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This is funny!
A squirrel had caused a short circuit that knocked out power, two power linemen were dispatched to an 80-year-old man’s home for the outage and discovered the unresponsive octogenarian in the road.
The linemen called 911 and the operator instructed the men to use an AED on the victim. After the AED’s automatic scan, it instructed them to begin CPR.
80 year old Jack Purvis is alive today, thanks to 911, CPR, and AED, two power linemen ( Dan Paul and Chase Horton ) and a squirrel.
Read the story in NWF DailyNews
Today is the First Day of Summer! (or so the calendar tells us - Meteorological Summer, or "real summer" began June 1st)
Summer is about fun and out-of-doors play, including cooling off in and around the water - it also brings risks of illness and injury that are much different than other seasons.. here are a few helpful articles to help to stay safe while enjoying the sun and fun:
Today is Bloomsday, the day that commemorates and celebrates the life of Irish writer James Joyce, whose novel "Ulysses" is set on June 16, 1904. Joyce chose the date, as it was the first outing that he and his wife-to-be, Nora Barnacle enjoyed together- walking around the Dublin suburb of Ringsend. The title "Bloomsday" is a play on the name of Ulysses' protagonist, Leopold Bloom, a modern day Ulysses, who navigates his way through Dublin over the course of one day. Joyce once said of the novel, "I want to give a picture of Dublin so complete that if the city one day suddenly disappeared from the earth it could be reconstructed out of my book." The novel is also notable for its playful use of language and invention of new words.
STATEMENT BY SECRETARY JOHNSON ON THE NEW NTAS BULLETIN
In December 2015, I announced the revision of the Department of Homeland Security’s National Terrorism Advisory System, or “NTAS,” to include an intermediate level NTAS “Bulletin.” We then issued a new NTAS Bulletin at the same time. The duration of the December Bulletin was six months, and expires tomorrow.
The Department of Homeland Security is today issuing a new NTAS Bulletin. This Bulletin reflects the tragic events of Orlando several days ago. Here is what is stated in the new Bulletin’s summary:
“In December, we described a new phase in the global threat environment, which has implications on the homeland. This basic assessment has not changed. In this environment, we are particularly concerned about homegrown violent extremists who could strike with little or no notice. The tragic events of Orlando several days ago reinforce this. Accordingly, increased public vigilance and awareness continue to be of utmost importance.”
This NTAS Bulletin goes on to describe the government’s counterterrorism efforts, and how the public can help and be prepared in the current environment. This includes an advisory to “[b]e prepared for increased security and plan ahead to anticipate delays and restricted/prohibited items.” This new Bulletin has a duration of five months, and will expire in mid-November, just before the start of the holiday season.
The full weight of the U.S. government – including our military, intelligence, law enforcement and homeland security communities, along with our partners in state and local law enforcement – is currently dedicated to detecting and defeating terrorism and protecting the homeland. This is our number one priority. In this current threat environment, which includes the prospect of homegrown violent extremism, the public has a role to play too. Public vigilance and awareness can and do make a difference. The NTAS Bulletin we release today is intended to contribute to an informed public, and promote public vigilance and awareness.
To read the new NTAS Bulletin, click https://www.dhs.gov/national-terrorism-advisory-system.
Learn how to help when terror and injury occur:
How can an organization with our name not proudly recognize this day?
Today day is Flag Day, an officially unofficial holiday commemorating the adoption of the US Flag by the Second Continental Congress. While proclaimed initially in 1916 by Woodrow Wilson, and every year since by each President then-in-office, and even recognized by Congress 70 years ago - it is still not a "real" holiday, meaning Federal workers do not get the day off, and it must be proclaimed each year by the executive office - or it won't exist. Interesting, eh?
What does the flag symbolize?
The 50 stars represent the number of states - this has changed, obviously over the years.
The colors represent:
Staying Safe: Protecting Disabled Employees at Work
The health and safety of disabled employees at work is extremely important. An easily accessible and safe workplace for disabled people will ultimately prove to be a safer and easily accessible place for all employees, clients and visitors.
The term ‘accessibility’ does not necessarily mean just access to the buildings. In a work environment, it also refers to the ease with which disabled workers can move independently and safely around the entire premises.
The Work Environment
If the existing design of the work site does not accommodate the special needs of disabled employees, adjustments must be made. These modifications will help disabled workers move around the premises safely and easily.
To avoid renovating workplaces and incurring additional costs later, it is best to incorporate these adjustments at the design and planning stage itself.
Training and Supervising
Adequate measures must be taken to ensure that disabled workers are not disadvantaged when it comes to health and safety training and instructions. Traditional modes of communication do not work when it comes to disabled employees.
Employers must ensure that the health and safety of disabled workers are main priorities and that designated staff provide support whenever necessary. Disability organizations also help companies devise innovative ways to communicate information to disabled employees.
