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  • 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.

  • Happy Thanksgiving - Enjoy Life!

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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.)

    Ready? ...Get your quotes now!

    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

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    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.

  • HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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  • Meals on Wheels

    Food trucks are becoming increasingly popular in cities around the country due to their convenience and unique food options. There are even Gourmet Food Truck Festivals around the US, and guides to help gourmands and vacationers find them to explore the mobile munchies

    Food Truck Festival

    One food truck in Los Angeles, gave the food truck phenomena a new twist - We've talked about Food & Hunger in the past; well this food truck serves free burritos to homeless people in the community. According to the Huffington Post, he Share A Meal food truck is run by nonprofit Khalsa Peace Corps and they started the program in 2009 out of a desire to serve the community. Every Monday through Friday, the Share A Meal truck goes out to different areas in Los Angeles with volunteers making anywhere from 150 to 250 burritos per night!

  • Body Language

    body-languageBodies tell us much - in Health and Medicine, they give clues to ailments and potential issues, in business and interpersonal relationships they give us clues to what is hidden in the mind.

    Whether a CPR instructor teaching at the front of a training room or a worker communicating with another, body language can impart the message you would like it to, or can send a missive imparting something you would rather not share.

    "It's not what you say, it's how you say it." Body language habits are some of the toughest habits to break because we hardly ever notice them. Business Insider compiled a list of the
    nine most common body language habits that are hard to quit. Fidgeting and slouching are very common body language habits among business professionals. Slouching can be difficult to
    overcome, especially when you are sitting at a desk the majority of the day. Also, appearing distracted and checking your phone when communicating can be seen as rude and uncaring.

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  • Food & Hunger

    Did you ever wonder where all of the leftover food from a buffet goes after close? Food-waste

    With health laws, consumer "perfection perception", and business greed a great deal of food goes unused while millions worldwide are near starvation.

    According to The Guardian, almost half the food produced in the US goes to waste.

    World Food Day took place a week ago, highlighting some of the worst waster, including:

    Worldwide Food Waste Facts

    • Every year, consumers in industrialized countries waste almost as much food as the entire net food production of sub-Saharan Africa (222 million vs. 230 million tons)
    • The amount of food lost and wasted every year is equal to more than half of the world’s annual cereals crops (2.3 billion tons in 2009/10)

    North American Food Waste Facts

    • In the USA, organic waste is the second highest component of landfills, which are the largest source of methane emissions
    • In the USA, 30-40% of the food supply is wasted, equaling more than 20 pounds of food per person per month

    Restaurants are huge food abusers - not by malicious intent necessarily, but because their patrons demand perfect presentation and large volume for their spending dollars - but they don't eat  what the demand. A new app, BuffetGo, solves that problem! It allows users to buy leftover food from a restaurant's buffet for as little as one dollar. They estimate that it saves more than 240,000 portions of food from landfills per day. The company also donates twenty percent of the profit to the United Nations World Food Program. As of right now there are only a few places in New York City that are enrolled in the program, but the founder told Huffington Post that it plans to expand soon!

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    Think. Be a smart shopper and think about what you are buying and when it will be eaten. Wasting food is often a subconscious act – become aware of how much food you throw away. Plan meals and use shopping lists. Bring your leftovers home from restaurants in reusable containers.

    Eat. Become a more mindful eater.  Eyes bigger than your stomach? Request smaller portions and become a leftovers guru.

    Save. Save your food, save your money and save the environment. Donate to food banks and become a conscious consumer.

  • 6 Suggestions For Hosting Safety Meetings that Get Results

    Here are some tips which can enable you to engage your staff during regular safety meetings.

    1. Select an Issue or Topic

    Safety & Security meetings should concentrate on the facets of your own safety programs and address workplace risks inherent in your everyday processes. Safety meeting topics should, offer useful such as:

    -- refresher training opportunities
    -- incorporate operational changes or new regulatory changes
    -- address dangerous practices or challenges when faced with time constraints
    -- contain to mention harm tendencies

    Selecting a topic shouldn't be a last minute selection; it should assist you in successfully meeting your safety meeting goals and perhaps help you think of new safety meeting topics for future meetings.

