Monthly Archives: June 2015

  • Coming Soon

    It's coming! A new, update website at FirstAidMart.com.. enhanced features, twice the speed, even easier ordering, improved search, more products, and believe it or not - more special offers and still lower pricing than our already unbelievably low prices! Stay tuned... we're about 30 days from launch!

    FAM-NEW

  • Monday

    Make Monday your Safety Day.

    Take a walk through early and look for and slip, trip or fall hazards. Looks for daisy-chained extension cords and other electrical hazards. See if anyone left personal appliance on at their desks over the weekend. Check the stock of your first aid kit.

    Have a Safe Week!

  • Emergency Alerts - Isn't there an App for that?

    Emergency Alerts - Isn’t there an app for that?

    FEMA, Red Cross, local TV stations - lots of organizations are offering emergency alert apps for smart phones. Will they take care of me?

    Emergency alerts via app are similar to the federal EAS and WEA alerts. They say “Hey there is a big problem!” but fail to offer much specific information.

    Although good for reaching a lot of people in a geographic area, you need more.

    Local Reverse 911 emergency notification messages are the most specific, authoritative alerts available. Here is what Reverse 911 services can do for you that an App cannot:
    • Issued directly from 911 call centers or your local Emergency Management Agency, no middle man means quicker alerts.
    • Alerts are sent for many issues too localized for an EAS alert, like a gas leak on your street, a missing person in the neighborhood or a local police action.
    • Message length is not limited to 90 characters like WEAs so you receive more information and will know what to do.
    • Alerts are specific to your location so precise instructions can be given in the message.
    • Most systems can call, text or email information to you.
    • Alerts are sent based on the locations you register, so you know if danger is near your home, work, day care or any other location of concern. Whether home or traveling across the country you get the message.
    • You can register for where elderly parents or others live, it does not matter if they are nearby or far off. Have the peace of mind that you will know if danger is near these loved ones.

    Reverse 911 systems already have land line phone numbers, that’s good if you still have a land line and if you are home to answer the call. To receive alerts on your mobile device you must register. Register every cell phone in the household so everyone gets the alert as soon as possible. Remember to register for all your locations of concern.

    Here is a quote on the value of Reverse 911 from the Los Angeles police. Their local system is called Alert LA County.
    “Here are the main differences in the WEA alerts and the Alert LA County messages. Alert LA County is target specific. When we recognize a life threatening event, a disaster or potential to serious injury or death, we can pin point an area using a mapping system to get out the message.

    Here is an example:
    A suspect with a gun in a neighborhood. We can direct a message for those that live on streets A, B and C to remain in their houses with their doors lock. We could also send a message on the same incident for resident on D, E, and F streets to evacuate to a position north of the location and for streets X, Y and Z Streets to evacuate to a position to the south of the area. We would call every house that had a landline and every person’s cell phone that had registered with us.

    Same goes for disasters where there is a fire in the area and we want certain people to evacuate north and others to evacuate south. WEA cannot be as precise to affected areas.

    We don’t send out general messages to the public and you would only get a message if it is directly affecting your area unlike WEA.”911-WEA

    Emergency alerts sent to your mobile device automatically or through apps are valuable but are not the best for most situations. Because you need the best information, register and in a few minutes you will have the protection of your local of Reverse 911 alerts; precise, informative, authoritative and free. Find the site to register on your local government web site or use the free national ZIP code search on www.safetyinformed.org

  • National HIV Testing Day

    Take the Test: Protect Yourself and Others

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV, and nearly 1 in 8 doesn’t know it. 

    It is important to get tested and know if you are in this group, only then can you take the next steps to protect your health and others. Find a free testing site near you and take today as an opportunity to share this information and raise awareness about preventing the spread and reducing your risk of getting HIV.

  • Messed up at work

    Employees with drug and alcohol issues are an issue for everyone. Aside from destroying their own lives, they waste company money, decrease everyone's morale, and pose serious safety concerns for all.

    Substance abuse is a huge, worldwide problem. In the United States alone there are over 50 million binge drinkers, 17 million illegal drug users and almost 15 million people who abuse prescription drugs. Most substance abusers have jobs. In fact, it is estimated that one out of every ten workers has a substance abuse problem. An employee with an alcohol or drug problem can decrease productivity, create a hostile work environment and damage a company's good name. Worst of all, the actions of a worker who is "under the influence" can completely undermine a company's efforts to keep people safe.

    Know how to handle these situations in the workplace.

    See our Dealing with Drugs & Alcohol in the Workplace Training Series

    drug-alcohol-abuse-employees-tileTopics covered in these products include:

    • How substances are typically abused by employees.
    • Alcohol and other depressants, and their effects.
    • Stimulants, narcotics and hallucinogens, and their effects.
    • How people get "hooked" on drugs and alcohol.
    • Alcohol and drug policies.
    • Helping employees overcome substance abuse.
    • and more.

    Get a Quote for a Class:
    Dealing with Drug and Alcohol Abuse for Employees Live Instruction Training Courses at YOUR Location

    Image of Safety Training materials Safety Books, CDs, Videos- Check out our Rigging Safety Collection!
    Our training products on "Rigging Safety" point out to employees that over 90% of rigging-related accidents are caused by human error... and that they are the key to preventing these incidents. Topics covered in these products include:
    - Physical and mental preparation.
    - Personal protective equipment.
    - Equipment inspection.
    - Hazard assessment.
    - Slings and hitches.
    - Hand signals.
    - Load angles.
    - and more.
  • Things to Know About the HAZWOPER Standard

    HAZWOPER3The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has come up with a safety standard that applies to employers and employees who are or might be exposed to hazardous waste during operations. Named the Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response or HAWOPER Standard, it specifically covers five distinct groups of employers and employees that deal with handling, treatment, and cleanup of hazardous waste.

