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    Monthly Archives: March 2016

    • Who needs Bloodborne Pathogen protection and training?

      bloodborne-airborne-banner_3Who needs Bloodborne Pathogen training? Anyone who may come into contact with Blood or Other Potentially Infectious Materials (OPIM), as a part  of their work. Even as a collateral duty.

      Employer Responsibilities:

      • BBP-KitDevelop a written Exposure Control Plan
      • Develop Engineering Controls
      • Provide Personal Protective Equipment including Spill PIck Up kits or supplies when appropriate.
      • Offer training in, and monitoring of proper work practices.
      • Develop procedures to evaluate circumstances surrounding Exposure Incidents.
      • Offer the Hepatitis B (HBV) vaccine to all employees with designated exposure risk.
      • Provide labels and signs.

      Employee Responsibilities:

      BioUse PPE whenever the possibility of exposure to blood or body fluids exists. This equipment must not allow blood or OPIM to pass through to the employee’s clothes, skin, eyes, or mouth.

      When handling materials or individuals contaminated with blood or OPIM, rubber gloves must be worn. Hypoallergenic gloves must be made available for individuals with allergic reactions to latex products.

      Single-use gloves must be replaced as soon as possible after they have been contaminated or if they become torn or punctured.

      Latex or rubber gloves should never be washed for reuse.

      Rubber gloves are not sufficient protection for the handling of contaminated sharp objects such as needles or broken glass. For these functions, use heavy gloves, tongs, or other appropriate equipment that eliminates the risk of puncture and exposure. Other examples of personal protective equipment can include:

      • PLASTIC VISORS

      • HALF-FACE MASKS

      • FULL BODY SUIT/GOWN

      • EYE GOGGLES

      • CPR MASKS

      First Aid Store is proud to offer Pathogen Protection including Bloodborne Protection such as BBP Kits and Spill Clean-Up Kits. Other Blood borne pathogen infection control and Airborne Pathogen Protection supplies such as Antimicrobial and Germicidal Wipes, Antiseptic Solutions and Disinfectant Sprays, Fluid Control Solidifiers and Biohazard Bags, Gowns, Booties and Masks - even Personal Protection Kits & Sharps Disposal. First Aid Store is proud to offer Pathogen Protection including Bloodborne Protection such as BBP Kits and Spill Clean-Up Kits. Other Blood borne pathogen infection control and Airborne Pathogen Protection supplies such as Antimicrobial and Germicidal Wipes, Antiseptic Solutions and Disinfectant Sprays, Fluid Control Solidifiers and Biohazard Bags, Gowns, Booties and Masks - even Personal Protection Kits & Sharps Disposal.

      The type and amount of Personal Protective Equipment used should be appropriate to the exposure risk. Although your employer is responsible for providing you with PPE, it is your responsibility as an employee to:

      • Use PPE correctly and whenever necessary,
      • Inform your employer of any PPE improvements that you feel must be made to ensure your safety on the job.

      Bloodborne Pathogens Training

      Bloodborne Pathogen Safety Training

      Bloodborne Pathogens

      2 Hours
      $16.50 - $29 per student
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    • Bicycle Accident Prevention – How to Avoid the Most Common Collisions

      Is is Springtime, and people are heading out to enjoy the weather. One popular outdoor Spring Sport is bicycling. It is fun, but can be quite hazardous.

      It’s no secret that cyclists on the street have to be defensive. Whether following the law or not, if a collision happens between a bicycle and almost anything else on the road, the bicycle is going to lose the battle every time.

      According to the most current statistics provided by the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration, in 2012, there were 726 cyclists killed in traffic crashes with 49,000 more injured. In order to cut down on traffic related fatalities and injuries for cyclists, many cities have introduced new rules and methods for keeping them safe. Late last year, Vancouver, Washington, for example, added green paint to certain portions of their bike lines in an effort increase visibility with a color coded cue for drivers. However, not all cities are fortunate to have such clearly marked lanes for bikers, and even if they do, there are inevitably still going to be close calls.

