Monthly Archives: April 2016

  • National PrepareAthon

    Think Preparedness Today and DO something to become more prepared and self-reliant!


  • Otter Pup (not Pop!)

    Otter-PupSpring is the season to celebrate new life. What better way to do so than to welcome the new baby otter pup into the world at the Bronx Zoo?! This playful little one clambered around its new habitat the other day scoping out the new digs while mama tried to show it the ropes. The inquisitive pup wasn't shy for long, scoping out the place on its own and even diving into the water. After splashing around in the pool for a bit, the two curled up inside a log to rest. See the video of the newcomer here!

  • National PrepareAthon

    Do your #weekend plans include making an #emergency kit? This Saturday is the Spring National PrepareAthon. Get Ready - we have everything you need for Emergency Disaster Survival Preparedness!


  • Fur Elise

    On this day in 1810, one of the most famous pieces of music was composed: Beethoven's Für Elise. However, it wasn't published until 1867, 40 years after Beethoven's death. If you ever took
    piano lessons when you were younger, this piece may be especially familiar to you. The easy notes in the beginning (although the song gets significantly harder!) make this a prime piece of music to teach students how to play the piano. The name translates to "For Elise" although no one is quite sure who Elise is. One theory suggests that Ludwig Nohl, who discovered the score, transcribed the name incorrectly and it was actually named "Für Therese, for Therese Malfatti, a woman to whom Beethoven proposed but was rejected. The original piece has been long lost, so we may never know!Fur Elise

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  • Portable Ladder Safety and Regulatory Requirements

    Ladders of all configurations, sizes, and material types are used daily nationwide in almost every industry.  Improper use of ladders, however have resulted in one of the major causes of fall-related fatalities according to the National Safety Council.  This document contains information published by OSHA, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, regarding safety requirements for portable metal ladders, designed to reduce or eliminate ladder related injuries and accidents in U.S. industries.

    LadderOSHA Regulations (Standards - 29 CFR)
    Portable metal ladders. - 1910.26

    • Standard Number: 1910.26
    • Standard Title: Portable metal ladders.
    • SubPart Number: D
    • SubPart Title: Walking-Working Surfaces

    "Requirements" -

    "General." Specific design and construction requirements are not part of this section because of the wide variety of metals and design possibilities. However, the design shall be such as to produce a ladder without structural defects or accident hazards such as sharp edges, burrs, etc. The metal selected shall be of sufficient strength to meet the test requirements, and shall be protected against corrosion unless inherently corrosion-resistant.

    The spacing of rungs or steps shall be on 12-inch centers.

    Rungs and steps shall be corrugated, knurled, dimpled, coated with skid-resistant material, or otherwise treated to minimize the possibility of slipping.

    "General specifications - straight and extension ladders."

    The minimum width between side rails of a straight ladder or any section of an extension ladder shall be 12 inches.

    The length of single ladders or individual sections of ladders shall not exceed 30 feet. Two-section ladders shall not exceed 48 feet in length and over two-section ladders shall not exceed 60 feet in length.

    Based on the nominal length of the ladder, each section of a multi-section ladder shall overlap the adjacent section by at least the number of feet stated in the following:

    Normal length of ladder (feet)                                                      Overlap (feet)

    Up to and including                    36                                                     3
    Over 36, up to and including    48                                                     4
    Over 48, up to                             60                                                     5

    Extension ladders shall be equipped with positive stops which will insure the overlap specified in the table above.

    "General specifications - step ladders."

    The length of a stepladder is measured by the length of the front rail. To be classified as a standard length ladder, the measured length shall be within plus or minus one-half inch of the specified length. Stepladders shall not exceed 20 feet in length.

    The bottoms of the four rails are to be supplied with insulating non-slip material for the safety of the user.

    A metal spreader or locking device of sufficient size and strength to securely hold the front and back sections in the open position shall be a component of each stepladder. The spreader shall have all sharp points or edges covered or removed to protect the user.

    "General specifications - trestles and extension trestle ladders."

    Trestle ladders or extension sections or base sections of extension trestle ladders shall be not more than 20 feet in length.

    "General specifications - platform ladders."

    The length of a platform ladder shall not exceed 20 feet. The length of a platform ladder shall be measured along the front rail from the floor to the platform.

    "Care and maintenance of ladders" -

    "General." To get maximum serviceability, safety, and to eliminate unnecessary damage of equipment, good safe practices in the use and care of ladder equipment must be employed by the users.

