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Monthly Archives: November 2016

  • Five Ways Smartphones Enhance Workplace Safety

    A recent white paper on workplace safety from web-based management systems company Intelex concluded that smartphone technologies have the ability to improve occupational health and safety. The paper notes that strides towards zero injury goals have slowed with traditional methods and that, by adopting a mobile-driven approach to safety, businesses can “identify, reduce and prevent workplace hazards faster and at a greater scale.” This report come presents positive news for employers who may have previously viewed smartphones as, at best, a means of communication and, at worst, a distraction for employees. Here are five ways smartphones can improve workplace safety.

    Documentation

    The smartphone camera is an essential tool in increasing workplace safety. Most phones come equipped with powerful cameras that have the ability to take detailed pictures and videos. Employers should encourage workers to use their phones to document potential hazards and unsafe workplace conditions. A photograph or video of a safety violation is much more effective than a written report that can be easily misinterpreted or downplayed. Likewise, employees should use the camera to capture best practices and methods to easily share with their coworkers or new hires. Finally, the slow motion video function, native on most smartphones, can be used to complete an ergonomic analysis of workers performing tasks.

    Lone Employees

    For employees who travel or who work remotely, the smartphone is already an indispensible tool for functions like communication and navigation, but it can also help improve their safety. Employers should provide a phone with a long battery life to aid an employee lost or in danger. For example, the Samsung Galaxy S6 features 20 hours of talk time and 12 days of standby time. Additionally, when an employee is working alone, the GPS locator app that is included with most smartphones, is an essential fail-safe. Locator chips allow employers to access the location of employees in the field every few minutes or as needed.

    Record Keeping

    Employees can use their smartphone to keep detailed notes of safety concerns, incidents and investigations. Most phones come with an app that will allow the user to take notes, integrate pictures and record voice memos. This kind of note-taking, combined with stronger phones that can be used even in the most hazardous locations, will result in a more thorough and permanent record of safety issues (no more lost papers or notes that are taken out of context or not dated).

    DID YOU KNOW? There is an abundance of OSHA training materials in book and CD form that can be used by employers and employees alike to make sure they are up to date on the safety standards and regulations that pertain to their industry and job. Also there are alot of other type of materials such as safety posters and games that can be used to make sure that employees and even employers know how and what safety regulations need to be followed. Safety posters can be generally informative of regulations that can pertain to their specific job and/or industry or can direct employees where to find safety items such as emergency showers and flushing stations. Keep up to date and informed! DID YOU KNOW? There is an abundance of OSHA training materials in book and CD form that can be used by employers and employees alike to make sure they are up to date on the safety standards and regulations that pertain to their industry and job. Also there are alot of other type of materials such as safety posters and games that can be used to make sure that employees and even employers know how and what safety regulations need to be followed. Safety posters can be generally informative of regulations that can pertain to their specific job and/or industry or can direct employees where to find safety items such as emergency showers and flushing stations. Keep up to date and informed!

    A company's infrastructure and quality control is only as good as the records they keep. Help managers and supervisors meet the updated recordkeeping requirements of the OSHA regulation 29 CFR Part 1904. These products provide the information needed by workers at all levels to help a facility comply with OSHA's revised regulation, and allow an organization to quickly identify and eliminate repetitive hazard situations. This product includes two videotape/DVD training programs, OSHA Record keeping for Managers and Supervisors and OSHA Recordkeeping for Employees, that cover the details of the regulation's requirements, show actual workplace incidents demonstrating what each level of employee's responsibilities are in documenting and reporting recordable accidents, and review the information that they need to provide.

    UPDATE TO OSHA RECORDKEEPING RULES - OSHA will now receive crucial reports of fatalities and severe work-related injuries and illnesses that will significantly enhance the agency’s ability to target our resources to save lives and prevent further injury and illness. This new data will enable the agency to identify the workplaces where workers are at the greatest risk and target our compliance assistance and enforcement resources accordingly.

    Video Conferencing

    When there is an incident that necessitates a meeting of employees at multiple sites, the video conferencing feature (e.g. Google Hangouts or Skype) will expedite the process. Video conferencing also adds a visual component to meetings that can aid in mutual understanding of the issues at hand.

    Safety-specific Apps

    There are hundreds of third party apps that will aid in workplace safety for everything from data collection to report generation to ongoing education in industry-specific practices. According to the Intelex white paper, encouraging employees to use these apps gives them real-time access to safety tools and promotes accountability and buy-in for overall workplace safety. Most employees, millennials in particular, are more engaged with safety practices when they are an active part of the process. Apps for data collection or completion of safety-related tasks make the process a fun and positive experience for employees.

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  • Remember, Remember.. First Aid in November!

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    Risk for injuries and heart attack both rise dramatically during the holiday season. There are many reasons: Sudden Cardiac Arrest increase is commonly attributed to holiday stress, as well as the consumption of richer foods and alcohol. Injuries and accidents rise due to cooking (often with many people in an unfamiliar kitchen), holiday lights and decorations, space heaters, and more.
    No matter what the reason, give life this season! Whether your group is still within the 2 year certification period or not, a refresher course in CPR and First Aid is timely, makes a great gift, and could help keep everyone safe. Remember that 80% of all bystander CPR is performed on loved ones!

    Now… if you want to give the gift of lifesaving, we’ll pitch in too. Not only are our CPR, First Aid & AED Classes ½ the Time, ½ the Price, and TWICE the Fun!™, but you can save even more by combining classes and, we’ll add a FREE CPR KEYCHAIN MASK for every person in your group if you schedule and conduct your class in November or December!
    (See how to get your free deal and view the CPR Keychains, or purchase some if you like for gifts at the links below.)

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    CPR

    CPR Training for Bystander and Healthcare

    Adult, Child & Infant CPR
    (New Guidelines - Full CPR & Compression-Only!)
    2½ Hours
    $16.50 - $29 per student
    2 Year Certification
    Includes Student Handbook, Certification Card, CPR Reminder Pen, Student Practice Materials & More

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    AED

    Automated External Defibrillator Training

    AED
    Automated External Defibrillation

    2½ Hours
    $16.50 - $29 per student
    2 Year Certification
    Includes Student Handbook, Certification Card, Reminder Pen, Student Practice Materials & More

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    First Aid

    First Aid Safety Training

    Basic 1st Aid & Emergency Care
    2 Hours
    $16.50 - $29 per student
    2 Year Certification
    Includes Student Handbook, Certification Card, Reminder Pen, Student Practice Materials & More

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    Two students practicing examination and compressions on a manikin. This is a link which you may click on to request a quote for CPR training instructions and more.

    How it works: Get your CPR, First Aid, or AED Quote by clicking below (or combination of any/all these). After reviewing the super-low quote price, schedule your class with our team to happen at your location in November or December & we’ll add a free CPR keychain for each student. For single topics, we’ll add the mini keychain, or the larger keychain with gloves if you hold a multi-topic class! You must mention you want the “Free CPR Keychain Deal” when scheduling, as we can’t send them out after a class – we need to include them with your materials so we can hand out to the students on the day of the class. If you would like to purchase some for gifts or safety reminders – you may do that too – just click below.

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