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Monthly Archives: May 2016

  • CPR & AED AWARENESS $ALE

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    Believe it or not, our best CPR Manikin deal ever is back… it has been years, but in recognition of CPR & AED Awareness Week, we’re offering 20% off CPR Prompt®, Basic Buddy™, and Prestan® Products… even the awesome Prestan bilingual AED Trainer and the new Prestan Ultralite® Manikins!

    The manufacturers control pricing on these products (it’s called “Minimum Advertised Price policy”) so we are very fortunate to have permission to offer all of these best-selling CPR & AED training products at an even more exceptional value to help you raise awareness of critical lifesaving skills. Take advantage of this very rare deal to build your manikin militia and go wage war on sudden death!

    While we at American CPR Training™ have always promoted CPR & AED Awareness month, you’ll want to hurry to take advantage of these National CPR & AED Awareness Week Deals now. Enter code "Aware" in your shopping cart (not at checkout) for this EXTRA 20% OFF while stock is available.


    Offer expires at Midnight 06/30/16 Available Online at AmericanCPR.com or Toll Free - Offer cannot be combined with any other offers or incentives. Offer cannot be applied to completed orders. While supplies last, offer subject to substitution or change without notice. Call with questions or for further details.

  • Happy Memorial Day

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  • Is your Business First Aid Kit Compliant?

    It may be TODAY, but won't be soon - new guidelines are effective June 17th!

    Learn about ANSI Z308.1-2015 First Aid Guidelines and how they affect your OSHA Compliance.

    Remember, too - as the labels state:

    Kit meets the ANSI/ISEA Z308.1-2015 standard as sold. It contains first aid products which meet performance specifications detailed in the standard at the below required minimum fill. It will continue to be compliant only when maintained with products that meet the standard at specified quantities.

    ANSI ISEA Z308 1-2015 Class A First Aid Kit Label

  • Staying Hydrated

    Here we are at the end of Extreme Heat Week, but that just means the "awareness campaign" is drawing to a close,,, the real heat is coming!

    Some this to remember since Summer Heat is Coming:

    Common Heat Dangers 

    • Heat stroke is a serious medical emergency. Call 911 if you see someone suffering!
    • The signs of heat exhaustion include heavy sweating, clammy skin & a weak pulse - if you feel or see any of these in others it is time to cool off!

    Skin Protection

    • A sunscreen with SPF of at least 15 can keep your skin cool.
    • A burn from the sun can ruin your day, so wear a wide-brimmed hat to keep heat at bay.
    • The sunscreen on your skin will eventually dry, so reapply!

    Staying Hydrated

    • Caffeine and alcohol may sound fun, but they’re no good if you’re out in the sun!
    • Never attend a crowded outdoor event without plenty of water to avoid Dehydration. Remember, heat is a major killer.
    • Sports drinks have electrolytes that help you stay hydrated. Drink them WITH water to protect against Heat Illnesses.
    • Electrolyte tablets are a great remedy for dehydration, and even better to take before heading into the heat as a preventative measure!

    Outdoor Safety

    • Dizziness is a sign of heat exhaustion. If you get woozy, go inside for a cool drink to cool off.
    • If you start to get tired playing out in the sun, go back inside for some indoor fun!
    • If you’re outside during an event, know where First Aid services are!

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  • Injury and Violence in the U.S.

    By the Numbers - FREE Infographic

    Today the CDC Injury Center released a new infographic: Injury and Violence in the U.S. by the Numbers. The infographic provides a snapshot of injury and violence and conveys the magnitude of the problem in terms of morbidity, mortality and cost to society. It highlights key data and proven prevention strategies for Motor Vehicle Injury, Prescription Drug Overdose, Child Abuse and Neglect, Older Adult Falls, Sexual Violence and Youth Sports Concussions.

    workplace-violence-tileWorkplace violence is becoming more prevalent in our society today. One out of every six violent crimes occurs in the workplace. While workplace homicides grab the headlines (homicide is the second leading cause of death on the job and the number one killer of women in the workplace), other forms of workplace violence happen much more frequently. No organization, regardless of size or type of business, is immune to workplace violence. Our training products on Workplace Violence show employees how to recognize the warning signs of possible violent behavior, as well as how to avoid or defuse potentially dangerous situations. Some of the informative topics on this subject include underlying causes of workplace violence, the warning signs, aggressive behavior, threats and verbal abuse, sexual harassment, physical assault.

