UAE Ministry of Health calls on citizens and residents to avoid travelling abroad

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Preventive measures will be taken upon return to the country.

Dubai: The Ministry of Health and Community Protection has called on citizens and residents to avoid travelling due to the current situation of the coronavirus outbreak and its spread in several countries.

The Ministry of Health in its statement revealed that if travel is a must, preventive measures will be taken upon their return to the country.

Decision will be taken by responsible officials according to assesments done upon return of the passengers.

Read more at: Gulf News

News update: Covid-19: DHA answers five common questions

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Dr. Hend Al Awadhi, Head of health promotion and education section at DHA answers five common questions that UAE residents have on the Covid-19. From self-isolation to verification of rumours, here’s all you need to know about the virus outbreak in the country.

Read more and listen to her at: Khaleej Times

ഇരിങ്ങാലക്കുട റെയിൽവേ സ്റ്റേഷൻ പരിസരം ഒരു വലിയ ആരോഗ്യ വിപത്തിൽ!

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Migratory birds at Irinjalakuda Railway station. It’s impossible for passengers to walk around without getting a shower of ….. from them. Parking of vehicles – out of question.

ദേശാടന പക്ഷികളുടെ സാന്നിധ്യകൂടുതൽ കാരണം ഇരിങ്ങാലക്കുട റെയിൽവേ സ്റ്റേഷനും പരിസരവും ആരോഗ്യത്തിനു ഹാനികരമായ അവസ്ഥ സൃഷ്ടിക്കുന്നു. അനേകം പക്ഷികൾ തമ്പടിച്ചിരിക്കുന്നതു സ്റ്റേഷനോട് ചേർന്ന് ഉള്ള വന്മരങ്ങളിലാണ്. അവയുടെ വിസർജ്യം വന്നു വീഴുന്നത് റെയിൽ യാത്രക്കായി വരുന്നവരുടെ വാഹനങ്ങളിലോ അവരുടെ ശരീരത്തിലോ ഒക്കെ. കൂടാതെ ഈ വിസർജ്യം അവിടെ കിടന്നു, മഴവെള്ളത്തിലൂടെ ഒലിച്ചു സമീപ പ്രദേശങ്ങളിലേക്കും എത്തി പെടുന്നു. സഹിക്കാൻ പറ്റാത്ത മണത്തോടെ യാത്രക്കാർ മൂക്ക് പൊത്തി പിടിച്ചു നിൽക്കുന്നത് സ്ഥിരം കാഴ്ച. ശ്വാസകോശ സംബന്ധമായ അസുഖമുള്ളവർ ഈയിടെയായി ഈ സ്റ്റേഷനിൽ നിന്ന് യാത്ര ഒഴിവാക്കുന്നു എന്നാണ് അറിയാൻ കഴിഞ്ഞത്.

സ്റ്റേഷൻ അധികൃതരുമായി കുറച്ചു നേരം സംസാരിച്ചതിൽ നിന്ന് മനസ്സിലാക്കിയത്, ഇതിനകം തന്നെ പല ഓട്ടോ ടാക്സി തൊഴിലാളികളും, സ്റ്റേഷൻ ജീവനക്കാർക്കും ശ്വാസകോശ രോഗങ്ങൾ വന്നു കഴിഞ്ഞു എന്നാണ്.

രാത്രിയിലെ വെളിച്ചവും, എല്ലാ സമയത്തും ഉള്ള യാത്രക്കാരുടെ സാമീപ്യവും ഈ പക്ഷികളെ ഇവിടേക്ക് ആകർഷിക്കുന്നു. ഓരോ പക്ഷിയും ദിവസ്സേന ഏകദേശം 3.5 കിലോയോളം മൽസ്യത്തെയോ മറ്റു ചെറു ജന്തുക്കളെയോ ഭക്ഷിക്കുന്നു എന്നാണു കണക്കാക്കപ്പെടുന്നത്. ഇത് വൻ രീതിയിൽ ഈ പ്രദേശത്തെ ജന്തു ജല ജീവി സന്തുലിതക്കു ദോഷം വരുത്തുന്നു എന്ന വസ്തുതയും നമ്മൾ മുന്നിൽ കാണേണ്ടതുണ്ട്.

വല്ല വിധേനയും ഇവയെ ഇവിടെ നിന്ന് തുരത്തിയില്ലെങ്കിൽ ഇനിയും നിരവധി യാത്രക്കാരും അവരുടെ വാഹനങ്ങളും സ്റ്റേഷൻ തൊഴിലാളികളും ഈ ദുരവസ്ഥ അനുഭവിക്കേണ്ടി വരും.

സമീപ പ്രദേശത്തെ എഞ്ചിനീയറിംഗ് കോളേജ് / ടെക്നിക്കൽ കോളേജ് വിദ്യാർത്ഥികൾ ഇത് ഒരു പ്രൊജക്റ്റ് ആയി എടുത്തു, റെയിൽവേ അധികൃതരുമായി ഒത്തു ചേർന്ന് ഏതെങ്കിലും തരത്തിലുള്ള ഹൈ ഫ്രീക്യുൻസി തരംഗങ്ങൾ ഉപയോഗിച്ച് ഇവയെ ഓടിക്കാൻ ഒരു ശ്രമം നടത്തിയാൽ, ആ മരങ്ങൾ മുറിക്കാതെ ഈ ആരോഗ്യ പ്രശ്നത്തിന് ഒരു പരിഹാരം ആവും.

— at Irinjalakuda railway station.