Monthly Archives: July 2015

  • 53 million adults in the US live with a disability

    As we mentioned, last Sunday was the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act - Did you know that 53 million adults in the US live with a disability?

    CDC: 53 million adults in the US live with a disability

    New report provides state-by-state data on disability types

     

    In the United States, one out of every five adults has a disability, according to a new study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The most common functional disability type was a mobility limitation – defined as serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs -- reported by one in eight adults, followed by disability in thinking and/or memory, independent living, vision, and self-care.

    The researchers found that the highest percentages of people with disabilities are generally in Southern states, for example Alabama (31.5 percent), Mississippi (31.4 percent), and Tennessee (31.4 percent). The report did not determine why differences occur by state; however, states in the South tend to have some of the higher rates of chronic diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes, which may also be associated with disability.

    “We are all at risk of having a disability at some point in our lifetime,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. “Health professionals and health care systems need to meet the needs of this growing population.”

    The report also revealed that non-Hispanic black (29 percent) and Hispanic (25.9 percent) adults were more likely to have a disability than were white non-Hispanic (20.6 percent) adults. Those with lower education levels, lower incomes, and those who are unemployed were also more likely to report a disability.

    “For the past 25 years, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has made a positive difference in the lives of those who have disabilities by ensuring better access to buildings, transportation, and employment. Access to preventive health care is also critically important for those with disabilities,” said Georgina Peacock, M.D., M.P.H., Director of CDC’s Division of Human Development and Disability.  “Many of the health issues that people with disabilities face may be addressed by making sure they have access to health promotion programs and health care services, including preventive health screenings, throughout their lifespan.”

    CDC is committed to protecting the health and well-being of people with disabilities throughout their lives. Through its state-based disability and health programs and national collaborations, CDC will continue to work to reduce health disparities faced by people with disabilities by facilitating their inclusion in public health surveys, public health programs, emergency preparedness and planning efforts, and accessible health care services. To work toward this goal, CDC provides data, information and resources for public health practitioners, health care providers, and people interested in the health and well-being of people with disabilities.

    Although disability information has been collected in national surveys for many years, this was the first time that functional disability type was included in the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). The BRFSS is an annual, state-based telephone survey conducted by states in collaboration with CDC that gathers information on demographics, health status, health behaviors and disabilities.

    More information about CDC’s work to support inclusive public health and health care settings is available at http://www.cdc.gov/disabilities.

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  • Bystanders: Immediate Responders

    whitehouseA meeting just began at the White house to discuss a new National Initiative with the goal of building national resilience by providing information and awareness the general public can use to save lives.

    "Bystanders: Our Nation's Immediate Responders" what will come of this roundtable discussion? Two of the First Aid Mart Team are are participating in this discussion, so we hope to have some great highlights to share tomorrow!

    First responders put their lives on the line every day.

  • Extreme Heat and Your Health

    It seems to be getting warmer each year. Extreme heat events, or heat waves, are one of the leading causes of weather-related deaths in the United States. When temperatures rise in the summer, extremely hot weather can cause sickness or even death. Heat stress is heat-related illness caused by your body's inability to cool down properly. The body normally cools itself by sweating. But under some conditions, sweating just isn't enough. In such cases, a person's body temperature rises rapidly. Very high body temperatures may damage the brain or other vital organs.

    Learn more:

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  • Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

    WIOA, The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, celebrated its first anniversary last week.

    The law, passed with bipartisan majorities, is helping transform federally funded job training programs across the country to ensure everyone can get the skills and training they need to punch their ticket to the middle class.

    In that time, many have been involved across the country in helping build a stronger, modernized workforce system for the 21st century.

    Secretary Tom Perez & Secretary Arne Duncan commemorate the one year anniversary of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

  • 25 Years? Cheers!

    Celebrating 25 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act

    July 26, 2015 marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This milestone law prohibits discrimination and mandates equal opportunity for people with disabilities in employment, state and local government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities, transportation and telecommunications and guarantees the civil rights of more than 56 million Americans.  ada25

    The ADA was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush in 1990 and has shaped opportunities for people with disabilities in providing equal access to education, employment and to programs and services, including transportation, communications access, public accommodations, and more.

    adaIntegrating the needs of people with disabilities into disaster preparedness, response, and recovery planning is essential to proper emergency management.  Under the authority of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides equal access throughout its services, including:

  • First responders put their lives on the line every day.

    Are you a Firefighter or EMT? Are you on your company or schools First Responder Team? Maybe you are on your local CERT Team? Do you want to be?

    First Responders rely on Go bags that are ready to grab and respond quickly, with the emergency medical supplies they may need for quick casualty assistance First Responders rely on Go bags that are ready to grab and respond quickly, with the emergency medical supplies they may need for quick casualty assistance

    Maybe you just want the background knowledge so you'll be ready to respond in an emergency...

    It's critical for first responders to have all the safety information for alternative fueled vehicles they may encounter on our roadways. NFPA offers free awareness level Alternative Fuel Vehicles Safety Training, and resources to keep firefighters and the public safe. See this free online training which encompasses alternatively fueled vehicles, including: electric, hybrid, fuel cell, compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas, and ethanol. The training covers: light-medium duty trucks, buses, commercial fleet, and passenger vehicles. To access this free training, visit http://evsafetytraining.org/!

