Where Do You Find Typical Cultural Difference?

Have you read a textbook for driving? I have not until I was forced to do so by traffic violation ticket agent, taking driving test again in Tokyo. It was back in 1978. In 1985, my employer that time transferred me to New York. I needed to take driving test in New Jersey Department of Motor Vehicle in April that year. Since there were enough materials for the test such as Japanese reference books, past record of test questions and answers, I did not have to read the driving textbook of New Jersey State. There was nothing I could do one weekend, I decided to read through the driving textbook one time for making sure I could pass the writing test.

As reading, I found there are some differences in the way the driving textbook was written between New Jersey State one and Japanese one. Putting language matters aside, I found New Jersey one spent more than 3 pages explaining how accidents happen and how you can cope with them. For example, New Jersey textbook was explaining when your car gets out of control in high speed driving, you should not collide cars going to opposite direction. You should avoid head on head collision by all means. It continued that you should collide something stopping still, instead. It further suggested that you should select to collide some other cars going toward same direction as yours, if you could.

In my experience in Japan, reading driving textbook and attending traffic schools, no Japanese textbook explained how to cope with accidents, no instructor in the traffic school I attended explained about it. This caused me to think about why there are this kind of differences of approach in driving textbooks.

It is my opinion based on several conversations with my Japanese and American friends that basic understanding about traffic accidents are different between US and Japan. US or Western Culture believes that accidents will occur, no matter how drivers were cautious, conservative, and safety conscious. An accident could happen due to mechanical failure. Also it could be caused by another driver driving close to you at the time of accident. Therefore, it is logically reasonable that a driving textbook has full explanation on them as much as helpful.

On the other hand, Japanese approach to car accidents is a little bit different. They believe that car accidents are bad things that should not occur. Or car accidents are the things drivers should avoid by all means. They would admit that accidents do happen. But they believe that preventive maintenance is more important than explaining how to deal with accidents. So their driving textbook is talking about how to check their car before long distance driving, make sure that you do not drive into harsh weather, sleep well in previous nights, wear comfortable clothes and shoes, etc, etc…

For relatively long time, I was thinking that New Jersey driving textbook approach is better than Japanese one. Accidents happen. It is good to learn how to cope with accidents. But, quite recently, I started to think that Japanese approach might not be so bad. They are trying to teach us that we should determine not to cause an accident or should be well prepared so that we should not have any anxiety for an accident, so that we would be able to drive with full confidence.

I do not intend to give you my judgment to decide which is better. It may be the best if we can do both. We can be preventive maintenance conscious, at the same time conscious about coping with an accident. There are some small things that tell us cultural background and difference.

The Prevention of Slips, Trips, Falls and Other Accidents

We’ve all done it at some time or another; slipped on some wet flooring or stubbed a toe. Most of these accidents aren’t important and we think nothing of them, but in health and safety terms, slips, trips and falls are deadly serious. They caused over 40 fatalities in 2010-11, and are responsible for over half the major workplace accidents in the UK.

Slip and trip prevention
Preventing slips and trips is easier than you might think. In essence, you need to remove things that people can slip or trip on, or if this isn’t possible, make sure they are clearly visible. This means ensuring cables don’t cross walkways, signposting wet floors and marking steps with paint or tape. It’s also important to check surfaces are in good repair. Paving that is uneven or cracked can be particularly dangerous. Other hazards to look out for include:

• Highly polished floors
• Ice and snow
• Loose carpets
• Chair legs and open drawers
If you see this sort of hazard, it may be possible to sort it out yourself, but if not you should make it as safe as possible and get whoever is in charge of health and safety to fix it.

Fall prevention
While slips and trips are frightening, it is falling that causes injury. Falls are more likely and serious as you grow older, and those from higher up can be extremely dangerous. In some cases preventing falls is as simple as not working at height. If the same job (or part of it) can be done on the ground, this is much safer. However, this may not be possible. If it is necessary to work high off the ground, on a roof for example, using properly maintained ladders or platforms, harnesses, ropes and other safety equipment makes a big difference.

A lot of falls happen in everyday situations, with stairs a major hazard. Poor lighting, loose (or no) handrails and clutter left on the steps can all cause serious accidents.

For employers, the prevention of slips, trips and falls is important to keep staff and the public safe, but is also a legal requirement. These sorts of accidents are not usually deemed to be the fault of the person who had the accident, and are often avoidable. Employers can be held accountable if their health and safety practices aren’t up to scratch.

Online training
The easiest way to guarantee the prevention of slips, trips and falls in the workplace is to make sure all staff have adequate training. While this may sound complicated, it’s no longer necessary to hire a speaker or attend classes off-site. Online and computer-based training can often be more effective, affordable and practical.

Online health and safety courses are delivered either over the internet or on CD-ROM, and can be accessed from any PC. This means staff can complete the training in their own time, so it isn’t necessary to get everyone together. The software also records who has completed the training.

Employment in Restaurants – A Rewarding Career

The world economy is peaking and instances of job shortage are coming down drastically. Among all the sectors, the industry which has captured the most attention is the hospitality industry. Even though it remained largely unaffected by the recent economic crunch, the subsequent revival has had a profound effect on it.

The hospitality industry envelops a large number of sub industries like tourism, hotels, restaurants etc. Among all these, the restaurant business has witnessed a high percentage of growth in the recent times. With more and more courses offering specialized courses to pursue rewarding careers in the restaurant industry, students have not let go of this opportunity.

It has been a mutually benefitting equation for both students and the available courses. The range and number of courses are growing up sparking off more student participation and enrollment. This along with the instance of innumerable available restaurant job opportunities makes for exciting times for everyone associated with this business.

Online Restaurant Job Listings:

The wide list of different positions in restaurant makes it an ideal choice for all, irrespective of their educational qualification. One can easily get to work in a restaurant by applying at various websites designed especially for providing employment in restaurants. These websites require a simple signing up procedure which would make you a member.

Get Exposed to Various Jobs:

The membership at most of them is completely free. After signing up you can enter the details of the kind of job you want and the location you desire, among other things. You will then get an entire list of screened results which will match the specifications you desired. You can apply directly to these jobs and wait for your call up. All this is done online and within the comfort of your home.