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  • Bloodborne Pathogens Training Certification

    BBP-IconBloodborne Certification is effective for 1-2 years. Where Bloodborne Pathogen Prevention and Universal Precaution certification is required as part of daily job risks (Healthcare, Housekeeping, Tattooing) the renewal training and certification should take place annually. In auxiliary, where the training is provided in conjunction with bystander CPR and/or First aid training, renewal with these certification every two years (or less) is adequate, although interim refresher training is always recommended.

    Corporate American CPR™ Certification cards state the renewal date should be in two years. Materials purchased by Independent instructors have a blank issue date for the instructor to assign as 1 year or 2 year. While corporate issues it for two years - that does not override the necessary renewal renewal of one year.

    Per the American CPR™ Instructor Manual, we recommend that it is renewed yearly (page 122): "This information and training must be provided annually to all employees who may have occupational exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens. Also, all new employees and employees who are transferred from one department or area to another must be given this training if their new position will expose them to Bloodborne Pathogens in new or different ways".

    How do I know if my client needs one year certification or two year certification?

    BBP training will depend on the state and the organization/work regulations. We recommend you discuss this with the organization you are certifying. There are also state guidelines available online, and you can always call the Instructor Coordinators at ACT™ for additional support and guidance.

    Bloodborne pathogen spill kits and protective products Bloodborne pathogens are infectious microorganisms in human blood that can cause disease in humans. Any type of sharp objects such as needles can expose you or your co-workers to these bloodborne pathogens. To limit you and your co-workers from potentially infectious materials we have Bloodborne protection and personal protection kits plus supplies to protect you from harmful and infectious materials. We have every type of antimicrobial, germicide, barrier making, disinfectant, PPE product that you can dream of. We are here to block and protect you from any infectious material or critter that is out there and to make sure you keep safe at home or in your work place.
  • New CPR Guidelines

    cprman-animatedThe newest ILCOR / ECC CPR guidelines stick with the same overall order of action, rates, ratios, and depths as the significantly updated 2010 guidelines set, but lay greater emphasis on how quick action, proper CPR training, utilizing readily available CPR technology and coordinated efforts can increase survival from cardiac arrest.

    Quick assessment

    The basic steps in preparation for CPR stay the same. Check for unresponsiveness and send someone for an AED if one is not already present on the scene.

    Compressions first

    Initiate chest compressions following the C.A.R.E. CPR™ approach. If a defibrillator is not already on the scene or on the way, the lone rescuer should leave the patient before initiating chest compressions in order to retrieve the device.

    30 compressions to 2 ventilations

    New guidelines still recommend delivery of chest compressions and assisted ventilation at a rate of 30 chest compressions for every two assisted ventilations, beginning with chest compressions.


    Hand position

    Rescuers should compress on the lower half of the sternum in the adult patient.

    Rate of compressions

    The 2010 recommendations altered language from previous years to identify more accurately the minimum rate of chest compressions necessary. Those guidelines recommended a rate of at least 100 chest compressions per minute. Although no new evidence contradicts that recommendation, there is for the first time a recommendation on an upper limit of chest compression rate beyond which survival may be negatively affected. Two studies suggest survival may be improved if rescuers can keep the rate of chest compressions between 100 and 120 per minute. In both studies, survival rates fell when rescuers compressed at a rate above 120 compressions per minute. New recommendations suggest that rescuers attempt to compress at a rate faster than 100 but less than 120 compressions per minute. As many rescuers tend to compress at rates above 120 compressions per minute,

    Depth of compressions

    As important as rate is compression depth. The 2010 guidelines altered previous language to stress the need for deeper chest compressions. In those guidelines, the ECC recommended that rescuers push to a depth of at least two inches. Since publication of the 2010 guidelines, the largest study to date to address this question demonstrated that rescuers who compressed between 1.61 inches and 2.2 inches survival rates optimized survival rates. Although not necessarily affecting survival, another study suggested that compression depths greater than 2.4 inches increase the rate of patient injury. After assessing this new information, the new ILCOR / ECC guidelines now recommend that rescuers compress to a depth of at least two inches, but avoid compressing too deeply beyond 2.4 inches.

    Key points from the 2015 Guidelines Update provides bystanders, dispatchers and communities with practical guidance to improve the effectiveness of their teamwork:

    • Untrained bystanders should still call 911 and provide Hands-Only CPR, or CPR without breaths, pushing hard and fast in the center of the chest to the rate of 100-120 compressions per minute. However, if the bystander is trained in CPR and can perform breaths, he or she should add breaths in a 30:2 compressions-to-breaths ratio.
    • Bystanders should use mobile phones to immediately call 911, placing the phones on speaker, so the dispatcher can help bystanders check for breathing, get the precise location and provide instructions for performing CPR.
    • Dispatchers should be trained to help bystanders check for breathing and recognize cardiac arrest. Dispatchers should also be aware that brief generalized seizures may be an early sign of cardiac arrest.
    • Mobile dispatch systems that notify potential rescuers of a nearby presumed cardiac arrest can improve the rate of bystander CPR and shorten the time to first chest compressions.Communities may want to consider this service to improve the chain of survival.
  • Movember

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    What is Movember?

    According to Wikipedia, Movember (a portmanteau of the Australian-English diminutive word for moustache, "mo", and "November") is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men's health issues, such as depression in men, prostate cancer and other male cancers, and associated  charities. The Movember Foundation runs the Movember charity event, housed at Movember.com

    moustacheThis Movember, take the MOVE Challenge.

    ~ Sign up to MOVE every day for 30 days this Movember.
    ~ Get moving! Big or small, any kind of physical activity counts.
    ~ Raise funds for men's health. Help yourself, help others – it's win-win.

    The challenge: MOVE every day in Movember

    Take a 30 minute walk to work, play a game of ping pong or go on an epic bike ride – no MOVE is too big or small.

    Sign up for Movember 2015 to get started.

  • OSHA Requirements for Forklift Training

    OSHA Requirements for Industrial Lift Truck / Forklift Safety Training are "Site Specific", meaning that the training must be performed on your equipment, at your facility. Therefore, individual training is impractical, because the training still must occur at your place of business / employment, where you will actually be utilizing the equipment.

    So, although we CAN perform individual training for OSHA Forklift Safety, you must still pay for a minimum group fee in order to cover the time and expense of sending an Instructor, materials, and equipment to your site.

    What is Forklift Safety?

    The Forklift Safety Training will include OSHA safety regulations on training, operation, loading, inspection, & refueling/recharging. Training may also include special modules on: "People and Equipment”, "Propane Safety”, “Battery Charging Safety”, or “Carbon Monoxide Safety.”

    Does this training include an operating license?

    No, this is only a Forklift Safety course which is still required once you have an operating license.

    How long is the certification valid for?

    The certification is valid for 3 years. However, if there is an incident or change of equipment at your site, this must be recorded and Forklift Safety is required to be retaken.

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