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A Year In Preparedness: Tips for Preparedness Through All Seasons of Safety

September 2, 2015

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When you think preparedness what do you think of? First thing that pops into my head is hurricane season, evacuations, wild fires; national preparedness month is September which falls in line with that way of thinking, but where does that leave your preparedness plan for the rest of the year?  Preparedness really should be a yearlong, continuous effort; awareness of your local conditions and the steps your facility can take to protect your business assets against any dangers.

Winter, summer, spring and fall, they all bring with them causes for concern.

Fall: Leaves change, compliance stays the same? As summer says farewell, many start preparing for the back half of the year. Pushing to finish out strong and don’t forget inventory, leading to higher stress levels, longer hours and quite possibly more mistakes? Minds are tired, and rushed; a dangerous cocktail when it comes to protecting against real hazards that pop up when corners are cut. It’s almost the holiday season so we rush to get everything done, and work on.

Winter: the biggie. Blizzards, icy condition, and the sheer weight of snow pile up and where to put it all, as temperatures plunge to new found lows. Driving is dangerous and heck even walking is a hassle. Muscles are achy, people are sick and more often than not just in a cold mood. Still we find ways to deal and work on.

Spring: Hibernation to full court press. It’s been a long cold hard winter no doubt, but here comes rain, and a lot of it. When’s the last time you backed up your important files. Leaky roof, slips, trips, and falls, and processes in need of maintenance all in the name of “spring cleaning”. As your facilities prepare for a summer that passes in the blink of an eye, there is so much work to do to get production moving. In the name of driving revenue we prepare and work on.

Summer: Hot, Hot, Hot! We’re talking heat stress, and driving dangers behind the wheel and on the sidewalk. Working in direct sunlight leads to total body exhaustion, not to mention heightened risks for skin cancer, dehydration at the very least. All of this while more people are driving, it is the prime time for road work, and therefore more accidents on the roads, recently hitting dangerous highs not seen since 2007.  It’s summer though and the sun is out, so we suck it up enjoy it while it lasts and work on.

Before you know it you’re back at where you began and it’s time to do it all again. The point being there is no single time in the year when a facility should focus on “preparedness” because it is marked on a calendar.  In every safety meeting make it a point to go over preparedness tactic for your facility and the season of safety that you are in.

How are you keeping your facility prepared all year round?

 

The Spread of Disease in Your Workplace

October 23, 2014

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The Ebola virus is capable of posing severe, life-threatening risk, but it is not spread through casual contact; therefore, the likelihood of an outbreak in the U.S. is very low at this point in time. A person must first have been in close physical contact with an infected patient, their blood or bodily fluids and secondly have active symptoms themselves in order to spread Ebola onto others. Even though Ebola might not pose an immediate threat in your workplace at the moment there are sure fire ways to cut down on the potential for the spread of germs and harmful bacterias throughout your workplace.

Preventative actions:

  • Get vaccinated for flu season.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds; use an alcohol-based hand rub
  • Avoid touching your nose, mouth, and eyes.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, or cough and sneeze into your upper sleeve.
  • Keep frequently touched common surfaces clean
  • Avoid sharing phones, desks, office supplies, computers, or other work tools and equipment. If you must use a coworker’s equipment, consider cleaning it first with a disinfectant.
  • Avoid shaking hands or coming in close contact with coworkers and others who may be ill.
  • Stay in shape. Eat a healthy diet. Get plenty of rest, exercise, and relaxation.
  • Participate in any training offered by your employer.
  • Stay at home if you begin to develop symptoms.

Last year it was SARS and Swine Flu, this year Ebola and Enterovirus are on our radar; however germs and bacteria are always around and can just as easily cause illness and spread. This year’s current events should act as a reminder of how important it is to foster a clean and healthy workplace at all times throughout your facility not just when it is making headlines.

For more information on Ebola, and other infectious disease protocol visit:

https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/ebola/index.html

https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/healthcarefacilities/infectious_diseases.html

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A Higher Dimension: Why Use 3D Projection Signs

August 29, 2014

In cases of emergency, even a few seconds can be the difference between “saved” and “impaired”, which is why you need to install signs that immediately inform your workers what to do and where to proceed to when an accident occurs.

3D Projection Signs - AED

NEVER SKIP A HEARTBEAT. A 3D AED sign quickly informs your workers where they can find an automated external defibrillator.

Emedco is launching new 3D first aid signs, which are perfect for that job. Here’s why:

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Eyewash and 3-Way Sign Kits Keep Workers Aware and Safe

August 7, 2014

When it comes to dealing with eye injuries, responding quickly is of paramount concern. This means you should immediately take an injured worker to an emergency eye wash station to prevent lasting damage, and eye wash stations in your facility must be clearly identified.

Eyewash and 3-Way Sign Kits

Identify eyewash stations better with 3-way signs.

 

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Don’t Take the Heat

July 11, 2014

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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 begins 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.

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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.


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