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    • Grilling Safety

      The weather is changing... soon we'll be out barbecuing and enjoying the great outdoors!

      grillCheck the grill's gas tank hose for leaks each time before use. Always make sure the lid is open before lighting. If the flame goes out, turn the gas grill off and wait 15 minutes before re-lighting.

      ~ Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors far from all homes and in an open level area.

      ~ Keep children and pets at least 10 feet away from the grill and never leave it unattended.

      ~ Keep the grill clean by removing grease and fat build up from the grate and the tray below the grill.

      ~ For charcoal grills, use only approved lighter fluids.

      Learn more: Mud, Bugs and BarbecueGoing outside?

      First Aid Store offers the best brands of Burn First Aid & Burn Care Products and Supplies: From our Burn First Aid Kits to Burn Sprays, Burn Care Products and S.T.A.R.T Burn Care Unit. We offer Fire Blankets, Water Gel Wraps, Water Gel, Burn Cream & Dressings. Everything you need to treat burns! First Aid Store offers the best brands of Burn First Aid & Burn Care Products and Supplies: From our Burn First Aid Kits to Burn Sprays, Burn Care Products and S.T.A.R.T Burn Care Unit. We offer Fire Blankets, Water Gel Wraps, Water Gel, Burn Cream & Dressings. Everything you need to treat burns!
    • What to do for a Knocked out Tooth

      Tooth First Aid / Dental First Aid... it's a "side note" often, if mentioned at all in first aid training - but it's a serious matter - our smile is our greeting to the world!

      What to do:

      • As always. get permission to give care if the casualty is a conscious adult (if a child without a guardian, you may go on "implied consent - if the casualty is unconscious - deal with that, not the tooth!)
      • If person is conscious and able to cooperate, rinse out the mouth with cold tap water, if available.
      • Have person bite down on a rolled sterile dressing in the space left by the tooth to stop bleeding.
      • Save any displaced teeth. Place them in milk, if possible, or cool water. Pick the tooth up by the crown (white part), not the root.
      • Have person see a dentist immediately.

      The Adventure Medical Kits Dental Medic. We offer the Adventure Medical Dental Medic at First Aid Store™… Nothing brings a person to his or her knees like a dental emergency. Be ready for fast tooth first aid!

      • Price: $12.49 - In stock
      • Brand: Adventure Medical Kits
      • Product ID: 0185-0102
    • Fall Protection Safety Training Fights #1 Cause of Accidents in Industry and Construction

      fall-protection-tileMost industrial accidents result from falls... most fatalities in construction result from falls... and fall protection is OSHA's most frequently cited violation. You can offer proven "Fall Protection" and "Fall Protection in Construction Environments" training that helps employees work safely "off the ground" and also helps employers to meet OSHA's requirements for fall protection training.

      Falls are the second leading cause of death each year in the United States (after traffic accidents)! Over 10,000 people are killed every year as a result of falls...and 200,000 to 300,000 people are disabled. Eight-five percent of all falls that occur on the job result in "lost work time".

      Our updated "Fall Protection" courses have been enhanced with all-new visuals to get the safety messages across to employees even more effectively.

      First Aid Store offers training products on Fall Protection for general and construction work environments to provide the information employees need to work safely when off the ground, and assist in satisfying the major training requirements in the OSHA Standard on Fall Protection. Topics covered in these products include: The seriousness of fall hazards, Types of environments where falls may occur, Fall Protection Plan, Concentrating and keeping a clear head, The importance of housekeeping in preventing falls, Measures that can be taken to protect against falls, Protective equipment.

      Safety-First

    • 5 Things You Really Need to Know About Zika

      Outbreaks of Zika have been reported in tropical Africa, Southeast Asia, the Pacific Islands, and most recently in the Americas. Because the mosquitoes that spread Zika virus are found throughout the world, it is likely that outbreaks will continue to spread. According to the CDC; here are 5 things that you really need to know about the Zika virus.

