Monthly Archives: November 2013

  • Home Improvement - Painting Safety

    Painting a home's interior or exterior is often the most important stage of a renovation or redecoration. As a way of bringing an extra vitality and energy to a room or outside area it can be invaluable; however there are some important safety measures the home painter should be well aware of. The following are the key points to observe for painting safely.

    Selecting the Proper Safety Equipment

    Before beginning on the actual painting work of a decorating project, it is sensible to make the correct selections of safety equipment. Along with the right paint brushes, rollers and type of paint itself, a decorator should also kit themselves out with protective clothing, gloves and goggles. A painter and decorator can also make use of a protective mask when working indoors or outside. Spray paint can be unpredictable factor particularly when used outside. In these cases, paper masks can offer a useful preventative barrier.

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    How to Safely Handle Solvents

    Paints diluted with solvents can be more harmful than other types of paint and should be handled with care and precision. Turpentine and other solvents such as spirits are often used as a means of accelerating the drying times of paint. This can be a practical process if done in a protected and cautious manner. Firstly, a decorator should always ensure that the room is correctly ventilated and that they do not breathe too close to the paint itself. A protective mask can be used in all cases, but ventilation and sensible handling of the substances is vital. An exterior fan can also be employed to further ventilate the area.

    Dangerous Types of Paints

    Certain kinds of normal household paint can contain harmful chemicals and toxins. The worst offenders in standard brands of paint are known as volatile organic compounds. These VOC's are released into the air mainly during and immediately after a painting project. They have been linked to a series of unpleasant health problems from headaches and breathing problems all the way up to organ damage and cancer. To tackle this type of alarming danger many major paint suppliers now stock a series of low VOC or no VOC painting solutions. The use of these products is recommended for confident and safe painting.

    Ladder Safety

    It may be necessary to use a step ladder to reach high ceilings and the uppermost sections of interior walls. This is potentially the most hazardous aspect of a painting job and one that should be taken on when properly prepared. Part of this preparation is ensuring that the ladder is clean of oil or slippery dirt. It should also be inspected for strength and durability as it needs to support the painter's full weight for an indefinite amount of time. The ladder should be erected in a clear part of the floor space, free from obstacles or mess. When painting around a door it is best to keep it locked wherever possible and to install a warning sign alerting household members of the decorating in process.

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  • Thanksgiving home cooking, traveling tips

    Travel and home cooking are two common themes of the coming week for Americans. Combine that travel and cooking with a wintry storm in Arizona and safety issues arise.

    TXS2More home cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving than on any other day of the year, and unusually wet and icy roads in Arizona’s high country are already making travel especially hazardous. That weather is expected to continue all week, according to the National Weather Service.

    Looking ahead, the American Red Cross shared tips Nov. 23 to help make the holiday week safer.

    Cooking safety

    Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and related injuries. Follow these safety tips:

    — Keep children and pets at least 3 feet away from the cooking area.

    — Clean all cooking surfaces to prevent grease buildup.

    — Stay in the kitchen while frying, grilling or broiling food. Turn burners off if leaving the kitchen.

    — Keep a pan lid or baking sheet nearby. Use it to cover the pan if it catches on fire.

    — Are you frying your turkey? Be careful! Place turkey fryers outside and away from the house, deck and garage. Do not leave it unattended while heating, frying or cooling. Grease stays hot longer than you think.

    Travel safety

    Vehicles should be in good working order before heading out. Remember to:

    — Pack emergency supplies like blankets, water and snacks, a flashlight, and a first aid kit.

    — Charge your cell phone before you leave, and take a car charger with you so you can call for help if needed.

    — Fill the fuel tank, check air pressure in tires and top off windshield fluid.

    — Buckle up and obey all traffic signs.

    — Avoid distractions while driving like using mobile phones to talk or text.

    — Designate a driver who won’t be drinking whenever alcohol is served.

  • Brrr... Winter Safety and Warmth

    snowblowerOver the years employers have discovered that their employees miss more time from work as a result of "off-the-job" accidents than due to injuries experienced on the job. Many of these accidents occur during the winter holidays, as employees do things that they are not familiar with or haven't done "since last year". Fortunately, most of these accidents can be prevented.

