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  • COVID-19 Read the Latest from Public Health Officials & Agencies

    COVID-19

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    As a health and safety training organization, amid ongoing concerns of the COVID-19
    Our instructors,
    clients, employees, and their families are of our biggest concern.

    We are closely monitoring the situation and following guidance from public health officials and government
    agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

    If you would like additional information about COVID-19, we recommend you visit the CDC website at cdc.gov or
    your local health department website.


    For safety and to prevent spread of respiratory disease we are asking all our American CPR Training™
    Affiliate Instructors to follow precautionary practices and are recommending that our employees, clients and
    their staff do the same:

    • Wash hands often with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds – have fun timing it by humming or
      singing a refrain of "Stayin' Alive," by The Bee Gees (also a favorite song for performing CPR!)
    • Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth. (The average person touches their face 15-23 times per hour without
      even realizing it!)
    • Cover cough or sneeze using a bent elbow - not hand.
    • Use hand sanitizer gel if soap and water is unavailable.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • If you sneeze, cover your mouth with a tissue, throw it in the trash, and wash your hands.
    • Consider using a paper towel or tissue to open common area doors, wherever possible.
    • If you do not feel well please stay home.

    * An additional special recommendation for American CPR Training™ Instructors:

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    When training, it is still very important to include the 2 breaths when teaching regular C.A.R.E™ CPR, but during what has now been announced as a worldwide pandemic by WHO, we recommend you have the students “speak” the breath part during the hands-on training rather than actually breathing onto the manikin - even with the breathing barrier American CPR Training™ provides for every student in our student packs. Every course with American CPR™ also, of course, covers Compression Only CPR™ for students unwilling or unable to perform full CPR.

    Also - remember to regularly sterilize and wipe down your manikins and AED trainers with disinfecting wipes after every class.


    We all need to do our part in order to avoid spreading this disease, and to avoid fear and uncertainty by
    taking intelligent precautions. We trust that you are all taking good care of yourselves and those around
    you and in your community.

    As a public service organization we take our responsibility to remain open seriously.
    You can still reach us during normal business hours via phone or email.

    Our thoughts go out to anyone who has been directly impacted by this situation.

  • Recognize Frostbite

    We share a bit about Frostbite last year and want to remind all that it is a danger this time of year.

    Don’t let Jack Frost nip at your nose. Protect yourself from frostbite with information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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    Frostbite is an injury caused by freezing. It most often affects the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers, or toes. Frostbite can permanently damage the body and severe cases can lead to amputation. The risk of frostbite is increased in people with reduced blood circulation and among people who are not dressed properly for extremely cold temperatures.

    At the first signs of redness or pain in any skin area, get out of the cold or protect any exposed skin—frostbite may be beginning. Any of the following signs may indicate frostbite:

    • White or grayish-yellow skin area.
    • Skin that feels unusually firm or waxy.
    • Numbness.

    As soon as you detect the symptoms of frostbite, seek medical care. If immediate medical care is not available, proceed as follows:

    • Get into a warm room as soon as possible.
    • Don’t rub the frostbitten area with snow or massage it at all. This can cause more damage.
    • Unless absolutely necessary, do not walk on frostbitten feet or toes as this increases the damage.
    • Immerse the affected area in warm—not hot—water (the temperature should be comfortable to the touch for unaffected parts of the body).
    • Don’t use a heating pad, heat lamp, or the heat of a stove, fireplace, or radiator for warming. Affected areas are numb and can be easily burned.

    Taking preventive action is your best defense against having to deal with extreme cold-weather conditions. For more information on frostbite, visit the CDC’s Frostbite page.

    Also read:

    Cold Stress & Related Illness and How can cold stress be prevented?

  • 3 Ways You Can Use Smartwatches to Keep You Safe

    Smartwatches are becoming the next must-have gadget. You can receive notifications, answer calls, connect to your smart devices, track your fitness, listen to music and navigate your area. Smartwatches are reliable and easily accessible, which also makes them more useful than smartphones in dangerous situations. Let's take a closer look at the features that help keep you safe.

