Monthly Archives: February 2014

  • Electrolytes - Same as Salt? No.

    Salt is a key part of our health and life - The human body contains many salts, of which sodium chloride (AKA common table salt) is the major one, making up around 0.4 per cent of the body's weight at a concentration pretty well equivalent to that in seawater. So a 50kg person would contain around 200g of sodium chloride - around 40 teaspoons. Since we lose salt whenever we sweat, it has to be continually replaced.

    Just do the RIGHT kind of salts - like those found in electrolytes (http://www.firstaidmart.com/ca... - potassium chloride, calcium carbonate, and magnesium oxide)

    Always keep electrolytes on hand for replenishment! Always keep electrolytes on hand for replenishment!

     

    State and local health departments can work with restaurants to help reduce the amount of sodium in food and keep people healthier.

  • Tuberculosis - TB Safety and Information

    Promising Class of Antibiotics Discovered for Treatment of Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis:

    TB Safety Early in 1996 OSHA issued Tuberculosis Directives that enforce the 1994 Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Tuberculosis Prevention Guidelines, and allow for the wearing of new classes of NIOSH approved respirators/masks as well as HEPA masks.
    Our training products on "Guarding Against Tuberculosis in Institutional Environments" include the changes in respiratory protection requirements. These products are designed to assist facilities and operations whose employees have a risk of exposure to tuberculosis. They also help employees understand the nature of the disease, as well as what they can do to protect themselves from infection.

    Topics concerning TB Safety include:

    • Epidemiology and symptoms of tuberculosis.
    • Modes by which tuberculosis is transmitted.
    • The CDC Guidelines.
    • The Exposure Control Plan.
    • Recognition of exposure situations.
    • Practices to prevent exposure.
    • Administrative and engineering controls.
    • Selection and use of personal protective equipment (including respirators).
    • and more.

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    St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientists have discovered a promising new class of antibiotics that could aid efforts to overcome drug-resistance in tuberculosis (TB), a global killer. The drugs increased survival of mice infected with TB and were effective against drug-resistant strains of TB. St. Jude led the international research effort, results of which appear in the current issue of the journal Nature Medicine. The antibiotics, called spectinamides, were created by changing the chemical structure of an existing antibiotic, spectinomycin, which does not work against TB. In multiple trials of mice with both active and chronic TB infections, researchers report that one version of the new drug—an analog known as 1599—was as good as or better than current TB drugs at reducing levels of the bacteria in the lungs of mice. In addition, 1599 caused no serious side effects.

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  • Health and safety in the warehouse

    WarehouseJust about any manufacturing business, and many other types of company, will require warehousing or other storage space of one sort or another. Large or small, managing that space comes with risks – and they may not be in places you’ve anticipated. As a business owner, you have a legal duty to protect your employees and the public from harm, to the extent that this is possible. Key to keeping safe is good risk assessment, which will identify:

    • Where the potential dangers lie
    • Who is at risk, and
    • What you might do to mitigate the problem

    Warehouse safety

    All things being equal, comparatively few accidents happen in warehouses. Far more problems occur in manufacturing and transporting goods than in their storage – perhaps because the purpose of storage is simply to keep things in one place until they are needed. Nevertheless, every year thousands of warehouse accidents are recorded, ranging from relatively minor through to serious injury.

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  • Bicycle Safety Guide

    bike safety headerSpring is coming, and we'll all be heading outdoors - some on foot - many on wheels...

    Cycling as an activity and as a method of transportation is growing at an extremely high rate in the United States. This increase in popularity is easy enough to understand. Cycling provides people with a fun form of exercise at a reasonable price. People in the U.S. are becoming more and more environmentally aware and friendly. Bicycling is much more environmentally friendly then other alternative transportation methods available to people, like automobiles.

    Did you know that between 2007 and 2011 the number of United States citizens who used bicycles as their primary mode of commute doubled, and the amount of bicyclists is expected to triple by 2017?

    Tips for riding in traffic:

    • On expressways, drives, highways, interstate routes and thruways unless otherwise authorized by posted signs.
    • Against the flow of traffic.
    • On the sidewalk, unless the cyclist is under 14 years old and the bicycle has wheels that are less than 26 inches in diameter.
    • Bicyclists must yield to pedestrians.
    • Bicycles are treated as vehicles; therefore cyclists are required to stop at all red lights and stop signs.
    • Cyclists are encouraged to keep right and to refrain from traveling in the center lanes, however riding in the middle lanes is permitted when necessary for the bicyclist’s safety. Bicyclists have the right to ride all the way to the left of a 40-foot-wide one-way street.
    • Riders should refrain from staying too close to the parked vehicles lane – they are urged to keep at least three feet between their bicycle and parked cars. Exiting passengers who swing their car doors open to unsuspecting bicyclists pose a serious risk on the road.
    • Use a white headlight and red taillight when riding at night.
    • Use a bell to signal presence when necessary.
    • Never wear more than one headphone at a time when riding. This will allow you to hear horns, voices and sirens more effectively.
    • Use hand signals when making turns. Always look over the shoulder before making turns or lane changes. Remember that a left arm extended outward signals a left turn; a left arm in the “L” position signals a right turn; one hand down signals a stop.

