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The manufacturing industry is a large but diverse part of the employment sector. While the industry is responsible for creating parts, products, and tools that we need to live, there can be many workplace hazards in manufacturing businesses. Employees are required to work production lines and often operate heavy machinery.
Some of the most common workplace hazards in manufacturing include:
• The use of heavy machinery or hand tools
• Lifting or pushing heavy items
• Falling or slipping on greasy or wet floors
• Noise from loud machines
Businesses that practice safety skills and have proper training programs can avoid workplace accidents. Production managers should make use of training programs offered by OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration). This program was created in the 1970s to help prevent workplace injuries, sicknesses and death. They have standards that every manufacturing plant must follow to avoid such events.
OSHA has different safety programs that apply to various sectors of the manufacturing industry. There are specific programs for the construction industry while there are others for manufacturing. Industries that have to handle chemicals can learn from the HAZWOPER standard (Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response). Every type of manufacturing plant with employees involved in the production lines should present safety programs to its workers to avoid accidents.
Although safety programs may be installed, accidents will happen from time to time.
Some of the reasons that employees get hurt:
• Inadequate supervision
• Lack of training programs
• Inexperienced employees
• Improper use of machines
• Employees rushing to meet production quotas
• Employees uninformed about their rights
If more businesses in the manufacturing industry take time to implement proper training and safety productions, accidents can happen less often. Employees also need to understand how to use those safety skills so that they can avoid hazards that lead to workplace injury.
Manufacturing plants should not only have signs reminding employees of the dangers of their jobs, but they should warn employees about them each day. Managers should take the time to do strength and limbering exercises with their line workers to avoid muscle strain.
At least a few times a month, managers should also review safety procedures and expectations to keep information fresh in employees’ minds. Additionally, each section of the manufacturing plant should identify threats that are common to their job as a weekly review. When employees are informed, they can understand how to use safety skills to avoid getting hurt on the job. If employees understand how to correctly use the tools and machinery required to complete the job, they can turn out more products safely and successfully.
Accidents may also happen at a workplace when employees become bored with their job. Spirits should be kept high and managers should set goals for workers to achieve. Managers can make it a contest and award small bonuses when goals are met. This keeps the workplace high with energy and boosts employees’ mood. If the job becomes too mundane for a line worker, they may stop watching out for possible safety hazards.
As long as employees are informed about workplace hazards and they review details often, accidents can happen less. Keep up the morale of workers to make them feel like they are working toward something positive. When employees are eager to meet their goals and are educated about their job, a manufacturing plant can prove to be more successful.
Carolyn Kidd is the Director of Marketing of DRIFIRE® in Chicago, IL. Drifire is a leading provider and developer of flame resistant (FR) fabrics and protective apparel to the government, industrial and consumer markets.
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October 31 is just a few days away! Read these Consumer Updates to learn more about celebrating Halloween in a way that is totally fun and doesn't endanger the health of you or your children.
These lenses can change the appearance of your eyes to match your costume. But they can also seriously damage your eyes.
Watch this safety video...
'Lucky 13' Tips for a Safe Halloween
Follow these guidelines from FDA, the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on what to look out for when choosing costume and makeup, and accepting sweets:
Whether you’re goblin or ghoul, vampire or witch, poor costume choices—including decorative contact lenses and flammable costumes—and face paint allergies can haunt you long after Halloween if they cause injury.
Enjoy a safe and happy Halloween by following the “lucky 13” guidelines from FDA, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
- Wear costumes made of fire-retardant materials; look for “flame resistant” on the label. If you make your costume, use flame-resistant fabrics such as polyester or nylon.
- Wear bright, reflective costumes or add strips of reflective tape so you’ll be more visible; make sure the costumes aren’t so long that you’re in danger of tripping.
- Wear makeup and hats rather than masks that can obscure your vision.
- Test the makeup you plan to use by putting a small amount on the arm of the person who will be wearing it a couple of days in advance. If a rash, redness, swelling, or other signs of irritation develop where the makeup was applied, that's a sign of a possible allergy.
- Check FDA’s list of color additives to see if makeup additives are FDA approved. If they aren’t approved for their intended use, don’t use it.
- Don’t wear decorative contact lenses unless you have seen an eye care professional and gotten a proper lens fitting and instructions for using the lenses.
Eating sweet treats is also a big part of the fun on Halloween. If you’re trick-or-treating, health and safety experts say you should remember these tips:
- Don’t eat candy until it has been inspected at home.
- Trick-or-treaters should eat a snack before heading out, so they won’t be tempted to nibble on treats that haven’t been inspected.
- Tell children not to accept—or eat—anything that isn’t commercially wrapped.