All workplaces need to know how to support disabled workers in case of an emergency. Proper evacuation procedures must be in place for evacuating the disabled workers fast, if required. Companies must purchase special evacuation equipment and provide proper and accessible storage areas for them. Trained members of the staff assigned to help and alert disabled workers in case of evacuation must know basic sign language. Escape routes must be clearly established and made known to all the employees.
Vibrating, visual devices and lighted fire strobes are supplemental systems to the traditional, audible alarms that help alert disabled employees. Installing alarms in all possible areas including restrooms is important. Individually training all disabled workers in the health and safety norms of the workplace, evacuation procedures and escape routes is important so that they will not be entirely helpless in case of an emergency.
Disabled employees must also submit details regarding their medication and medical equipment, allergies, names and phone numbers of family members and doctors.
The work site must have basic medical supplies and first aid kits, gloves, and more - learn your specific needs.
Employers can consult local fire stations, police and rescue departments to find out what disabled workers need to do in case of an emergency; if they need to remain where they are and wait to be rescued or evacuated immediately.
Consulting the disabled employees themselves about their former experiences reveals valuable input that employers may not know otherwise. Procedures adopted without consulting the disabled workers may miss important information.
Health and Safety
Measures designed to protect employees from harm must not be used in a discriminatory way against the disabled workers by treating them less favorably than the rest. For example, employers must not claim that wheelchair users cannot escape from a building in an emergency or that a hearing-impaired worker cannot hear and respond to a fire alarm.
Employers need to do a risk assessment of the workplace and determine what measures can be taken to accommodate the disabled workers.
Assessing the Workplace for Risk
Risk assessment involves examining the workplace for what could cause harm to the disabled employees, to judge whether existing precautions are sufficient or not. The objective is to identify potential hazards and evaluate them to determine the extent of risk involved. If the risk is great, appropriate preventive measures are adopted to ensure future safety of the disabled employees.
Workers and employers alike must work together to improve the condition of a workplace, ensuring that it promotes equal opportunities and reasonable accommodation for all disabled individuals, whether employees or visitors. Needs of disabled people must be considered at the design and construction stage itself, rather than waiting for a disabled person to be employed and then making necessary adjustments.
Every year, thousands of workers are killed or injured in workplace accidents. In 2012, about 3.8 million workers had a nonfatal workplace injury or illness, according to The National Institute for Occupation Safety and Health (NIOSH). According to the U.S. Department of Labor, almost 4,700 workers were killed on the job in 2014.
NIOSH estimates that lost wages, workman’s comp, insurance and medical expenses add up to $192 billion, annually. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median number of days away from work to recuperate from workplace injury was eight days in 2013, and there were 109 incidents that required time away from work for every 10,000 workers. Clearly, the workplace can be dangerous — and costly.
OSHA regulations include specific requirements for safety in every industry or type of workplace. One area of particular interest: musculoskeletal disorders, can be caused by repetitive motions, improper lifting, or poorly designed tools and workplaces. Musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) include carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, rotator cuff (shoulder) injuries, epicondylitis (elbow), trigger finger and muscle strains or low back injuries.
While OSHA has defined specific regulations for industries in which workers are particularly susceptible to MSDs, it also issues general guidelines that apply to all industries, including:
? Provide management support
? Involve workers
? Provide training
? Identify problems
? Encourage early reporting of MSD symptoms
? Implement solutions to control hazards
? Evaluate progress
OSHA cites numerous independent studies that evaluated the effect of workplace wellness initiatives on the rate of injuries. One such study showed that effective workplace safety programs increased productivity by 43 percent and reduced costs by 28 percent. There were additional favorable outcomes affecting employee morale and retention. Additional research shows that state-mandated programs have highly positive effects. For example, Alaska mandated safety and wellness programs in 1973, and workplace injuries and illnesses decreased more than 17 percent. Hawaii showed a reduction of 20.7 percent. In addition, Massachusetts companies enjoyed a 20.8 percent improvement in loss ratios due to injury and illness. The evidence is staggering — workplace wellness initiatives work.
Effective Workplace Wellness Initiatives
One of the most effective parts of workplace wellness programs involves implementing solutions to prevent or reduce MSDs. OSHA recommends a three-phase program:
Engineering controls include making physical changes to the workplace that can reduce or eliminate hazards. This might include redesigning tools to enable neutral postures, repositioning a worktable to eliminate excessive reach, or offering easily adjustable ergonomic chairs or stools — so employees can work comfortably without strain.
Administrative and Work Practice Controls
By establishing efficient processes and procedures, the company eliminates excess or repetitive motions that can cause injury. Examples of these controls might include rotating employees to different tasks at regular intervals, or implementing a preventive maintenance program to ensure that tools work easily and are in good repair. Educating employees on how to protect themselves with proper position for the task at hand can also be effective.
Personal Protective Equipment
Employers have an obligation to provide personal protective equipment that reduces the risk of MSDs. This might include gloves, wrist braces or padding. It could also encompass ensuring that the employee has control over the arrangement of items on the work surface, the height of the desk or workstation, and appropriate adjustable seating.