    WHO IS AT RISK FOR WORKPLACE VIOLENCE? Nearly 2 million American workers report having been victims of workplace violence each year. Unfortunately, many more cases go unreported. The truth is, workplace violence can strike anywhere, anytime, and no one is immune. Research has identified factors that may increase the risk of violence for some workers at certain worksites. Such factors include exchanging money with the public and working with volatile, unstable people. Working alone or in isolated areas may also contribute to the potential for violence. Providing services and care, and working where alcohol is served may also impact the likelihood of violence. Additionally, time of day and location of work, such as working late at night or in areas with high crime rates, are also risk factors that should be considered when addressing issues of workplace violence.


    Every year 199,800 people die from injuries and violence. For every person that dies, 13 are hospitalized and 135 are treated in an emergency room. Learn more about injuries and violence and what can be done to prevent them:

    • 2.5 million people were hospitalized due to injuries in 2014
    • 26.9 million people were treated in an emergency department for injuries in 2014

    Injury and violence also has an alarming economic toll. The total costs of injuries and violence in the United States was $671 billion in 2013. The costs associated with fatal injuries was $214 billion while nonfatal injuries accounted for over $457 billion.

    Infographic: Injury and Violence in the U.S. by the Numbers:

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  • New ANSI First Aid Standard

    ANSI set new standards for Minimum Requirements for Workplace First Aid Kits and Supplies, which go into effect June 17th.

    Businesses are scrambling to get new ANSI 2015 First Aid Kits and ANSI 2015 Compliant First Aid Cabinets on order before the deadline to maintain  compliance and assure they don't get fines from OSHA or other regulatory agencies.

    ANSI has now designated two classes of First Aid Kits -

    Class A: Contents designed to deal with most common types of workplace injuries

    Class B: Broader range and quantity of supplies to deal with injuries in more complex or high-risk environments

    ANSI Says that in deciding which class of kit is more appropriate for a given workplace, employers should consider the risks and task load of the work environment and the potential severity and likelihood of occurrence of an injury. Employers should also consider whether multiple first aid kits are needed, based on the number of employees, physical layout of the work environment and the remoteness of the work-site to emergency services.

    The New First aid kit and supply requirements Z308.1-2015 call for much more content in the business first aid kits - the previous optional, or supplemental first aid items are now part of the required minimum fill, and many new items have been required.

    There are 12 new types of first aid items and significantly higher counts of previously ANSI standard first aid supplies required in these new ANSI workplace first aid kits that were never before required. This adds up to 22 additional pieces in the basic ANSI Class A workplace first aid kit, and a whopping 145 extra pieces in the Class B Kits and Cabinets.

    An American National Standard implies a consensus of those substantially concerned with its scope and provisions. An American National Standard is intended as a guide to aid the manufacturer, the consumer, and general public. The existence of an American National Standard does not in any respect preclude anyone, whether he has approved the standard or not, from manufacturing, marketing, purchasing, or using products, processes, or procedures not conforming to the standard. American National Standards are subject to periodic review and users are cautioned to obtain the latest edition.

    See all New ANSI 2015 Standard Compliant First Aid Kits and Cabinets! See all New ANSI 2015 Standard Compliant First Aid Kits and Cabinets!
  • Summer Heat is Coming

    parched earthIt is Extreme Heat Week...  by Presidential Proclamation, and efforts of such groups as OSHA and NOAA (especially through their Weather Ready Nation program and Ambassadors) awareness of the dangers of hot climates is a major focus this week.