      Zika is primarily spread through the bite of an infected mosquito.

      Many areas in the United States have the type of mosquitoes that can become infected with and spread Zika virus. To date, there have been no reports of Zika being spread by mosquitoes in the continental United States. However, cases have been reported in travelers to the United States. With the recent outbreaks in the Americas, the number of Zika cases among travelers visiting or returning to the United States will likely increase.

      These mosquitoes are aggressive daytime biters. They also bite at night. The mosquitoes that spread Zika virus also spread dengue and chikungunya viruses.

      The best way to prevent Zika is to prevent mosquito bites.

      Protect yourself from mosquitoes by wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants. Stay in places with air conditioning or that use window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside.  Sleep under a mosquito bed net if air conditioned or screened rooms are not available or if sleeping outdoors.

      Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents. When used as directed, these insect repellents are proven safe and effective even for pregnant and breastfeeding women.Zika_prevent-mosquito-bites

      Learn more about DEET & Picaridin.

      Do not use insect repellent on babies younger than 2 months old. Dress your child in clothing that covers arms and legs. Cover crib, stroller, and baby carrier with mosquito netting.

      Read more about how to protect yourself from mosquito bites.

      Infection with Zika during pregnancy may be linked to birth defects in babies.

      Waiting for a baby. Close-up of young pregnant woman touching her abdomen while sitting on the couchZika virus can pass from a mother to the fetus during pregnancy, but we are unsure of how often this occurs. There have been reports of a serious birth defect of the brain called microcephaly (a birth defect in which the size of a baby’s head is smaller than expected for age and sex) in babies of mothers who were infected with Zika virus while pregnant. Additional studies are needed to determine the degree to which Zika is linked with microcephaly. More lab testing and other studies are planned to learn more about the risks of Zika virus infection during pregnancy.

      We expect that the course of Zika virus disease in pregnant women is similar to that in the general population. No evidence exists to suggest that pregnant women are more susceptible or experience more severe disease during pregnancy.

      Because of the possible association between Zika infection and microcephaly, pregnant women should strictly follow steps to prevent mosquito bites.

      Pregnant women should delay travel to areas where Zika is spreading.

      Until more is known, CDC recommends that pregnant women consider postponing travel to any area where Zika virus is spreading. If you must travel to one of these areas, talk to your healthcare provider first and strictly follow steps to prevent mosquito bites during the trip.

      If you have a male partner who lives in or has traveled to an area where Zika is spreading, either do not have sex or use condoms the right way every time during your pregnancy.

      For women trying to get pregnant, before you or your male partner travel, talk to your healthcare provider about your plans to become pregnant and the risk of Zika virus infection. You and your male partner should strictly follow steps to prevent mosquito bites during the trip.

      Returning travelers infected with Zika can spread the virus through mosquito bites.

      Man using insect repellantDuring the first week of infection, Zika virus can be found in the blood and passed from an infected person to a mosquito through mosquito bites. The infected mosquito must live long enough for the virus to multiply and for the mosquito to bite another person.

      Protect your family, friends, neighbors, and community! If you have traveled to a country where Zika has been found, make sure you take the same measures to protect yourself from mosquito bites at home as you would while traveling. Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants , use insect repellant, and stay in places with air conditioning or that use window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside.

      For more information on the Zika virus, read Zikaand for the latest updates, visit www.cdc.gov/zika.

    • Emergency Alert System Test

      Today is a BIG Day for Emergency Systems... Today FEMA and State Broadcasters, in Coordination with Emergency Managers, Test the Emergency Alert System.

      The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with state, local, tribal, and territorial emergency managers and state broadcasters’ associations, will conduct a test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) in twenty-two states, two territories, and the District of Columbia on Wednesday, February 24, at 2:20 p.m. (Eastern).

      easBroadcasters from the following locations are voluntarily participating in the test: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Texas, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Virginia. The EAS test is made available to radio, broadcast and cable television systems is and scheduled to last approximately one minute.

