Archive for the ‘First Aid’ Category

Don’t Take the Heat

July 11, 2014


Temperature variations that bring us all four seasons go from one extreme to the other, in what seems to be the blink of an eye. While the environment around us may be able to endure these drastic swings without consequence, the human body is very different. Maintaining a narrow range of deviation the human body core temperature averages a constant 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. As the mercury rises our body’s ability to regulate gets more difficult. The heart beings to pump faster, breathing and sweating increase. If the body can’t keep up with the changes that are happening around it, it begins to exhibit signs of heat cramps, exhaustion, or even stroke.

heatstresstableOSHA heat stress Index

In 2011, 61 workers died from heat illness and 4,420 additional workers became ill.

Heat Stress is influenced by several risk factors including climate conditions, the work environment, demands of the work, PPE and equipment, clothing and personal characteristics.

While there currently is no specific OSHA standard for heat stress employers are required under the General Duty Clause of the OSH Act to protect workers from recognized serious hazards. OSHA has cited and fined employers who expose workers to excessive heat.

Further highlighting the importance of keeping workers properly hydrated and taken care of during this summer season OSHA’s heat stress campaign provides many valuable resources for both educational and training purposes to make sure your workforce stays safe.

What Everyone Should See in Your First Aid Kit

May 20, 2014


Carry-All First Aid Kit

You need to be prepared for accidents and injuries in your workplace, and a well-equipped first aid kit is essential for such circumstances. As a matter of fact, having a first aid kit in your facility is part of the law!

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) lays out the “minimally acceptable” number and type of first aid accessories required according to OSHA 1910.266 App A. That in mind, we’ve prepared a simple list of the right materials you should fill your first aid kit with. Follow these guidelines, and be prepared for anything!


Save Space and Sight by Combining First Aid and Eyewash Stations!

February 13, 2014

No matter what kind of business you’re running, it’s always important to have first aid supplies for your workers. The risk of accident runs anywhere people work, and adequate resources for treating minor injuries and providing first-response care is not only good policy — it’s a part of regulatory compliance.

First Aid/Eyewash Stations

Save space and concentrate emergency resources with First Aid/Eyewash Stations!

The risk and expenditure is also greater for businesses that must also provide eyewash stations for treating eye injuries and other vision-threatening accidents. This can lead to problems with placement and space, as well-equipped first aid kits and eyewash stations can take up a significant amount of space, as well as maintenance and resupply overhead.

If this is a concern for your business, consider an inventive new solution to the space problem — a combination first aid/eyewash station!


Emedco 2014 Catalog: Your Guide to the Latest Workplace Solutions

January 21, 2014

We know you want to start the year right by improving your workplace safety standards and keeping your safety record flawless. Lucky you, we at Emedco have just released our catalog!

Emedco’s 2014 Buyer’s Guide

YOUR SHOPPING BIBLE. When in doubt, heed Emedco’s safety and security solutions.

The 2014 Buyer’s Guide is loaded with industry-leading brands you trust and products you need to start the year safe and secure! We’ve packed the buyer’s guide with informative product descriptions that can help you make smart buying decisions. With sections organized and color-coded, shopping is a breeze!

Here’s a sneak peek of some of our newest products, created with your input and feedback in mind:


The Basics of Emergency Preparedness

March 21, 2013

Just like an unwanted solicitor, emergencies knock on your door when you least expect them. But unlike for an unwanted solicitor, you can prepare for emergencies.

When you get ready for disasters, whether natural or man-made, be sure to devise effective emergency preparedness plans that even in worst-case scenarios will help you and your employees out of harm’s way. This includes keeping an emergency kit handy and preparing your facility for catastrophes.

Audible and Visual Emergency Signal

Alert your employees of possible danger with an Audible and Visual Emergency Signal.

Install emergency preparedness products such as smoke detectors and fire and carbon monoxide alarms to alert your employees of disasters. Help them evacuate if necessary by putting up glow-in-the-dark exit signs that will show their way out. Make sure you have emergency escape ladders to cater to those working in high-rise buildings.

You should also distribute emergency kits to your employees in case they get trapped.  Ready, a national public service campaign, provides helpful information on how you can build a complete emergency kit. Ready recommends assembling your kit as soon as possible because you may not have enough time to do so if you have to evacuate during an emergency. After an emergency, you may need to survive on your own, so pack sufficient quantities of food, water and other supplies to last at least 72 hours.

Basic services such as electricity, gas and telecommunication services may be cut off for days, weeks or even longer. Make sure your kit has these emergency preparedness products to help you manage during these possible outages. (more…)


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