    Employers should show employees how to plan ahead, look for potential hazards and avoid dangerous situations that occur during the winter holiday season. Topics to cover include:

    - Christmas trees (selecting, transporting and setting up).
    - Using "string lights".
    - Safe use of extension cords and outlets.
    - Fires, fireplaces and chimneys.
    - Using candles.
    - Fire extinguishers and fire escapes.
    - Dressing for cold weather.
    - Working in the cold. See warmth and safety article
    - Walking and driving in ice and snow.

    See our Winter Safety Safety Meeting Kits

  • E-Learning for Safety & Health

    E?learning Essentials

    CDC’s E?learning Essentials Adobe PDF file and its online companion, E?learning Essentials Interactive, are designed for course developers and training decision makers who may be new to e?learning. These e?learning tools identify six components essential to quality e?learning and explain how to use them to engage learners in the most effective ways.

    E-learning Essentials Interactive

    Instructional designers and e?learning developers from across CDC are among the subject matter experts consulted for the development of these tools.

    Spotlight on the E-learning Institute

    e-learningThis month the CDC Learning Connection Spotlight features the E-learning Institute (ELI) Pilot, an innovative 18-week virtual course sponsored in collaboration with the Public Health Foundation.  Read the story of how ELI helped education and training staff from 7 state and local health departments gain the skills necessary to create quality e-learning through a curriculum based on the CDC E-learning Essentials suite of products.

    Strengthening public health through workforce development and training is a constant challenge for state and local health departments. In his presentation at the 2012 CDC Public Health Workforce Summit, Harvey V. Fineberg, M.D., Ph.D., President of the Institute of Medicine remarked, “We must determine ways to amplify every dollar in public health.” One aspect of this is to ensure high return on every dollar invested in the design and delivery of training for the workforce.

    As budgets shrink, organizations are relying more and more on a variety of technology-based learning platforms. Technology-based learning, also known as e-learning, affords cost savings for employers by reducing costs associated with travelling to attend training and allowing employers to provide training to staff regardless of geographic location. From the learners’ perspective, e-learning has many advantages over traditional classroom-based learning including increased flexibility, convenience, and consistency of information presented. While e-learning is increasing in popularity, designing effective e-learning can be challenging. To support state and local health departments with creating quality e-learning, CDC collaborated with the Public Health Foundation (PHF) to pilot the E-learning Institute (ELI), an 18-week virtual course designed to strengthen the e-learning design skills of participants.

    Innovative Delivery of a Quality Curriculum

    Image of E-learning EssentialsThe vision of the ELI Pilot was to empower a group of education and training professionals with the knowledge, skills, tools, and resources necessary to efficiently and effectively create quality e-learning. Eight educators from state or local health departments in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Texas, Arizona, Oklahoma, Delaware, and Vermont were selected from a pool of applicants. The participants followed an 18-week curriculum based on CDC’s E-learning Essentials suite of products. The curriculum included a number of learning opportunities which provided each participant with a solid foundation in e-learning design. In addition, each participant was paired with a mentor—an e-learning expert from within or outside CDC. The overall goal was for each participant to create their own e-learning products based on the knowledge and skills gained throughout the program.

    The ELI Pilot curriculum was delivered through a variety of mechanisms, including:

    • CDC TRAIN –This learning management system listed all of the courses, the ELI training plan, and optional resources for participants.
    • phConnect—Participants and mentors posted content on this online collaboration tool and engaged in online discussions.
    • Audio and video conferencing—This mechanism was used to conduct webinars, through CDC TRAIN’s Health Educators and Learning Professionals (HELP) community of practice (CoP). These tools also were used for small group meetings during which participants shared progress on their e-learning products and received feedback from the mentors and peers.
    Eli participants

    One mentor acknowledged that she also benefited from ELI. “As a person interested in staying abreast of developments in the instructional design and e-learning arenas, I also feel that the rich variety of reading materials, courses, and professional advice gathered for this program was a bonanza,” said mentor Rozolyn Roscoe, Senior Instructional Technologist in CDC’s Laboratory Training Branch.