- Parents of very young children should remove any choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard candies, or small toys.
- Inspect commercially wrapped treats for signs of tampering, such as an unusual appearance or discoloration, tiny pinholes, or tears in wrappers. Throw away anything that looks suspicious.
For partygoers and party throwers, FDA recommends the following tips for two seasonal favorites:
- Look for the warning label to avoid juice that hasn’t been pasteurized or otherwise processed, especially packaged juice products that may have been made on site. When in doubt, ask! Always ask if you are unsure if a juice product is pasteurized or not. Normally, the juice found in your grocer’s frozen food case, refrigerated section, or on the shelf in boxes, bottles, or cans is pasteurized.
- Before bobbing for apples—a favorite Halloween game—reduce the amount of bacteria that might be on apples by thoroughly rinsing them under cool running water. As an added precaution, use a produce brush to remove surface dirt.
When it comes to black licorice, FDA encourages moderation. Too much at one time could cause an irregular heart rhythm.
We've all wondered what to do with excess and expired medications - you don't want kids or pets getting into them - you don't want to pollute municipal water sources - well, between 10:00am and 2:00pm today, you can bring your unwanted prescription drugs or over-the-counter medicines to a collection site near you.
Properly disposing of medicines is important to human health and the environment. Here are a few tips from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency:
- Don't flush medicines down the toilet or pour them down the drain. Doing so could affect drinking water sources.
- Don't throw medicines directly in the trash. Doing so could lead to the poisoning of a child or pet, or drug abuse by a teen or adult.
- Download these helpful flyers How-to-properly-dispose-of-medicines &
There's a big trend right now with body builders and power lifters to take a quaff of an Ammonia Inhalant (Smelling Salts) before a big lift... Why? Is it Safe? Is it Recommended?
Is it Safe?
Smelling Salts (ammonia inhalants) are an FDA approved, over-the-counter substance - BUT ONLY when used as directed, and for the purposes intended.
Ammonia Inhalants, (Smelling Salts) .03 ml -
To prevent or treat fainting. 0.3 mL ammonia inhalant. A respiratory stimulant for inhalation only. Active ingredients: alcohol 35%, ammonia 15%. Inactive ingredient: alcohol USP, FD&C red dye #40, lavender oil FCC, lemon oil FCC, nutmeg oil FCC, purified
Here's a little background on "smelling salts":
Once arriving at that page, about halfway down is a definition of smelling salts:
Ammonium carbonate, (NH3)2CO3·H2O, is a colorless-to-white crystalline solid commonly known as smelling salts; in water solution it is sometimes called aromatic spirits of ammonia.
Want to know a little more about smelling salts? Everyone has seen them used to revive countless athletes when they've been knocked silly, back to the search results to discover how smelling salts actually work...
Discovery.com explains why people sit up and take notice when smelling salts are placed beneath their nose: Ammonium carbonate is mixed with perfume to create a stimulant. The ammonia fumes from the salts irritate the membranes of the nose and lungs, which triggers a reflex causing the muscles that control breathing to work faster.
What are the first aid steps for Fainting?
1. Make sure that the casualty is in a safe situation
- Lay the casualty flat on her or his back.
- Elevate the casualty's legs to restore blood flow to the brain.
- Loosen tight clothing.
2. Try to Revive the Casualty
Shake the casualty vigorously, tap briskly, pass smelling salts (ammonia inhalants) under the nose, or yell.
If the casualty doesn't respond right away, call 911. Follow CPR instructions if appropriate and if you are trained to do so.
3. Home Treatment for Simple Fainting
If the casualty is alert, give fruit juice, especially if the person has not eaten in more than 6 hours or has diabetes. Do not give anything caffeinated or alcoholic to drink.
Stay with the casualty until the casualty is fully recovered.
4. Call a Health Care Professional
See a health care professional right away if the casualty:
- Hit her or his head when fainting.
- Faints more than once in a month, Is pregnant, or has a heart condition or other serious illness.
- Experiences unusual symptoms, such as chest pain, shortness of breath, confusion, blurred vision, or difficulty talking.
What causes syncope?
It may be caused by emotional stress, pain, pooling of blood in the legs due to sudden changes in body position, overheating, dehydration, heavy sweating or exhaustion. Syncope may occur during violent coughing spells (especially in men) because of rapid changes in blood pressure. It also may result from several heart, neurological, psychiatric, metabolic and lung disorders. And it may be a side effect of some medicines
So...now you know about "smelling salts", syncope & fainting first aid!
Is it Recommended?