      The test will verify the delivery and broadcast, and assess the readiness for distribution of a national-level test message. The message of the test will be similar to the regular monthly test message of EAS, normally heard and seen by the public: “This is a national test of the Emergency Alert System. This is only a test.”

      The EAS test might also be seen and heard in states and tribes bordering the states participating in the test.

      Public safety officials need to be sure that in times of an emergency or disaster they have methods and systems that will deliver urgent alerts and warnings to the public when needed.  Periodic testing of public alert and warning systems is a way to assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine what improvements in technologies need to be made.

      More information on the Public Alert and Warning System and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) is available at www.fema.gov/ipaws or www.ready.gov/alerts.

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      READ MORE:

      WEA – Wireless Emergency Alerts

      Free FEMA App: Disaster Resources, Disaster Reporter, Weather Alerts, Social and Preparedness

      Important Lifesaving Alerts

    • Compressed Gas Cylinders

      Compressed gases are used frequently today in many work environments. Your customers may have them on hand for refrigeration, welding, heating and a host of other purposes. But compressed gases... and the cylinders that contain them... can be dangerous.  You can provide the training your employees need to handle compressed gas cylinders properly and work with them safely.

      Our newly revised training products on Compressed Gas Cylinders provide workers with important information on the hazards of the cylinders and the gases they contain, correct procedures for storing and installing them, and how to locate and deal with gas leaks. And this updated version of the program features all-new visuals and a fresh look and feel that engages trainees for even more effective learning.

      Compressed Gas Cylinders

      Compressed-GasFirst Aid Store offers training products on Compressed Gas Cylinders which provide the information employees need to handle and transport these potentially volatile storage containers. Topics covered in these products include: Associated hazards, Moving and transporting cylinders safely, Positioning cylinders properly, Proper hook-up procedures, Safe storage practices, Storage incompatibilities.

      Part of the Safety Meeting Kit Series, Compressed Gas Cylinders is available in DVD or interactive CD-ROM format, as well as for online/SCORM and VOD/video streaming delivery.

      Also read: Safety Training for the Manufacturing Environment & How to Make the Workplace Safer for Industrial Workers

      Compressed Gas Cylinders Safety Training Materials

      K0002599EM Safety Meeting Kit (DVD format)

      - Includes DVD Program, 5 Posters and 30 Employee Booklets

      V0002599EM DVD Program

      - Program Length = 19 min

      - Includes Leader's Guide, Training Certificate, Employee Quiz and Scheduling & Attendance Forms

      C0002590ED Interactive CD-ROM Course

        - Using full-motion video, the course is divided into chapters and includes quizzing and remediation.

        - Includes CourseWorks, a complete learning management system to track employee training data.

      B0001320EM Employee Booklet

      -16 page booklet reinforces the topics covered in the program

      -Package of 15

      P000CGC0EM Poster

       - Uses a "catchy" slogan to remind employees to think safety:

         "Work Shouldn't Be A 'Gas'... Handle Compressed Gas Cylinders Carefully"

    • Confined Spaces

      Every year, hundreds of employee deaths and thousands of injuries occur in and around confined spaces.

      In 1993 OSHA addressed these hazards in the Permit-Required Confined Spaces Standard for General Industry. Its May 2015 Confined Spaces in Construction Standard (slated for full enforcement starting October 2) extends similar protections to workers in the construction industry.

      Confined SpaceThe new Standard also clarifies many points in the earlier General Industry rule. And depending on the tasks their workers will be performing in the Permit Space, many employers that don't normally consider themselves to be in the "construction" business may find that the Construction Standard applies to them, as well.

      Employers need this critical information on how to stay compliant with OSHA's regulations and keep their workers safe in confined spaces. ... you can accomplish this with our updated Confined Space Entry training.

      The Confined Space Entry training program provides employees with current facts on confined space hazards, how a Permit Space Program reduces these risks, what roles they may play in a confined space entry, how to keep themselves and their co-workers safe inside, and more.