    Panic Button

    "Emergency Panic Button" is an app that you can install on your smartwatch that allows you to contact family, friends and emergency numbers in the case of an emergency situation. After a quick update to your contacts list, a simple press of a button uses your GPS to send your location to those listed. It automatically calls the person at the top of your list and provides a home screen or lock screen widget. Don't worry if your GPS isn't turned on, either — the app does so automatically once you press the panic button. This app also gives you the option of linking to social media platforms.

    If you're feeling nervous because your kids are late or a friend isn't answering her calls, you can send a location request with the app to set your mind at ease.

    Alerts

    The great thing about a smartwatch is that it's hard to lose since it's attached to your body. This means you're less likely to miss alerts and notifications. Be proactive about your safety by signing up to receive alerts on your smartwatch. You can sign up for a wide variety of alerts on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, download the FREE FEMA app, or you can download apps like the "Amber Alert" app or those related to places you visit frequently, such as a school campus or your neighborhood. With these alerts, you know that you'll be aware of your surroundings and any potential danger there.

    Voice-Activated Calls and Messages

    Texting or typing out a full telephone number and message takes time. You also might make errors or click on the wrong contact, causing even further delay. Smartwatches enable you to vocalize a message or use voice commands to make a call. This may increase your safety in certain situations, such as when you're driving or trying to quickly call for help.

    The speed and accuracy of voice commands make it a reliable method of communication when time is of the essence. In addition to having voice commands, many new devices have preset texts you can send instantly, clear audio to avoid confusion and a battery that lasts two to three days. The Apple Watch also lets you use Siri to complete tasks and use the voice command features.

    Due to their wearability, small size and various features, smartwatches are well suited for keeping you safe. Make use of these features in your day-to-day life so you know how to use them if you ever need to. Stay alert of your surroundings and stay up to date with the latest safety apps and features to ensure your security at any time, any place.

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  • Is That Safe to Eat?

    We've talked about Power Outages in the past ( What is the most common emergency? ) But have you considered how  Power outages can jeopardize the safety of the food stored in your home refrigerator or freezer. If you lose electricity, do you know how to determine if your food is safe to eat? The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers tips to follow before and after a power outage to minimize loss of food and lower the risk of foodborne illness:

    • Gather an emergency food supply of shelf-stable food, boxed or canned milk, bottled water, and canned goods;
    • Have coolers and frozen gel packs on hand to keep refrigerated food cold if the power goes out longer than four hours;
    • Buy an appliance thermometer for the refrigerator and freezer and a food thermometer to help you know if the food has stayed at a safe temperature during an outage;
    • Throw out any perishable food items such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and leftovers that have been exposed to temperatures above 40 degrees Fahrenheit for more than two hours;
    • Use a food thermometer to test the temperature of food – never taste it!  You can’t rely on appearance and odor to determine whether food is safe; and
    • Discard any items in the refrigerator that have come into contact with raw meat juices.

    Keep in mind that your refrigerator will keep food cold safely for about four hours if it is unopened. A full freezer will hold the temperature for approximately 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full) if the door remains closed.

    food-safety-power-outageDid you know that a flood or fire can also impact the safety of food in your home? Be sure to check out the FAQs on the USDA website about keeping food safe after these emergencies.

  • Summertime

    Today is the First Day of Summer! (or so the calendar tells us - Meteorological Summer, or "real summer" began June 1st)

    SummerSafetySummer 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:

  • Puppies

    PuppyHere's an interesting twist... a novel way that Humane Societies around the world can get homeless pets some love and attention (and hopefully bonding and adoption!)

    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,

    PetFirstAidKitsjust keep in mind to get there early as this program is extremely popular. The lines start as early as 8:30am for the 10am opening.

    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!

  • National Building Safety Month

    As noted in our last post, May is National Building Safety Month. Here are some excellent resources you may employ in recognizing the need for safety in the workplace:

    The following list of Building Science publications is organized by FEMA publication number.

    You can find additional publications on the FEMA Resource and Document Library searching by hazard type.