According to the Poliquin group, Ammonia inhalants (AI) are often used to prevent or treat fainting, but are often used by powerlifters and weightlifters immediately before maximum lifts as a respiratory stimulant that many believe increases their ability to focus. The active ingredient in these products is ammonium carbonate.
According to a peer-reviewed article published in the April 2011 issue of the Strength and Conditioning Journal, there is no research available on the benefits of ammonia inhalants for athletic performance. However, the author of this article warns, “This method of getting “psyched up” may be perceived to be helpful by athletes but may cause an athlete to attempt a lift at a level of intensity that they are not capable of completing, putting the athlete at increased risk of injury. AI use has also been reported to induce allergic reactions and is an irritant to the respiratory tract. Thus, it has the potential to exacerbate underlying asthma and trigger asthma attacks.” Bottom line: Athletes should consult with a private health care professional before using ammonia inhalants.
Here's a funny Smelling Salts Video for your entertainment...
Ammonia Inhalants (Smelling Salts) to Prevent or Treat Fainting. 15% Ammonia, 20% Isopropyl Alcohol.
It is International Infection Prevention Week... timed well as we head into Flu Season.
Have you considered how you can make your home and work environments more antiseptic?
Join your friends, family members, and healthcare colleagues in celebrating International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW), October 20-26, 2013. IIPW, which takes place the third week of October each year, raises awareness of the role infection prevention plays to improve patient safety. Read more about the history of IIPW. Read the press release issued on 10/7/13 about the effort.
These pages house the tools for you to advocate and promote IIPW, the materials to give infection prevention special visibility, and the locations for conversations about why infection prevention matters. Explore these resources and incorporate them in your IIPW celebration and activities.
This year APIC is marking International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW), October 20-26, by launching a multiyear campaign themed "Infection Prevention and You.” The focus is to engage everyone — patients, families, and healthcare personnel — in infection prevention, as well as to promote a voice and a partnership toward receiving quality and safe patient care.
APIC’s new “Infection Prevention and You” website will be continually updated and revised to reflect the most current information. For example, we recently added a page on preventing infection in the locker room. One section of the website is geared to patients and families, and the other is geared to healthcare personnel who are not necessarily infection preventionists. The resources are aimed at helping everyone understand their role in infection prevention and patient safety. The website includes tips and tools including a new infographic that depicts how patients and families can play an active role, what healthcare-associated infections are, and what infection preventionists do to keep patients safe.Ammonia Inhalants (Smelling Salts) to Prevent or Treat Fainting. 15% Ammonia, 20% Isopropyl Alcohol.Isopropyl Alcohol is available in 70% and 99%. Bottles and sprays - Alcohol Cleansing Pads and SmartTab EzRefills. Even gallon size!Antiseptic Cleansing Wipes -- Sting Free! SmartTab EZ Refill Alcohol (IPA), Benzalkonium Chloride (BZK), & Sanitizer.Lotion to help moisturize your dry skin. Dry skin relief lotion & Hand/Body Lotion - packets and tubesWound Seal QR Powder, Hemcon Kytostat, Spray Bandage + Blood Stopper Bandage & MoreLubricating Jelly and Petroleum Jelly both used to Prevent and Treat Skin Chafing and offers Protection for Minor Burns. Medical surgical use, packets and tubsIsopropyl Alcohol Cleansing Wipes, Sterile Saline Wipes, Castile Soap Towelettes, BZK wipes & Nice Clean Towelettes.Povidone-Iodine Infection Control Wipes used to Prevent Infection of Minor Cuts--available in packets and dispenser boxesFirst Aid & Burn Cream tubes and packets. Individual First Aid / Burn Cream & Burn Relief Gel available - Neomycin, too!10% Povidone-Iodine Swabsticks used to help Prevent Infection of Minor Cuts and Abrasions.First Aid Healing Sprays - Isopropyl Alcohol Pump Spray, Hydrogen Peroxide Pump Spray, Antiseptic & Cold Spray in Aerosol.Antiseptic Bio Hand Cleansing Gel and SmartTab EzRefill Antiseptic gel in packets and bottles. SBS Sanitizing Gel, Purell, Antiseptic Bio Hand Cleansing Gel, etc.Hydrocortisone Cream is used to Relieve Minor Skin Irritations and is available in single dose packets and tubes.Neomycin Antibiotic Ointment - Single Antibiotic in packets - SmartTab EzRefillHydrogen Peroxide 3% is used for Treating Minor Cuts and is available in various bottles. Our Hydrogen Peroxide is available in 4 oz, 8 oz, & 16 oz bottlesSmelling salts - Treat Fainting are used to Prevent and Treat Fainting. Contains 15% Ammonia and 20% Isopropyl Alcohol.Insect Sting Relief Pad contains 6% Benzocaine for Treatment of Bites and Stings. Single use insect sting relief wipes and bite sticks.Triple Antibiotic Ointment and Triple Antibiotic SmartTab Refills available in various tubes, packets, and boxes.