      Our Confined Space Entry Compliance Manual provides employers with instructions on building their own Permit-Space Program, complying with the OSHA Standards, employee training, and more. And by addressing the Confined Spaces Standards for both general industry and construction, the Manual answers the questions employers will have about any type of activity in their confined spaces.

      This updated program is available now in English (Spanish to follow shortly) and in DVD or interactive CD-ROM format, as well as for online/SCORM and VOD/video streaming delivery:

      First Aid Store offers these training products created specifically for OSHA's Permit Required Confined Space Regulation (29 CFR Part 1910.146). Because of OSHA's broad definition of "confined space", these products will be useful to a number of different types of facilities, including manufacturers, utilities, petroleum and chemical industries, hospitals and many others.

       

      K0002549EO Regulatory Compliance Kit (DVD format)

      - Includes DVD Program, Compliance Manual, 5 Posters and 30 Employee Booklets

      V0002549EO DVD Program

      - Program Length = 27 min

      - Includes Leader's Guide, Training Certificate, Employee Quiz and Scheduling & Attendance Forms

      C0002540ED Interactive CD-ROM Course

      - Using full-motion video, the course is divided into chapters and includes quizzing and remediation.

           - Includes CourseWorks, a complete learning management system to track employee training data.

      M0002540EO Compliance Manual

      -Provides a comprehensive listing of what must be done to comply with the regulations, as well

      -as a  "fill-in-the-blank" written Permit Entry Program.

      B0002540EO Employee Booklet

      -16 page booklet reinforces the topics covered in the program

      -Package of 15

      P000CFS0EX Poster

       - Uses a "catchy" slogan to remind employees to think safety:

        "Remember... Confined Spaces Can Be Dangerous Places!"

    • Rebar

      These rebar should be bent over or protected with caps so that a worker would not be injured by falling on them. These rebar should be bent over or protected with caps so that a worker would not be injured by falling on them.

      Ouch - just the thought of it causes a shudder. Nevertheless, rebar impalements are frequent, and serious. While this is a frequent construction injury, it is also the cause of many child injuries, as no matter how well a jobsite is locked down, no matter how many warning signs are posted, and no matter how often parents warn children against it - kids LOVE to play on construction sites. (Also see Bleeding Control to learn how to treat these injuries!)

      Falls: Unguarded Protruding Steel Rebar

      Unguarded protruding steel reinforcing bars are hazardous. Even if you just stumble onto an unguarded rebar you can impale yourself, resulting in serious internal injuries or death.

      Rebar-capsHow Do I Avoid Hazards?

      • Guard all protruding ends of steel rebar with rebar caps or lumber, or 
      • Bend rebar so exposed ends are no longer upright.
      • Plan ahead to ensure there are enough rebar caps or materials to construct guards before installing rebar.

      Rebar Caps

      The OSHA Standard requires that rebar "be guarded to eliminate the hazard of impalement." Not all guards provide that level of protection. In some circumstances, the force of a fall can cause rebar to push clear through a plastic cap and still impale a worker, or the worker can be impaled by the rebar and the cap together.

      Only rebar caps designed to provide impalement protection, such as those containing steel reinforcement, should be used.

      See:

      Why Construction Safety Training Matters

      How Much Safer is the Construction Industry Today?

      What goes into a Construction First Aid Kit?

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    • Help Reduce The Hidden Hazards of Office Work

      office-ergonomics-tileDon't forget...

      • Safety is just as important in the office as it is on the plant floor.
      • And you can help them office employees to stay safe.

      How? With updated office safety training.  From general principles to step-by-step how-to's, these courses provide the practical information employees need . Titles include:

      What's more, these programs feature updated content, revised style and organization, and brand new visuals... so they engage and inform employees even more effectively.

      Office Safety shows employees how to use good safety practices to avoid the office hazards, including tools and materials, powered equipment, storage units, fires, and more.