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  • May is National Building Safety Month

    We recently talked about Fall Protection in Construction - which often relates to Commercial Buildings... did you know that May is National Building Safety Month?

    Building-SafetyYes - by Presidential Proclamation this is the 6th National Building Safety Month (BSM). The 2016 theme is "Building Codes: Driving Growth through Innovation, Resilience and Safety." Each week of BSM spotlights a specific area of building safety.
    This week, “The Science Behind the Codes” takes a look at the work FEMA does with the Mitigation Assessment Teams turning research into practice. One way this is accomplished is through the publication of research and technical manuals that help shape future building codes to optimize safe and secure structures. FEMA's Building Science Branch publications are available by hazard type.

    Presidential Proclamation -- National Building Safety Month, 2016

    NATIONAL BUILDING SAFETY MONTH, 2016

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    BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    A PROCLAMATION

    Buildings across our country provide safety and shelter to our people. From high-rises that form our cities' skylines to ranch homes that blanket the countryside, our buildings offer places to gather and perform daily activities, and they must have sound, secure, and resilient structures. During National Building Safety Month, we recognize and pay tribute to those who ensure the safety and resilience of our Nation's buildings, and we reaffirm our commitment to upholding and abiding by strong and effective building safety standards.

    Maintaining the safety and resilience of our homes and buildings is imperative. By using disaster-resistant building codes and standards, resilient construction materials, and safe and performance-based design methods, we can safeguard the workplaces, houses, schools, and other facilities that provide us with space to grow, live, and learn. Americans can also take steps to secure buildings before natural disasters strike by elevating properties where necessary, anchoring furniture and other materials, reinforcing doors, and covering windows. I encourage everyone to visit www.Ready.gov to learn about more ways to keep yourself and those around you safe in your homes and businesses.

    The Federal Government is leading by example. To prepare for natural disasters, I have signed Executive Orders that strengthen the security of Federal buildings and assets and improve their resilience to floods and earthquakes, reduce the risks of harm to people, lower recovery costs, and make it easier for communities to recover faster and emerge stronger. Later this month, the White House will bring together collaborators from the public and private sectors at a Conference on Resilient Building Codes. This event will underscore the critical role building codes play in ensuring community resilience, and it will strengthen our national commitment to advancing resilience in the built environment, from codes and standards to building design and construction.

    The consequences of natural disasters can be exacerbated by the effects of a changing climate -- including through stronger storms and longer wildfire seasons -- so it is crucial that we ensure our buildings are resilient to the impacts of climate change. My Administration has worked with communities to build climate-resilient infrastructure to prepare for the impacts of climate change that we can no longer prevent, and we are continuing to invest in energy efficiency in our buildings.

    All people deserve to feel safe in the buildings we inhabit day in and day out. With care and attention, we can secure and protect the places we spend time in. This month, let us take action to safeguard America's homes, schools, and other buildings, and let us ensure those responsible for this important work have the tools and resources they need.

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 2016 as National Building Safety Month. I encourage citizens, government agencies, businesses, nonprofits, and other interested groups to join in activities that raise awareness about building safety. I also call on all Americans to learn more about how they can contribute to building safety at home and in their communities.

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-ninth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand sixteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and fortieth.

    BARACK OBAMA

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  • Back and Lifting Safety

    Keeping your back healthy and keeping you on the job requires a team effort.  Management is committed to helping reduce back injuries at work, by teaching good lifting and material handling techniques.  Back safety is a shared responsibility- it requires your cooperation at work, home, and play.

    back-safety-tileNot all back injuries are a result of sudden trauma - most are of a cumulative type, where a repeated minor injury has flared up, or continued use of a heavy tool in the same position has caused pain, or a great deal of time is spent in the same position.

    80% of back injuries occur in people between the ages of 30 and 50.  With an expected life span in America reaching nearly 80 years, that is a long time to live in pain, or with limited mobility.