    Heat Illnesses including Dehydration can cause serious harm, and even death. With our climate changing, the summers are getting hotter and the risks are rising along with the temperatures.

    What Climate Change Means for Your Health and Family

    As part of the commitment in the President’s Climate Action Plan, the Obama Administration a new final report called The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment was released, which significantly advances what we know about the impacts of climate change on public health.

    A few examples of the increased health risks found in the assessment include:

    • Air pollution and airborne allergens will likely increase, worsening allergy and asthma conditions. Future ozone-related human health impacts attributable to climate change are projected to lead to hundreds to thousands of premature deaths, hospital admissions, and cases of acute respiratory illnesses each year in the United States by 2030, including increases in asthma episodes and other adverse respiratory effects in children. Ragweed pollen season is longer now in central North America, having increased by as much as 11 to 27 days between 1995 and 2011, which impacts some of the nearly 6.8 million children in the United States affected by asthma and susceptible to allergens due to their immature respiratory and immune systems.
    • ELECTROLYTES When a body gets out of electrolyte balance, due to excessive perspiration, the body can start to cramp, feel fatigued and start the onset of heat exhaustion. Make sure you keep your body's electrolyte balance in check with our Electrolyte tablets. Available in 100, 250 and 500 tablets per bulk size, you can make sure you keep the body in balance during strenuous workouts or competition. ELECTROLYTES
      When a body gets out of electrolyte balance, due to excessive perspiration, the body can start to cramp, feel fatigued and start the onset of heat exhaustion. Make sure you keep your body's electrolyte balance in check with our Electrolyte tablets. Available in 100, 250 and 500 tablets per bulk size, you can make sure you keep the body in balance during strenuous workouts or competition.

      Extreme heat can be expected to cause an increase in the number of premature deaths, from thousands to tens of thousands, each summer, which will outpace projected decreases in deaths from extreme cold. One model projected an increase, from a 1990 baseline for more than 200 American cities, of more than an additional 11,000 deaths during the summer in 2030 and more than an additional 27,000 deaths during the summer in 2100.

    • Warmer winter and spring temperatures are projected to lead to earlier annual onset of Lyme disease cases in the eastern United States and a generally northward expansion of ticks capable of carrying the bacteria that cause Lyme disease. Between 2001 and 2014, both the distribution and the number of reported cases of Lyme disease increased in the Northeast and Upper Midwest.
    • Increase the risks of water-related illnesses. Runoff from more frequent and intense extreme precipitation events, and increased water temperatures, will increasingly compromise recreational waters, shellfish harvesting waters, and sources of drinking water, increasing risks of waterborne illness.
    • Climate change, including rising temperatures and changes in weather extremes, is expected to increase the exposure of food to certain pathogens and toxins. Rising temperature and increases in flooding, runoff events, and drought will likely lead to increases in the occurrence and transport of pathogens in agricultural environments, which will increase the risk of food contamination and human exposure to pathogens and toxins. This will increase health risks and require greater vigilance in food safety practices and regulation.
    • Climate change will have the largest health impact on vulnerable populations including those with low incomes, some communities of color, limited English proficiency and immigrant groups, Indigenous peoples, children, pregnant women, older adults, vulnerable occupational groups, persons with disabilities, and persons with preexisting or chronic medical conditions.
    • Extreme weather and other events related to climate change will impact health by exacerbating underlying medical conditions, increasing exposure to foodborne and waterborne illness risks, and disrupting infrastructure, including power, water, transportation, and communication systems, that are essential to maintaining access to health care and emergency response services and safeguarding human health.
  • CPR & AED Awareness

    June is CPR & AED Awareness Month

    Learn CPR Now! Learn CPR Now!

    American CPR Training™ encourages all of our responsible and conscientious clients to help us support and promote National CPR & AED Awareness Week.