    Most State Laws require helmets for cyclists who are 13 years old and younger; however every rider is always encouraged to wear a helmet. After all, 74% of cyclist fatalities result from head injuries. Helmet usage reduces the risk of injury in a crash by 80 percent.
    When shopping for a helmet, bicyclists should be sure that the helmet fits snugly and doesn’t rock from side to side when moving the head around. When wearing a helmet, cyclists should always buckle the chinstrap, be sure that the helmet doesn't tilt either forward or backward and should beware of any cracks or damage in the helmet.

    General Safety Tips:

    Lights: Remain visible on the road. When riding at night, cyclists are advised to wear light-colored clothing with reflective materials. From dusk till dawn, bicyclists are required to use a white headlight and red taillight.

    HORN OR BELL: Be seen and heard. A horn or bell can alert pedestrians and motorists and let them know when you are present. Due to the limited visibility of bicycles, many drivers cut them off or back into them without even realizing it. In certain scenarios, stopping a bicycle accident from occurring can be solely attributed to the use of bells and horns.

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    HANDLEBARS: Handlebars should be tight and in line with the wheel height below a rider’s shoulder level. Grip ends should be replaced when they become worn out.

    WHEELS: The spokes of wheels should always retain good tension and none should ever be missing. Tires must always remain adequately inflated and with good tread and no sidewall damage. Either the tires or spokes should be reflective.

    Child Safety:

    Helmet
    The first thing to stress to a child is the importance of preventing a head or brain injury. By this time, parents understand that a helmet can save their little bicyclist’s life – but sometimes that isn’t enough. Sometimes kids don’t feel cool when wearing protective headgear, or they don’t like how tight and clunky it feels on their head. The good news is that today’s child bike helmets are lightweight while remaining protective. They also come in cool colors and designs that kids love. This accomplishes two things - brighter colors will appease your child, while also ensuring that motorists are more likely to see them when on the road.

    Check Equipment
    Before letting your child take off, mom or dad should check the components of the bicycle. The seat, handlebars, chain and wheels should all fit tightly. Check the brakes to be sure they aren’t sticking, and feel the tires to test the amount of tire pressure.

    Make Sure They Are Visible
    No matter what time of day your child is riding, there are precautions that you can take to be sure that other vehicles on the road can see them. Dress your little cyclist in neon, fluorescent or other bright colors at all times when riding. Also be sure their bike is equipped with reflectors, as well as lights if they plan to ride at night. Flashing lights can provide extra safety.

    Choose Safe Areas To Ride
    Public bike paths, parks and low-traffic neighborhoods are always good places for children to ride. Roads with numerous potholes, puddles, loose gravel and regular traffic should be avoided.

    Night Riding
    Parents should refrain from allowing their young children from riding at night, when it is more difficult for others to see them. Even with bright clothing, reflectors and lights, kids are in harm’s way when they bicycle after dark – it is not only hard for others to see them, but it is more difficult for your child to see others, as well as hazards in the road.

    This guide to bicycle safety provides important safety and legal information that every cyclists and motorists should know before driving or cycling on our roads to ensure the best possible chance of safety for everyone.

    Kiernan Hopkins contributes to many different news and safety blogs across the web and writes content for the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC.

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  • Assessing electrical fire risks in the workplace

    Making sure that your workplace is suitable for you and your employees to spend a large majority of their time is vital. In fact, if you do not pay enough attention to this particular area of your business, you could be fined, even be taken to court. There have been many cases in the past where employers simply do not assign priority when it comes to fire risk assessments, and in the event of a fire, employees may indeed sue the employer for their lack of attention and care.

    When conducting a risk assessment, there will be various aspects that you will be looking at. Some people prefer to hire a professional fire risk assessment company to enter the building and conduct an unbiased and comprehensive view of the premises to identify any risks. This gives peace of mind that the assessment has been carried out in a completely thorough, sufficient manner.

    This may be beneficial to you if you do not have enough time to conduct a thorough risk assessment yourself, or if you would like the view of a professional who may pick up on hazards which you may not have identified as a risk.

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    Electricity is all around us. It lights up our homes... powers much of the machinery and equipment that we use... and runs many of our tools. We are so used to it, most employees "take it for granted." Yet electricity can also be dangerous. Employees need to know how electricity works, and what they should do to protect themselves from its hazards.

    Our training products on "Electrical Safety" remind employees about electrical hazards they may face in their jobs, and provides the information they need to work safely around electricity. This program will also assist in satisfying the OSHA training requirements under 29 CFR Part 1910.331 (Electrical Safety Standard) for "non-qualified" employees. Topics covered in these products include:

    • How electricity works.
    • Fuses and circuit breakers.
    • Grounding and GFIs.
    • Safe work practices.
    • Outlets, plugs and extension cords.
    • Working with electrical equipment.
    • Using ladders around electricity.
    • Electrical emergencies.
    • and more.