    How to Prevent Back Injury

    Preventing a back injury is much easier than repairing one. Because your back is critically important to your ability to walk, sit, stand, and run, it's important to take care of it. Most back pain arises from using your back improperly, so learning a few basic rules about lifting, posture and proper exercise can help keep your back in good shape.

    Exercise: Having strong back and stomach muscles is important in order to ease the work your back is put through each day. By doing simple back-toning exercises, you not only strengthen your back but also reduce stress and improve your appearance, too! Check with your doctor as to the best exercises for you.power

    Lose Weight: Pot bellies and being overweight exerts extra force on back and stomach muscles. Your back tries to support the weight out in front by swaying backwards causing excess strain on the lower back muscles. By losing weight, you can reduce strain and pain in your back. Check with your doctor for the most sensible diet plan for you.

    Good Posture: You can prevent many back pains by learning to sit, stand and lift items correctly. When you sit down, don't slouch. Slouching makes the back ligaments, not the muscles, stretch and hurt, thus putting pressure on the vertebrae. The best way to sit is straight, with your back against the back of the chair with your feet flat on the floor and your knees slightly higher than your hips. Learn to stand tall with your head up and shoulders back.

    Plan the Lift: Before you lift that box, or tool, or piece of equipment, take a moment to consider your action:

    Do you need to lift the item manually?

    How heavy is it?

    Where are you moving the item from?

    Where does it have to go?

    What route do you have to follow?

    Get Help, If Needed: If the load is too heavy, bulky or awkward for you to lift alone, find a friend to help you carry it. If no one is available, is it possible to break the load into two smaller loads? Or, can you locate a cart or dolly to help you move it? Look for simple solutions to help make the move easier on you and your back.

    Material Handling Techniques

    Mental Lifting: To handle materials safely, lift everything twice. First, lift the load mentally.  Plan every step before you do it physically.

    Size Up the Load-  How much does it weigh?  Give it a “heft test” to see whether you can lift it.  If it feels OK, go ahead and lift it.

    Get Help:  If the load is too bulky or heavy for you to lift alone, get help.  Don’t hesitate to ask someone else for a hand.  A moment’s help could save you from days of disability.

    Team Lift- When team lifting, pick one person to call signals.  The leader should direct the team so you all lift together, walk in step, and lower to load together, using the lifting principles below.

    No One to Help?:  Sometimes no one is around to help, or the job is bigger than both of you.  Arrange for mechanical help from a pushcart, hand truck, dolly, wheelbarrow, or forklift.

    Push, Don’t Pull-  Use good lifting techniques to load mechanical devices.  Whenever possible, push rather than pull.  You can push twice as much as you can pull

    How to Lift Properly

    Safe-Back-LiftingAvoid picking up heavy objects placed below your knees. Try to see that heavy objects are placed and stored above knee level and below shoulder level. If you suspect the load is too heavy to be lifted comfortably, do not chance it. Use a mechanical aid, break the load down into its component parts, or get help. The most common cause of back injury is overloading.

    Position Yourself Correctly in Front of the Load: Once you have planned your lift, the next important step is to align yourself correctly in front of the load, as close to the load as possible, with your feet straddling the load. The further the load is from the centerline of your body, the greater the strain imposed on your back.  If need be, squat down bending your knees (not your back and stomach). This gets it closer to the center of your body and helps prevent the need to bend at the waist. However, since your leg muscles are the largest muscles in your body, they are the biggest energy consumers. Repeated squatting can be very fatiguing, and reduces a person's ability to lift in this manner for any length of time. In addition to lifting the load, you are also hoisting the majority of your body weight. For repeated lifting, other strategies must be used.

    Tighten your stomach muscles. This technique helps prevent your spine from twisting. If you lift a load and need to place it off to one side, turn by moving your feet.

    Lift with Your Legs, not Your Back: Once the load is close to your body, slowly straighten out your legs until you are standing upright. Make sure the load isn't blocking your vision as you begin to walk slowly to your destination. If you need to turn to the side, turn by moving your feet around and not by twisting at your stomach.