    To be able to legally work with any hazardous substances and wastes (which are defined by OSHA), one must be HAZWOPER-certified. But what exactly is the HAZWOPER training? Here are some facts on it:

    1. On-site workers are required to be HAZWOPER-trained, especially when there is a chance for exposure to hazardous waste.

    Granted, not all employees deal with hazardous waste treatment. However, emergency situations may arise that would make it necessary for workers to have undergone proper HAZWOPER training in order to be allowed to continue being on-site, as per OSHA standards. Employees with less training as well as personal protective equipment (PPE) may be allowed back on-site again once the contamination is cleared or there is minimum threat.

    Get Hazardous Materials Safety Training CDs, books, Videos/DVDs, Instructor Guides and more! Get Hazardous Materials Safety Training CDs, books, Videos/DVDs, Instructor Guides and more!

    2. The HAZWOPER training is offered in 3 courses.

    a. 40-hour training

    This is the most intensive training course. Employees who work on site and are exposed or have a high risk of exposure to hazardous substances, as well as those involved in hazardous waste cleanup and remediation are required to undergo 40 hours of HAZWOPER training.

    b. 24-hour training

    The 24-hour class is required to be completed by those whose jobs do not require them to be on site regularly, but still has them do occasional visits and inspections, particularly for hazardous waste cleanup sites. Supervisors and managers often fall into this training level.

    c. 8-hour training

    This is a refresher class, and is required to be completed annually after the initial HAZWOPER training.

    "DOT HAZMAT General Awareness" focus on employees who handle hazardous materials. The products review a number of topics aimed at making these employees more aware of situations in which they may encounter hazardous chemicals, the nature of the hazards and the issue of taking appropriate security measures when dealing with hazardous materials that the DOT has added to the regulation. Topics covered in these products include:     The regulation itself.     Hazardous materials, definitions and classes.     Hazard communication.     Hazard "indicators", such as labels, shipping papers and placards.     Where hazardous materials may be encountered.     Packaging and storage.     Shipping.     Transport (trucks, ships, rail, etc.).     Security risks and terrorism.     and more. Get a Quote for a Class: DOT HAZMAT General Awareness Live Instruction Training Courses at YOUR Location "DOT HAZMAT General Awareness" focus on employees who handle hazardous materials. The products review a number of topics aimed at making these employees more aware of situations in which they may encounter hazardous chemicals, the nature of the hazards and the issue of taking appropriate security measures when dealing with hazardous materials that the DOT has added to the regulation. Topics covered in these products include:
    The regulation itself.
    Hazardous materials, definitions and classes.
    Hazard communication.
    Hazard "indicators", such as labels, shipping papers and placards.
    Where hazardous materials may be encountered.
    Packaging and storage.
    Shipping.
    Transport (trucks, ships, rail, etc.).
    Security risks and terrorism.
    and more.
    Get a Quote for a Class:
    DOT HAZMAT General Awareness Live Instruction Training Courses at YOUR Location

    3. The 8-Hour Annual Refresher Course May be Taken in Segments.

    Not a lot of workers may know, but the 8-hour refresher course that needs to be taken annually can be broken into segments, provided that the course is completed before the one-year anniversary of the employee’s previous refresher or initial HAZWOPER certification training. Workers who fail to comply with the necessary hours within the 12-month period should have their reasons for delay filed in their records, and are required to attend the next possible training schedule.

    4. HAZWOPER training exemptions are possible.

    Employees who are not expected to get involved in emergency response or hazardous waste cleanup may be provided exemption by OSHA. Additionally, companies can be exempted from the training provided that they are:

    a. Large Quantity Generators (LQGs), and

    b. Have a spill response contingency plan that makes it mandatory for employees to evacuate the company premises in case of emergencies or accidental spills.

    This should be followed by the company contacting the spill response company to attend to the spill’s containment and remediation.

    The HAZWOPER standard is just one of a number of regulations that the OSHA has set in place in order to protect the life and health of all workers. Following OSHA standards is also good for business, as it would mean less payments on penalties and potential settlements.

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  • Summer Summer Summer

    Ah Summer. Fun, Sun, Sail, Surf... More Fun!

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    • Don’t miss our FREE First Aid Video“How To Use a First Aid Kit... What Your First Aid Course Didn't Teach You “
  • National Youth Tobacco Survey Surprises

    Results of the National Youth Tobacco Survey provide a snapshot of tobacco products used by today's youth and reveal some surprising new trends...Hookah

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  • Summer Safety Update

    Bugs, Sun, Burns, Lightning, Dangers in the Water - what happened to Summer FUN?

    Well, alarmist can rant all day about the dangers of Summer, but it is fun... you just have to plan, prepare, and know what you are doing.

    Whether Camping, Hiking, Boating, enjoying a day tat the Beach, or in your backyard... be smart and safe.

    Here are some articles to help you consider what may confront you as a Summer Surprise:

    Sun

    Insects

    Burns

    Lightning

    Boating and on the Water

    Beach

    Camping and Hiking

    Snakes

  • Happy Father's Day!

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