  • Foods that help Fight the Flu

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    You know what flu season means — get a flu shot and do whatever you can to stay healthy. These foods (and teas) can help you fend off the flu, and eat and drink well too.

    9 Natural Flu-Fighting Foods

    Eating and drinking right can help boost your immune system

    Regardless how you feel about flu vaccinations - with or without getting one yourself, there are some basic precautions for avoiding contamination and some foods you can easily incorporate into your diet during Flu Season that will help boost your natural immunity to Influenza and the Common Cold.

    Black-Eyed Peas

    These nutritious legumes are rich in zinc, a trace mineral that keeps your immune system in working order. Pinto beans, peanuts, roasted pumpkin seeds and wheat germ are other good choices.

    Carrots

    They're rich in beta-carotene, which your body uses to ward off respiratory infections. Other good sources are dark green vegetables, sweet potatoes, pumpkin and winter squash.

    Chicken Soup

    It may not prevent the flu, but a bowl or cup of soup can help your immune system fight off the virus in its early stages, thanks to a compound called carnosine. The only catch: You need to consume chicken soup throughout your illness to reap its benefit, says a 2012 study.

    Tea

    Green, black and oolong tea all contain naturally occurring compounds that reduce the risk of flu, including quercetin, a powerful antioxidant, and L-theanine, an amino acid found only in tea. Decaf teas contain the amino acid, herbal teas don't.

    Yogurt

    Probiotics, the beneficial bacteria found in yogurt and other fermented foods, strengthen the immune system. Not a fan of yogurt? Try cottage cheese, kimchi (a fermented Korean dish made of seasoned vegetables) or sauerkraut instead.

    Almonds

    These popular nuts are a rich source of the antioxidant vitamin E, which helps your body ward off viral infections. To maximize the absorption of vitamin E, opt for chopped almonds, almond butter or almond oil.

    Tomatoes

    Vitamin C-rich tomatoes boost the body's natural defense system in the same way their citrusy relatives do. One medium tomato provides 40 percent of your daily vitamin C, so have a glass of tomato juice at lunch and treat yourself to pasta with tomato sauce for dinner.

    Wild Salmon

    It's high in vitamin D, which the immune system needs to kill harmful bacteria and viruses, says John S. Adams, M.D., professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. Farm-raised salmon has less, but is also a good source.

    Mushrooms

    These powerhouses increase the body's resistance to viral infections by boosting the activity of natural killer cells, a vital part of the immune system. Mushrooms are rich in selenium, low levels of which can increase the risk of developing a severe flu.Mixed super foods (Sam Kaplan; Stylist: Matt Vohr for Halley Res

  • Influenza News and Highlights

    FLU TIME!

    Think about it and spread the knowledge, not the Bug!

    Did you know it is estimated that an average of 200K people are hospitalized due to flu-related complications?

    Remember to Take 3 actions to fight flu this season. 1. Get a Vaccine in shot or mist form. 2. Wash your hands. 3. Take antivirals if prescribed by your doctor if you get the flu.See our Cold and Flu Products!

     

  • Stay up to date with Flu, Pandemics, and all sorts of fascinating information from the CDC

    We feed you the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, including Flu updates, First Aid, even Disaster Safety and Health info - but you, too, can access this wealth of data...

    CDC2More Ways to Stay Updated
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  • Preparedness Cross Country

    Businesses and Families can create interactive emergency kits, customized communications plans and view preparation guides so they are more informed on what to do before, during or after an emergency.

    Several states across the nation are currently using a rapidly growing service called SmartPrepare to effectively prepare for and respond to disasters.  SmartPrepare allows residents to share critical information about themselves and their families with local emergency managers. First introduced in New Canaan, CT in September 2012, the service, recently implemented in Arizona, is now used in ten states.

    What are YOU doing to Prepare??

    Are you ready to Bug Out? Are you ready to Bug Out?

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