Workplace Wellness Initiatives are Good Business
Not only does a workplace wellness initiative make sense from a business perspective, having an effective program in place is mandatory in most states for a wide range of industries. Most European countries have similar mandates, as do many countries in Asia Pacific and South America. If you’re interested in starting a workplace wellness program for your business, there are numerous sources for information and advice available from government, private and institutional sources.
The U.S. government agencies involved in monitoring workplace safety work closely with the American National Standards Institute and the American Industrial Hygiene Association. Your company insurance provider may also have excellent insight into the best solutions to adopt in your industry or environment.
Joel Vento is the head of marketing and sales at Concept Seating, manufacturer of ergonomic seating. Joel has over 20 years of experience in the seating industry. Mr. Vento headed the design team that designed the 3150 chair. Joel has a BS in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin Madison. Concept Seating produces a variety products like office task chairs and 24-hour dispatch chairs.
Want to try out owning a puppy for a few hours all while enjoying a vacation on a tropical island? According to Huffington Post, a dog rescue charity in Turks and Caicos, Potcake Place, says that the program has been quite successful at getting the playful pooches adopted by tourists and locals alike. In addition to the adoption rate success, the playtime also serves as socialization training for the pups. If you're jumping on a plane now to head down there,
You always want to protect and make sure your family is safe. This also includes the furry, four-legged family members. We have everything you need to make sure you can help your sick or injured pets (dogs, cats, horses, etc.) with our pet emergency first aid and supply products. Our kits are designed for handling minor first aid emergencies and stabilize them until you can reach a vet for treatment. With brands such as Me-Ow, Bow-Ow, Sporting Dog, Mayday and more, you know you are set to help your furry family friends!
DID YOU KNOW? Besides having a pet first aid and emergency kit to help out our furry friends in a time of an emergency, did you know you could sign up and take a Pet First Aid and CPR class? One out of four pets would survive if just one pet first aid technique was applied prior to getting emergency veterinary care, according to the American Animal Hospital Association. Having an emergency pet first aid kit and knowing how to properly use it can be two different things. Ask your vet where the closest Pet First Aid classes are and sign up!
The minimum requirements for workplace First Aid Kits and Supplies guidelines were approved to go into effect on June 17th, 2015 by the American National Standards Institute, Inc (ANSI). They decided to establish two classes of specific first aid kits, Class A and Class B. These kits have been classified into four types- depending on the work setting and ensuring that each kit contained both a variety and an adequate supply of the essential items needed to deal with the most common types of injuries and/or illnesses that could occur at a workplace.
Both kits have room for additional customizing. 2009 standards have been preserved for both class types, including the requirement of having scissors in both kits. A splint and a tourniquet are both required to be included in a class B kit. A splint by definition is a device used to immobilize body parts. A tourniquet by definition is a tight, wide band placed around an arm or a leg to constrict blood in order to stop flow through an artery. Pairing your kit with first aid training with better prepare the workplace to assist in case of an emergency.
Another variation of the standard requirements to be included is that the first aid kit containers be practical in regard to the workplace. The kits have been classified into four types. Type I kits are considered to be geared towards the general office settings, manufacturing facility or basic indoor use where there are no real high risk areas. These kits must have the ability to be mounted. Type II kits are to be transportable for indoor settings with no real “rough-handling” or equivalent to Type I kit environments. Type III kits are to be transportable, for both indoor and outdoor uses, and with the ability to be mounted. Common environments include both general indoor use and protected outdoor use. Type IV first aid Kits are Type II heavy and are to have a water resistance seal for added protection. Industries recommended to have these types of kits included the utility, transportation, construction and the armed forces.
General requirements include the following items: Adhesive bandages, adhesive tape, antibiotic application, antiseptic, a breathing barrier, burn dressing (gel soaked), burn treatment, cold packs, eye covering, eye/skin wash, first aid guide, hand sanitizer, medical exam gloves, roller bandages, scissors, splint (class b kit specific) , sterile pads, tourniquet (class b kit specific), trauma pads, and triangular bandages. In addition, marking and labeling must be clear and permanent and the location of the kit must be easily accessible.
By establishing two classes of first aid kits, the choice will be easier for the consumer. Each kit has a variety and plenty of supply of required items for the company workplace. The four types of kits will help the company choose what is required for them depending on the environment allowing for easy usage.
Whether an office environment or a factory, it is required to be prepared to treat minor injuries. Even if you have a kit, it likely no longer includes content needed for the types of incidents that occur in the workplace. The International Safety Equipment Association 2015 minimum requirements for workplace first aid kits and supplies (American National Standard ANSI/ISEA Z308.1-2015) is effective now. The assortment and quantity of supplies included in a first aid kit were chosen based upon a review of increased workplace incidents requiring first aid treatment, similar international standards and current practices in treating injuries.
Below we have listed the basic component & kit case requirements. We have also linked to products that will help you comply with these regulations. For full compliance information and for help complying with the new regulations please feel free to contact us at any time.