January 2014

  1. Categories: General Safety Topics, Info News & Disaster & Survival Forum

    NOAA Weather-Ready Nation

    NOAA’s Weather-Ready Nation is about building community resilience in the face of increasing vulnerability to extreme weather and water events. Record-breaking snowfall, cold temperatures, extended drought, high heat, severe flooding, violent tornadoes, and massive hurricanes have all combined to reach the greatest number of multi-billion dollar weather disasters in the nation’s history. The devastating impacts of extreme events can be...
  2. Categories: General Safety Topics

    Rigging Safety

    We have all heard the phrase... "A chain is only as strong as its weakest link". When it comes to crane operations, rigging can often be that "weak link". How a load is attached to a crane can make the difference between a successful lift and an unfortunate accident. And rigging-related accidents can often be deadly, due to the large...
  3. Categories: First Aid Articles, General Safety Topics, Health and First Aid Advice for Seniors, Health Tips, Info News & Disaster & Survival Forum

    Hypothermia

    We've talked a lot about Frostbite, Winter Warmers, and Winter Safety - now learn about Hypothermia: When exposed to cold temperatures, your body begins to lose heat faster than it can be produced. Low body temperature may make you unable to think clearly or move well. You may not know you have hypothermia. If your temperature is below 95°, the...
  4. Categories: Child Safety

    Want to Be a Babysitter?

    If you've got your eye on becoming a babysitter, make sure you know how to keep your charges safe. The University of Michigan Health System offers this advice: Take classes in babysitting, first aid and CPR. Understand the basics of sleep safety for babies, such as the need to have them sleep on the back. Bring a list of questions...
  5. Categories: General Safety Topics & Info News

    Fall Protection

    Falls are the second leading cause of death each year in the United States (after traffic accidents)! Over 10,000 people are killed every year as a result of falls...and 200,000 to 300,000 people are disabled. Eight-five percent of all falls that occur on the job result in "lost work time". Employers should  provide the information employees need to work safely...
  6. Categories: Pet Safety & Press Releases

    American Red Cross Pet First Aid

    First Aid Apps for Smart Phones, Tablets and Mobile devices have been around for tears now - our Favorite is by PhoneFlips, Now the Red Cross has released and App to help you use your Pet First Aid Kits and give proper Pet CPR & First Aid! American Red Cross Issues New Pet First Aid App Pets are an important...
  7. Categories: General Safety Topics & Health and First Aid Advice for Seniors

    Winter Dangers for Seniors

    Seniors have health and safety concerns that may differ from people of other ages. With Additional mobility challenges and lower average core body temperatures, Winter Hazards can be greater each year. Winter is an especially important time to keep an eye on seniors to make sure they are living as safely as possible. In addition to cold weather, ice and...
  8. Categories: Disaster & Survival Forum

    Prescription for Readiness

    Individual and Community Preparedness... n an emergency or natural disaster first responders may be overwhelmed trying to respond to an event.  In some instances you may be unable to reach a hospital or clinic. That’s why it’s important to keep medical records, supplies and prescriptions easily accessible and to learn simple first aid techniques.  Creating a “stay healthy” kit will...
  9. Categories: General Safety Topics

    Winter Storm Intensifying off the East Coast with Bitter Cold Spreading into the Eastern U.S.

    A storm system will strengthen overnight in the Atlantic waters off the East Coast spreading heavy snow and strong wind into coastal sections of New England and the Northeast. Blizzard conditions are possible in eastern Massachusetts. In addition, temperatures across the eastern U.S. will be 10 to 25 degrees below average with bitter wind chills.   The weather pattern across...
  10. Categories: General Safety Topics

    Why Safety is Essential in the workplace

    Employees have never been looked after so well than they are in today's workplace. With many new legislation and laws in place, employer’s duties to protect employees have steadily increased, over the past few years. But even with this increased protection it is still important for individuals to have an understanding of workplace safety rules and what they entail - as although your employer has a legal duty of care from when you arrive at the workplace to when you leave, you also have an individual responsibility to look after your own safety. To help you understand the differing levels and layers of workplace safety your own organisation should have either a 'safety management plan', 'health and safety strategy', 'workplace safety directive' - or a document named by any other connotation of these titles. It is these documents which will show how the safety responsibility cascades down from the Board of Directors to individuals at ground level, showing that everyone has a role to play in managing safety. Safety in the workplace is of course there to protect you as an individual and the workforce as a whole. The objective of any safety plans or communications is to ensure all employees are aware of the dangers involved in tasks they have to undertake, and how to minimize any risks. It has been proved that by engaging employees in safety awareness accidents and injuries in the workplace can be dramatically reduced, therefore reducing personal injury, time off work and ultimately leaving the workplace a safer, healthier and happier place to be. So what type of jobs are covered by safety in the workplace? Many people think this relates solely to heavy manual jobs, engineering work or jobs where there are immediate and obvious dangers. But in reality safety in the workplace relates to ANY job - for example if you are office based and at a desk for most of your working day then you may have been privy to a 'workstation assessment' - having your monitor checked and your sitting position analysed - if so you may be surprised to learn that these actions are indeed part of an organisations safety plans. These checks and measures are carried out to ensure you are advised well on your own working circumstance so any related risks can be minimized or avoided -in this instance back and neck pain or eye strain. Maybe you spend time outside during your working day and have been issued waterproofs, hi-vis clothing and safety boots, if so then this is also part of the overall safety plan for the organisation. Your safety and well being are being considered as you are kept protected from the natural elements to ensure you are physically comfortable and safe whilst completing your tasks. Of course there are tasks which are more dangerous and unfortunately have the potential to lead to serious injury but safety in the workplace is there to protect everyone at all levels within an organisation not solely the roles facing obvious dangers. Safety is of course important from the employers perspective - as an economic tool, minimizing any accidents will reduce time off work, loss of productivity and decreased earnings. However it is hoped that for the most genuine organisations the moral reasons of implementing workplace safety processes will outweigh these economic ones . Author Bio: Vivienne Ollis - Journalist & Copywriter for www.essexinsulation.co.uk   Safety Books, CDs, Videos American Red Cross Cal / OSHA Standards Disaster & Survival DOT / 49 CFR Standards Fall Protection Federal OSHA / 29 CFR Standards Forklift Maritime Oil & Gas OSHA Safety Training Products Continue reading →

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