    The following rules and regulations are essential to the life of the equipment and the safety of the user.

    "Care of ladders."

    Ladders must be maintained in good usable condition at all times.

    If a ladder is involved in any of the following, immediate inspection is necessary:

    If ladders tip over, inspect ladder for side rails dents or bends, or excessively dented rungs; check all rung-to-side-rail connections; check hardware connections; check rivets for shear.

    If ladders are exposed to oil and grease, equipment should be cleaned of oil, grease, or slippery materials. This can easily be done with a solvent or steam cleaning.

    Ladders having defects are to be marked and taken out of service until repaired by either maintenance department or the manufacturer.

    Use of ladders."

    A simple rule for setting up a ladder at the proper angle is to place the base a distance from the vertical wall equal to one-fourth the working length of the ladder.

    Portable ladders are designed as a one-man working ladder based on a 200-pound load.

    The ladder base section must be placed with a secure footing.

    The top of the ladder must be placed with the two rails supported, unless equipped with a single support attachment.

    When ascending or descending, the climber must face the ladder.

    Ladders must not be tied or fastened together to provide longer sections. They must be equipped with the hardware fittings necessary if the manufacturer endorses extended uses.

    Ladders should not be used as a brace, skid, guy or gin pole, gangway, or for other uses than that for which they were intended, unless specifically recommended for use by the manufacturer.

    See 1910.333(c) for work practices to be used when work is performed on or near electric circuits.

    [39 FR 23502, June 27, 1974, as amended at 43 FR 49745, Oct. 24, 1978; 49 FR 5321, Feb. 10, 1984; 55 FR 32014, Aug. 6, 1990]

    Ladder-SafetyLadder Safety - OSHA Safety Training: Ladders are one of the most commonly used pieces of equipment in almost any work environment. From common stepladders to sophisticated extension ladders, they can be found almost everywhere.

    Our training products on "Ladder Safety" show that because they are so common, many employees take ladders for granted, and don''t take the appropriate precautions when using ladders. Topics covered in these products include:

    • Ladder selection.
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    • Setting up and moving ladders.
    • Climbing on ladders.
    • Ladder accidents.
    • and more.

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  • Spring Weather

    Remember that Spring is about change. It can also mean surprises - be sure you are ready...

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    Your back is the essential of your human frame - we've talked about The Spine5 Key Considerations for the Safe Lifting, and Ways to improve your Ergonomic Health - now let's look at Lifting.

    One very important reason to follow safe lifting practices is to protect your back. Unsafe lifting can either be an immediate harm or cause problems over a period of time.  Either way, lifting can result in serious back problems.  The spine is made up of many small bones called vertebrae.  In between each vertebra is a disc that acts like a cushion between the bones. When you are young, there is plenty of fluid that lubricates each disc.  The older you get, the more stiff and rigid the discs become.  You don’t necessarily notice any change in your discs as you grow older because there are no nerves within the discs.  As your discs become weakened from pressure, they can rupture.  When this happens, the jell-like substance inside of the disc squeezes out.  It puts pressure on the nerve in the spinal column creating pain.


    When standing straight, the back supports 70-80% of body weight.  For example, a 200lb person’s spine supports 160lbs.  Bending at the waist, the weight the back supports increases by 6 times. (160lbs. X 6 = 960lbs.)

    Lifting a weight of 45 lbs. while bending, multiplies the weight the back must lift by 6. (45lbs. X 6 = 270lbs.)  Therefore, a 200lb. person incorrectly lifting a 45lb. object is forcing the spine to support 1,230lbs. (960lbs. + 270lbs. =1,230lbs.)


    Your back is very prone to muscle tension.  When you get a muscle spasm, you will know by the jabbing pain.  You also may feel a knot in the muscle.  This is the muscle contracting.  It is the body’s natural way of preventing more damage to your spine.  The spasm chokes off the oxygen and circulation.  Lactic acid and other waste products build up in the muscle.  The muscle gets more stiff and shortens.  This causes pressure on the spine.  The spine becomes “locked” and you can no longer move freely.