    2. Accumulate Resources

    Consult managers to discuss details about their own experiences of close calls with harm. Learn what supervisors consider to be common challenges to the current approaches to safety. Are there any compliance problems which should be addressed? The better you accumulate "real life" input about your own workplace, the more interesting your safety meeting programs will be since you will have the ability to us actual examples from your own business to exemplify points.

    3. Select an Assembly Format

    There are several techniques you'll be able to incorporate to make the guidance more memorable, depending upon area and the formality of your meeting:

    -- Lecture. This should be only a little part of your meeting time.
    -- Audio/Visuals.
    -- Handouts. Giving written suggestions and exercises to conclude during or after the assembly helps strengthen the advice.
    -- Demonstrations.
    --Guest Speakers.

    Develop several icebreaker questions to help get each safety meeting off on the right foot.

    4. When you have determined the location and a date for your meeting, use paycheck stuffers, posters, and other communications that are recognized procedures to support attendance and engagement. This should get OSHA safety meeting topics heard by workers and assist them to engage in the discussion.

    5. Be professional and prepared. That means assessing other digital equipment or the VCR to ensure it's cued at the right place before the assembly starts!

    Conclude with a brief summary and your expectations.

    -- Consider your audience's skill level, age and educational level.

    Find opportunities to give verbal acknowledgement to workers for observations, appropriate solutions and behaviors. Never call out workers for unsafe behaviors, instead, when addressing problems, do it with an emphasis on issue resolution.

    -- Evaluate your meetings to ascertain what workers believe works and what does not.

    -- Maintain records of what was discussed and who attended. Workers should be held responsible for what they've each separately,.

    6.  Work Together As A Team

    -- Although the meeting is being ultimately led by one person, allow groups of folks to work collectively during preparation and actions of each assembly.

    Need help coming up with great OSHA safety meeting topics? American CPR Training™ has many safety meeting topics to select from that'll meet your company's needs!

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  • Assembly Line

    PP_blinkDid you know that on this day in 1913 Ford Motor Company instituted the world's very first moving assembly line for the Model-T?

    This occurred at Henry Ford's Highland Park, MI factory. This first assembly line cut down the man-hours required to build a Model-T from twelve hours to two and a half!

    The increase in productivity allowed Ford to accomplish his dream of making, and pricing, a vehicle that is affordable to ordinary consumers. Check out the full article here:
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    Prestan Manikins with Light Monitors allows CPR Instructors to perform training in a similar manner, lining up larger groups of students for training. The light monitors both allow the students to view, understand and improve their own CPR practice performance during the hands-on training in the class - but the light monitors also allow an Instructor to know from across the room if a bystander learning CPR is performing CPR at the correct rate, depth and ratio required for most effective lifesaving!

    Prestan manikins are the present and future of CPR Training manikins with their revolutionary CPR Rate Monitor that allows for instant feedback to both instructor and student regarding the rate of chest compressions. The visual feedback from the CPR Rate Monitor gives students a real life feel of delivering 100 compressions per minute. You add on a clicker sound as the chest is pushed to the appropriate depth, allowing them to experience the true force needed to deliver real life chest compressions and the option to teach with a jaw thrust maneuver.

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    Prestan Professional manikins are definitely in a class of their own. Prestan Professional manikins are some of the more realistic to the eye and the touch on the market. We offer Adult, Child and Infant size manikins that all have their own unique features that keep to what they are suppose to represent. With the clamshell design that makes it very easy to change out lung bags to Prestan's CPR Rate Monitor that allows for instant feedback to both instructor and student regarding the rate of chest compression, Prestan manikins are in a class of their own in regard to innovative and ingenious features and design. They are available in single or multi-pack for class training purposes and also available in three different colors.

  • Nap

    Mid afternoon naps are healthy! Do you often hit an afternoon wall of drowsiness?

    sleepWell,  according to experts, midafternoon naps are healthy. A short catnap can be very beneficialbeneficial to your health and productivity! A nap of about twenty minutes will help you enhance your alertness and concentration, elevate your mood, and sharpen motor skills. If you are looking to be more alert upon waking, they recommend to drink a cup of coffee before your nap. This is because caffeine takes 20 to 30 minutes in order to take effect

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