    By participating in the program, we can raise the public awareness regarding Sudden Cardiac Arrest and increase the chance of survival by having at least one person in each household trained and an employee for each shift and every department trained in CPR and the use of an AED.

    Start Planning Now! Will YOU work with us to promote CPR and AED training in your community?

    In 2008, Congress designated the first week of June for observation of National CPR / AED Awareness Week, with the goal of encouraging all states, cities and towns to establish organized programs which provide CPR and AED training to the public. We at American CPR Training™ realize that not everyone can arrange a class or promote CPR & AED Awareness the first week (especially with Memorial Day cutting into this week) so we've made it our policy since 2008 to promote CPR & AED Awareness Month.

  • Feel the Heat

    With Hurricane Preparedness Week having ended yesterday, we head directly into Extreme Heat Week.

    heat_tipsSummers can be hot and dry in the Northern Hemisphere, and with recent climate changes we have been experiencing heat waves throughout the US nearly every year.

    Extreme Heat is a Killer. While affecting older adults and young children most commonly, it affects all and often outdoor workers most dramatically.

    Employers and employees must all consider the dangers of working in the head, from Dehydration, to Sunburn, to illnesses and injuries including heat cramps, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and more.

    OSHA gives some guidelines,, definitions, and a matrix they call the heat index to help:

    Outdoor workers include any workers who spend a substantial portion of the shift outdoors. Examples include construction workers, agricultural workers, baggage handlers, electrical power transmission and control workers, and landscaping and yard maintenance workers. These workers are at risk of heat-related illness when the heat index is high. Additional risk factors are listed below. These must be taken into consideration even when the heat index is lower.

    • Work in direct sunlight - adds up to 15 degrees to the heat index.
    • Perform prolonged or strenuous work
    • Wear heavy protective clothing or impermeable suits
    Heat Index Risk Level Protective Measures
    Less than 91°F Lower (Caution) Basic heat safety and planning
    91°F to 103°F Moderate Implement precautions and heighten awareness
    103°F to 115°F High Additional precautions to protect workers
    Greater than 115°F Very High to Extreme Triggers even more aggressive protective measures

     

  • Where is your Hurricane Harbor?

    shelter_signThis is the end of Hurricane Preparedness Week. Is your home a safe harbor in a hurricane? What about your work? What will you do if on the road when the winds whip in?

    The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provides a wealth of information on getting ready for Hurricane Season. As Weather Ready Nation Ambassadors, American CPR Training™ urges you to take a few moments to peruse these resources and learn how to be safe and ready for storm surges, inland flooding, and all the other hurricane (aka Typhoon or Cyclone) related dangers.

    While we all know it is critical to have emergency supplies ready for whatever calamity may strike., they are of little use when you don't know what to do... preparation is key,and knowledge your greatest tool of all.

    Take a look at the WRN Hurricane Preparedness Week page where you can read about:


    How to Determine your risk: Find out what types of wind and water hazards could happen where you live, and then start preparing now for how to handle them. Hurricanes...


    Developing an evacuation plan: The first thing you need to do is find out if you live in a storm surge hurricane evacuation zone or if you’re in a home that...


    Securing an insurance check-up: Call your insurance company or agent and ask for an insurance check-up to make sure you have enough homeowners insurance to repair or...


    Assembling disaster supplies: You’re going to need supplies not just to get through the storm but for the potentially lengthy and unpleasant aftermath...


    Strengthening your home: If you plan to ride out the storm in your home, make sure it is in good repair and up to local hurricane building code specifications. Many of these...


    Identifying your trusted sources of information for a hurricane event: NOAA's National Hurricane Center and Central Pacific Hurricane Center are your official sources for...


    Completing your written hurricane plan: The time to prepare for a hurricane is before the season begins, when you have the time and are not under pressure. If you wait until...

    Watch this free video to learn more!

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