      K0002359EM Safety Meeting Kit (DVD format)

      - Includes DVD Program, 5 Posters and 30 Employee Booklets

      V0002359EM DVD Program

      - Program Length = 13:33 min

      - Includes Leader's Guide, Training Certificate, Employee Quiz and Scheduling & Attendance Forms

      C0002350ED Interactive CD-ROM Course

      - Using full-motion video, the course is divided into chapters and includes quizzing and remediation.

           - Includes CourseWorks, a complete learning management system to track employee training data.

      B0000200EM Employee Booklet

      -16 page booklet reinforces the topics covered in the program

      -Package of 15

      P000OFF0EM Poster

       - Uses a "catchy" slogan to remind employees to think safety:

        "It's Worth 'Working Overtime'... On Office Safety"

        Video Streaming / VOD and Interactive SCORM / Online versions of the courses are also available.

      Office Ergonomics takes a closer look at the physical stresses and strains in office work, how employees can adjust their workspaces to avoid them, how to use neutral body positions to prevent them, and more.

      K0002369EM Safety Meeting Kit (DVD format)

      - Includes DVD Program, 5 Posters and 30 Employee Booklets

      V0002369EM DVD Program

      - Program Length = 12:26 min

      - Includes Leader's Guide, Training Certificate, Employee Quiz and Scheduling & Attendance Forms

      C0002360ED Interactive CD-ROM Course

      - Using full-motion video, the course is divided into chapters and includes quizzing and remediation.

           - Includes CourseWorks, a complete learning management system to track employee training data.

      B0000190EM Employee Booklet

      -16 page booklet reinforces the topics covered in the program

      -Package of 15

      P0000190EM Poster

       - Uses a "catchy" slogan to remind employees to think safety:

        "It's Your Move! Practice Good Ergonomics"

        Video Streaming / VOD and Interactive SCORM / Online versions of the courses are also available.

      Computer Workstation Safety reviews the safe use of computers, including how to avoid musculoskeletal disorders, how to avoid eyestrain, and what tension and stress-reducing exercises can help prevent potential problems.

      K0002349EM Safety Meeting Kit (DVD format)

      - Includes DVD Program, 5 Posters and 30 Employee Booklets

      V0002349EM DVD Program

      - Program Length = 10:38 min

      - Includes Leader's Guide, Training Certificate, Employee Quiz and Scheduling & Attendance Forms

      C0002340ED Interactive CD-ROM Course

      - Using full-motion video, the course is divided into chapters and includes quizzing and remediation.

           - Includes CourseWorks, a complete learning management system to track employee training data.

      B0002340EM Employee Booklet

      -16 page booklet reinforces the topics covered in the program

      -Package of 15

      P0002340EM Poster

       - Uses a "catchy" slogan to remind employees to think safety:

        "'Monitor' Your Work Habits... Use Your Computer Workstation Safely"

        Video Streaming / VOD and Interactive SCORM / Online versions of the courses are also available.

      These revised programs are available as a part of the Safety Meeting Kit series.  They are available in hard copy DVD or interactive CD-ROM format, as well as for online/SCORM and VOD/video streaming delivery, in both English and Spanish.

      Office Safety shows employees what hazards exist in office environments, and how important it is to use good safety practices as they go about their work.

      workstationErgonomics is specialized, and must be different to consider issues and potential ergonomic problems in office, manufacturing, assembly and warehouse environments, Our matererials cover recognizing ergonomic problems, potential adverse effects, and pragmatic solutions employees can use to address to these problems. Topics covered in these products include: Physiology of the body, Parts of the body most affected, Eye strain, Pragmatic preventative measures, Correct use of office equipment, Exercises and stress release, and more.

      Computer Workstation Safety reviews the safe use of computers, and offer practical solutions to many potential problems. Topics covered in these products include: Organization of work materials, Maintaining neutral positions, Positioning the back and torso, Avoiding and relieving eyestrain, Avoiding and relieving muscle strain, Tension and stress reducing exercises, and more.

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