    It takes effort to relax muscles in this cycle.  The body tends to tense up even more from pain.  To break the pain cycle:

    • Find your comfort zone and hold your body in that position in whatever activity you do. Keep in mind good posture.  Stand and sit erect with your feet planted firmly on the ground.  Keep the hips tilted slightly forward with the abdomen and buttocks firm.
    • During the first 24 hours, ice and rest are the best ways to take care of a muscle spasm. Apply an ice bag for 10-15 minutes.  Repeat once or twice over the next 8-12 hours.  Heat can be used after the first 24 hours.  Never use a heating pad for more than 15-20 minutes at a time.
    • Medication may help relax painful muscles. Aspirin and Ibuprofen are the best over-the-counter, anti-inflammatory drugs.  Use prescription muscle relaxants or sedatives carefully.  They actually disrupts true relaxation and sleep.  Alcohol or illegal drugs only mask pain temporarily and prolong the pain cycle.
    • Relax your mind. Sit or lie comfortably. Tighten each muscle for the count of 5.  Relax and breathe deeply after tensing each muscle.
    • If you continue to experience pain that cannot be relieved with changing positions , applying ice, massage, or relaxation, consult your doctor.
    Back Safety What's worse than a back injury? Our safety booklets, CD-ROMs, DVD programs, and compliance kits will provide you with all the information you and your employees need to know properly care for your back. Following OSHA standards, you can rest assured that you are compliant within your industry. There is even a safety game to keep training fun and innovative. Back Safety
    What's worse than a back injury? Our safety booklets, CD-ROMs, DVD programs, and compliance kits will provide you with all the information you and your employees need to know properly care for your back. Following OSHA standards, you can rest assured that you are compliant within your industry. There is even a safety game to keep training fun and innovative.


    • Plan each lift before you start, including the path you will be traveling.
    • Size up the load. Can you carry it or do you need help?
    • Get any needed equipment to help transport the load - including a hand truck, pushcart, forklift or wheelbarrow. Use snug-fitting gloves to help you grip the load you’re about to lift.
    • Bend your knees and keep your back as straight as possible.
    • Crouch, don’t squat.
    • Get close to the load, and hug it to your body before lifting.
    • Keep your head, shoulders, and hips in a straight line.
    • Reverse the steps for lifting when setting the load down - keeping the pressure on your arms and legs, not on your back.
    • Prevent back strains by not bending at the waist to pick up any object.


    Keeping your body strong and flexible is your best insurance against back injury.

    • Do strengthening exercises to build support for your spine. They strengthen the abdomen and lower back.
    • Move your body on a regular basis. Whole body exercises, like brisk walking, bike riding, and swimming improve circulation and help tone all the muscles in the body.  Exercising 3 times a week for 30 minutes a session will help you stay in shape.
    • Extra weight can place more stress on your back. When you stay at your proper weight, you take much of the strain off your back.
    • Stretch to increase flexibility. Get in the habit of stretching every day.


    • Let your abdomen, legs, and buttocks do the work.
    • Get close to the load. Grab the load safely with your hands placed under the object.
    • Bend your knees, with feet slightly spread for balance and stability.
    • Keep your head, shoulders, and hips in a straight line as you lift. Do not twist.
    • Reverse these steps when you set a load down. Move slowly and smoothly without twisting.
    • To change direction of carry, do not twist. This is especially crucial when doing repetitive lifting.  Turn your entire body, including your feet.
    • Never lift from a sitting position. Sitting puts more pressure on the spine. Stand before you lift.
    • Push rather than pull a load.
    • When the object is too heavy for one person to lift, admit it and get some help.

    back-safety-tileOur training products on "Back Safety" emphasize the importance of overall back care, both at work and at home, including exercises and weight control. Topics covered in these products include:

    • How the back works.
    • Common types and causes of back injuries.
    • Effects of back injuries.
    • Injury prevention and safety practices.
    • Proper lifting techniques.
    • and more.

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  • It is a lot to take in

    With all this, how is is we can deplete the resources? Happy Earth Day - appreciate your home.Earth-big

  • Sulu

    SuluHappy birthday to George Takei! The Japanese American actor turns 79 today. Takei is perhaps best known from his role as Lt. Hikaru Sulu on "Star Trek," and after the show ended he, for the most part, stayed out of the Hollywood spotlight. Instead he began focusing on local politics and city planning. He has, however, remained a cultural icon and since the mid-2000s has re-emerged into the public eye, most recently by gracing the Broadway stage in the musical "Allegiance." Not only that, he has also become an active figure on social media, particularly Facebook. He's gained a large following for his punny captions to crazy articles and memes. Some are less than safe for work, so be careful while you're browsing! Oh my.

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