  • Friday Safety Tip: Bug Bites

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    When does one normally think about applying insect repellent?

    After being bitten!

    Be sure to stock up on Insect Sting relief when you get your Insect Repellent!

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  • How to Stay Safe on the Construction Site

    Working on a construction site is statistically one of the most dangerous jobs you can do. While you might think the list of the world’s most dangerous jobs would contain more overtly risky roles like a fighter pilot, fire-fighter or policeman, the reality is that farming, construction, manufacturing and commercial fishing present far greater risks.

    Construction-First-Aid-2The potential for serious injury and even fatalities is ever-present on a construction site. Simply carrying heavy materials in the wrong way, or operating equipment without taking the necessary safety precautions, can cause debilitating injuries.

    The truth is that no matter how health and safety conscious your workforce might be, there’s simply no such thing as a completely safe construction safe. However, you can mitigate the risks you face on a daily basis. The key to construction site safety is to build a systematic and comprehensive health and safety checklist to protect construction workers from potential hazards. These guidelines should then be strictly enforced until they become second nature.

    Here are the absolute essentials of any construction site checklist:

    Ladders and scaffolding

    Ladders and scaffolding are two of the most likely causes of accidents on construction sites. There are strict rules and regulations that need to be met for construction safe scaffolding. It should always:

    • Be erected at least 10 feet from power lines
    • Be checked and regularly reviewed by a qualified engineer
    • Have guard rails and toe boards to prevent workers from falling
    • Have safety nets to prevent injury in the event of a fall

    Ladders present their own distinct set of risks. You only have to fall 1-2 metres from a ladder to suffer a serious injury or even death. Currently, over 85 percent of deaths occur in non-occupational activities, and this is largely due to the safety checks construction sites are subject to.

    Aluminium ladders are lightweight and sturdy, making them perfect for use on construction sites. However, when working on a site near electrical wires, fibreglass ladders should be used. If extension ladders are required they must be sturdy and lean back one foot for every four feet of height.

    Protective clothing and equipment

    There can’t be any shortcuts when working on a construction site. Protective clothing is essential to a worker’s ability to do their job safely, without any distractions. Clothing that insulates workers and provides protection from the elements should be worn, and should be clearly visible to reduce the risk of accidents. There are also some protective clothing items that must be worn when operating certain equipment. This includes:

    • Face shields and safety glasses are mandatory when welding or working with dangerous chemicals
    • Safety gloves must be worn which have been specifically designed for the job i.e. welding, operating power tools etc.
    • Hard hats must be worn on a building site at all times, and should be routinely inspected for flaws
    • Shoes with slip resistant, solid soles must be worn
    • Protection harnesses must be worn for specific tasks

    Securing the site

    Construction sites must be properly secured, not only to deter criminals, but also to prevent members of the public entering the site and potentially suffering an injury.

    There must also be a designated area on the site which is both hygienic and safe, where workers can wash, take breaks and eat meals. Construction companies must also provide clean bathroom facilities.

    Working with electricity

    Electrical hazards are an ever-present on construction sites. Safety switches have become a mandatory part of a construction company’s health and safety obligations to mitigate the risk and keep workers safe.

    Safety switches protect workers from electrical circuits that become damaged. They monitor the flow of electricity running through the circuit and immediately cut the supply in the event of any surges or irregularities.

    As part of your construction site safety checklist, there are a few rules you must follow in regard to the maintenance and use of power points:

    • Never overload power points by plugging too many appliances into a single socket. Either use a different power point or turn off the equipment and remove the plugs that are already there
    • Insert safety plugs into unused power points to prevent accidental contact
    • Ascertain a maximum voltage allowance for each power point and stick to it
    • Always keep power points clean and free from dirt and dust
    • Never wipe dirty power points or electrical switches with a damp cloth

    That’s just the start of construction site safety

    Every Construction Site Needs Contractors & Construction Site First Aid Kits for OSHA Compliacne Every Construction Site Needs Contractors & Construction Site First Aid Kits for OSHA Compliacne

    These are just a few of the fundamentals of construction site safety that act as an effective starting point to keep workers safe. There are also be a wide range of tool and task-specific safety considerations and training courses that must be taken into account to make your construction site as safe as such a potentially dangerous place can be.

    Author bio: Sam Butterworth is a health and safety writer who works for UK Safety Store, a provider of workplace safety supplies and equipment which also blogs about related issues.

  • National Preparedness Month is coming...

    Get ready - plan ahead (that's what it is all about anyway, right?)

    September is National Preparedness Month. This year's theme is: "Don't Wait. Communicate. Make your emergency plan today."

    We'll be sharing a LOT more as we head toward NPM and throughout September as well!

    NPM-2015

    Here's last years info - also read more:

  • Dog Days

    Dog Days of Summer? You think you are hot and miserable? How about your pets? They are wearing fur coats in this heat and humidity!

    Make sure you keep them cool and watch the water - pets are likely to consume much more than usual in the heat. Your Veterinarian make even recommend adding electrolytes to their food and water.

    Love your pet.

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