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    Among all the safety problems an employee can encounter, fire can be the most frightening. Every year office fires cause millions of dollars in damage and result in hundreds of employee injuries. Yet many employees do not realize how their own actions can contribute to the risk of fire.

    Our training products on "Fire Prevention in the Office" look at fires in office environments, review steps that can be taken to help prevent fires and discuss what employees should do in case of a fire emergency. Topics covered in these products include:

    • Common causes of office fires.
    • The concept of "flashpoint".
    • "Classes" of fires.
    • Importance of good housekeeping.
    • Preventing office fires.
    • Fire extinguishers.
    • Evacuation and other employee responsibilities.
    • First aid.
    • and more.

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  • Battle-Proven First Aid Kits To Be Carried By All Officers

    The Houston Police Department aims to train all of its officers in the use of first aid kits used in combat zones. The move stems from a major donation of those kits from Memorial Hermann Hospital.

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    The idea to equip police officers with first aid kits containing tourniquets and special combat gauzes developed about six months ago.

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    Dr. John Holcombe is the director of Memorial Hermann Hospital’s Texas Trauma Institute. He says he and the director of the Houston Fire Department’s medical emergency services, David Persse, had just equipped ambulances with tourniquets.

    “And we started looking at what’s going with mass casualties, mass shootings, the Boston episode and on and on. And it became very clear in our minds that we wanted to have the police officers in Houston to have the same capability to be able to respond not only to individual casualties but to potential mass casualties.”

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    The kits were designed by police officers and fit inside the bulletproof vest patrol officers wear. Both the tourniquets and the gauze have the purpose of stopping bleeding. The gauze contains a hemostatic agent, which helps the body clot the blood in a wound.

    Holcombe says both are designed to save lives on the battlefield.

    “And the way you transition that knowledge into the civilian world is, No. 1, putting them on ambulances and helicopters, that’s important. And that’s been done in the Houston area. But also, put them on police officers, who obviously with 5,000 officers and HFD are all over the place and out on the streets and closest to the point of injury.”

    Sgt. Bryan Garrison heads HPD’s tactical training unit. He says these kits are a great benefit for Houston police officers, who are often the first on the scene of a crime or accident.

    “The primary cause of death from traumatic injury is blood loss, and when dealing with traumatic injury, whether it’s s a gunshot wound, some type of explosion or even a car accident, if there’s any large amount of arterial bleeding, you can bleed to death in two minutes. And that two minutes is crucial to stop the bleeding.”

    He says before Memorial Hermann’s donation, between 200 and 300 officers were carrying tourniquets and combat gauzes. And he says there have been several incidents where they saved lives, including in the case of an officer who was working an extra job in a country bar.

    “Female stabs another female. She hit the femoral artery in her leg, and that woman would have bled out had he not had a tourniquet and knew how to use it.”

    In anticipation of the donation, at least a thousand officers have been trained in the use of the kits so far.

    Garrison says by August of this year, all roughly 2,500 patrol officers will be trained and carry kits with them. And by August of next year, the rest of the 5,000 HPD officers will receive them.

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  • Seeking to raise first aid awareness

    Ninth months ago, two bombs went off near the finish line of one of the biggest marathon events in the world. This event changed the city of Boston forever — not in a negative way as some would think, but instead transformed Boston into Boston Strong.

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    “We never thought it was going to happen so close to home,” said Meryl Prendergast, a team member of one of Canton High School’s Community Problem Solving (CmPS) teams. “But now, almost a year has passed since April 15, and we’ve fallen back into that same mentality: It’s never going to happen here. We asked ourselves, ‘If Canton is faced with a similar emergency in the future, could Canton become Canton Strong?’”

    With that question in mind, the CmPS team has set out on a mission to help Canton citizens become more aware of first aid techniques, including AED training and tourniquets.

    “We all assume that we know what to do in times of emergency,” said team member Sean Hanscom. “However, do we really? So many people know how to perform CPR, which is great, but that wouldn’t really have come in handy during the Boston Marathon. People need to be aware of other first aid techniques so they won’t panic when and if something ever happens.”

    The team, which consists of ninth grade students Forest Schmidt, Hanscom, Prendergast, and Dasol Lee, is currently in the process of planning ways to raise awareness in the community. One major idea that they have is the creation of a phone app containing first aid instructions, videos, and other material that can be accessed by anyone at any time. They are also currently in the process of contacting people who may be able to help this project grow.

    “If we handed out pieces of paper with explanations on first aid techniques, most people would just end up losing them,” said Schmidt. “That’s why we love the app idea. Anyone who has a phone would be able to download the app, and they would have this information in their pockets 24/7. Of course, having the information on paper is important, and we’ll still hand out brochures and other such items. However, the app would definitely help us reach more people.”

    Canton wishes this CmPS team, Team Band-Aid, good luck as they work toward strengthening our community and preparing the citizens for emergencies.

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