Fall is a time when our Pets play in the leaves, grow a thicker coat and get into new and different kinds of trouble. Are you prepared for Pet Safety this Fall?
Ah, fall—there's nothing like crisp, cool air, the first months of school and luscious foliage to get you excited for the changing seasons. Your pet, too, is probably welcoming the break from hot, sticky weather. But pet parents, beware—fall is also a time of lurking dangers for our furry friends. From household poisons to cold weather hazards, the season is a minefield! Here are some tips to keep your pet snug and healthy during the autumn months.
The use of rodenticides increases in the fall as rodents seek shelter from the cooler temperatures by attempting to move indoors. Rodenticides are highly toxic to pets—if ingested, the results could be fatal. If you must use these products, do so with extreme caution and put them in places inaccessible to your pets.
- It's back-to-school time, and those of you with young children know that means stocking up on fun items like glue sticks, pencils and magic markers. These items are considered “low toxicity” to pets, which means they're unlikely to cause serious problems unless large amounts are ingested. However, since gastrointestinal upset and blockages certainly are possible, be sure your children keep their school supplies out of paw's reach.
- Training tip: If you and your pooch haven't been active outdoors in a while because of the summer heat, do some remedial recall training. Dogs, like people, get rusty on their skills if they aren't using them.
- Fall and spring and are mushroom seasons. While 99% of mushrooms have little or no toxicity, the 1% that are highly toxic can cause life-threatening problems in pets. Unfortunately, most of the highly toxic mushrooms are difficult to distinguish from the nontoxic ones, so the best way to keep pets from ingesting poisonous mushrooms is to keep them away from areas where any mushrooms are growing. Contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center immediately if you witness your pet eating a wild mushroom.
- In order to generate body heat, pets who exercise heavily outdoors, or who live outdoors, should be given more food during colder seasons. Make sure horses and other outdoor animals have access to clean, fresh water that is not frozen.
- Autumn is the season when snakes who are preparing for hibernation may be particularly “grumpy,” increasing the possibility of severe bites to those unlucky pups who find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time. Pet owners should know what kinds of venomous snakes may be in their environment—and where these snakes are most likely to be found—so they can keep pets out of those areas.
- Many people choose fall as the time to change their car's engine coolant. Ethylene glycol-based coolants are highly toxic, so spills should be cleaned up immediately. Consider switching to propylene glycol-based coolants—though they aren't completely nontoxic, they are much less toxic than other engine coolants.
- Learn more at ASPCA
- Dog, Cat, Horse & Pet First Aid Kits
Dog & Cat Pet First Aid kits. See our new Cat & Dog Survival Kits 'Dog-Gone-It' & 'Catastrophy' Emergency Kits. Added for you Horse Lovers... Equine First Aid! First Aid & Emergency Kits made especially for your pets.
It's coming! Flu Season!
What do you need to do???
Seasonal Influenza: Flu Basics
Influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year.
The upcoming season's flu vaccine will protect against the influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the season. This includes an influenza A (H1N1) virus, an influenza A (H3N2) virus, and one or two influenza B viruses, depending on the flu vaccine. For more information, see Key Facts about Seasonal Flu Vaccine.
A summary of key seasonal flu facts and who should get vaccinated...
Information about the 2013-2014 flu season...
Information about past flu seasons...
Flu symptoms and how some people are at greater risk from severe complications...
Some people are more likely to get flu complications that result in being hospitalized and occasionally result in death...
How the virus spreads and how long people may be contagious...
General information on regular flu seasons in the United States...
Information about flu and staph infections, MRSA...
Questions & Answers
- Seasonal Influenza
- Cold Versus Flu
- Seasonal Flu & Staph Infection
- Seasonal Flu & Other Respiratory Viruses
- Seasonal Influenza-Associated Hospitalizations in the United States
- Estimating Seasonal Influenza-Associated Deaths in the United States
- Misconceptions about Seasonal Flu and Flu Vaccines
- What You Should Know for the 2013-2014 Influenza Season
- Prevention and Control of Seasonal Influenza with Vaccines: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices – United States, 2013-14, MMWR 2013, September 20, 2013 / 62(RR07);1-43
- Summary Recommendations: Prevention and Control of Influenza with Vaccines: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices-(ACIP)-United States, 2013-14
- Influenza Activity — United States, 2012–13 Season and Composition of the 2013–14 Influenza Vaccine
- 2013-2014 Influenza Vaccine Information Statements (VIS)