    Set the Load Down Correctly: Once you have reached your destination, it's equally important that the load is set down correctly. By reversing the above lifting procedures you can reduce the strain on your back and stomach muscles. If you set your load on the ground, squat down by bending your knees and position the load out in front of you. If the load is set down at table height, set the load down slowly and maintain contact with it until the load is secure and will not fall when you leave.

    Disadvantages of Back Belts

    What is a back belt? Back belts, also called "back supports" or "abdominal belts" were originally used in medical rehabilitation therapy. Athletes during weight lifting have also used leather belts. Recently, the "industrial back belt" has become popular. While there are many types of belts on the market, the most common style is of a lightweight, elastic belt worn around the lower back and sometimes held in place with suspenders.

    Why are people using back belts? A back belt is a device used, in theory, to reduce the forces on the spine, increase abdominal pressure, stiffen the spine and reduce loads during lifting. It is also advertised that by wearing a back belt, the worker will be reminded to avoid awkward postures and heavy loads, reduce bending motions and in the end, reduce injuries in certain workplaces.

    Do back belts protect workers from back injury?  No evidence has so far been found to support the claim that wearing back belts improves one's back safety. In response to the substantial increase in the number of workers who rely on back belts to prevent injury from lifting, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in the United States reviewed and evaluated the existing data related to back belts. Their final conclusions are:

    • back belts should not be considered as personal protective equipment;
    • back belts should not be recommended for use in occupational situations.

    NIOSH concerns led to the below conclusions:

    • the use of back belts may produce some strain on the cardiovascular system;
    • the use of back belts limits mobility and may reduce the suppleness and elasticity of muscles and tendons, potentially contributing to back injury;
    • the use of back belts may create a false sense of security, increasing the risk of lifting excessive loads.

    With these recommendations in mind, the Company  warns users and potential users of any kind of back belts about the potential health risks that could result from wearing these devices.

    Care and maintenance of your back is every bit as important as the care and maintenance of your vehicle, your home, or your tools, but this most important asset of our physical being is commonly overlooked or neglected Your back is the foundation and the structure upon which the rest of your body relies for balance and support. Used improperly, or unsafely, your back can suffer injuries that can literally change the way you live.Back-Safety

    Throughout your lifetime, your back has probably given you issues. Whether its been stiff and tight, you twisted it wrong or even have nerve issues, it has bothered you. This is especially for employees who sit at desks for long periods of time and/or deal with heavy objects throughout the day. Our training products on "Back Safety" emphasize the importance of overall back care, both at work and at home, including exercises and weight control. We cover topics such as what the most common types and causes of back injuries are, effects of back injuries, proper lifting techniques and much more. Our training products not only educate you about the back but also focus on preventative care. We also have pamphlets posters and more to pass the word on about Back Care.

    Back injuries are usually caused by repetitive motion injuries such as twisting, turning, lifting improperly or even no movement at all such as sitting at a non-ergonomic desk for hours and hours a day. Another factor that is not always thought of is weight. Controlling ones weight, can and will ease stress on the vertebrae, relieving alot of back pain they may have been attributed to other factors.

  • Safety at Work ?

    There are hundreds of OSHA Safety Topics, and each type of work has its particular needs and requirements, but it boils down to need a formal, written and active safety program.

    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 a lot 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!

    Every company that employs any workers must have an Injury & Illness Prevention Program (IIPP), but furthermore, this program must be active - meaning you can't just print it out and hand it to your new hire and be "done".

    What does it take to be truly OSHA compliant?

    OSHA compliance means actively training workers in safe practices. Many small companies and office environments will simply provide a safety manual and a quiz, while more proactive companies concerned about the health and morale of their staff will offer CPR, First Aid and other relevant safety training in the workplace. Others, too, where they have competent personnel on staff will offer in house course using OSHA compliant Safety training materials to get the job done.

    Whatever your workplace risks and regulations, know that no training is considered OSHA compliant unless the employees are evaluated on their comprehension of the materials. Furthermore, employers must have a competent person available during the training and evaluation that is sufficiently familiar with the topic of training to answer questions and provide further guidance.

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