      Bearing this in mind, here is a list of the five most common and dangerous situations for bikers as well as a couple of tips on how to avoid getting yourself into trouble:

      Drive out at controlled intersection: As the cyclist approaches a controlled intersection, a car rolls through the stop or doesn’t see the bike approaching, causing a collision with the side of the bike as it passes through the intersection.

      Avoid this situation by slowing down as you approach any intersection. Just because the car may not have the right of way doesn’t mean that they will stop. If possible, be sure to make eye contact with the driver before pulling out into the intersection.

      Dooring: A driver opens their door in front of an oncoming bike and they cannot stop in time, forcing the cyclist to run into the door or swerve into open traffic.

      Avoid this situation by riding left enough in the bike lane so that you can’t be hit, even if a door does open in front of you. A car approaching from behind is more likely to see and go around you than a person blinding opening their door without checking their rearview mirror.

      The Wrong Way Wreck: The cyclist is riding the wrong way (against traffic) and a car makes a right or left turn directly into them as they pass through an intersection.

      Avoid this situation by always riding with traffic in the same direction. While going the opposite direction as traffic may seem like a good idea because you can see the cars before they pass you, the drivers are not focused on wrong way traffic. If that’s not enough of an incentive, riding against traffic is usually a ticketable offense.Bicycle-Safety

      The Right Hook: A car passes you from behind and then tries to make a right turn directly in front or right on top of you.

      Avoid this situation by not riding on the sidewalk. Many of these crashes occur because the driver never saw the cyclist in the first place. By staking out your place in the lane prior to the turn, the driver will be more aware of your intended movement as you approach the intersection.

      The Rear End: The cyclist veers left unexpectedly into the lane, maybe to avoid an obstruction, and gets rear ended by a car from behind.

      Ultralight First Aid Kits fit on a bicycle, or in a bag easily and have the essentials you need without bulk or weight Ultralight First Aid Kits fit on a bicycle, or in a bag easily and have the essentials you need without bulk or weight

      Avoid this situation by never moving left in a lane without checking behind you first. Using an attachable rearview mirror is very effective for this. Also be sure to signal and make your movement patterns clear to others around you.

      These are just a few of the most common situations that pose a threat to many cyclists while out on the road. Remember, at the end of the day, right of way and the rules of the road are not always enough to keep you safe. Even if you are in the right, slowing down or waiting a few extra seconds before passing through a dicey intersection can be the difference between serious injury or avoiding it all together.

      Also read Emergency First Aid Considerations – practical thoughts.

      Contributing Author Rob Tindula writes for the Vancouver personal injury lawyers at the NW Injury Law Center in Washington.

    • Smart First Aid begins before Injury

      First Aid is defined as "emergency care or treatment given to an ill or injured person before regular medical aid can be obtained" but we think it begins before that.first aid dude

      Bystander first aid requires acquiring the knowledge of how to properly render aid, and having to tools and supplies at hand to do so.

      So real first aid is:
      ⊕ Education
      ⊕ Preparation
      ⊕ Action

      If you want to be a real first aider... learn about first aid steps - you can get a first aid guide for a buck (but read it, don't just "have it" - you don't want to have to "read and learn" in a crisis) or take a First Aid Course to learn hands on first aid skills. Too lazy or cheap to do either of these? Watch a free first aid video.

      Next, prepare yourself... got a first aid kit? Now open it up, go through the first aid kit contents, make sure the aren't expired, and know what to do with them.

      Last - take action - be a "By Doer" not a "By-Stander". So many are reluctant to get involved, but wouldn't you want someone to help you if you were injured? "Do unto others..."

      First aid definition from Meriam Webster, Image from Gettyimages

    • Happy Easter

      HAPPY EASTER

       

      EasterAll I need to know

      I learned from the Easter Bunny!

      Don't put all your eggs in one basket. 

      Everyone needs a friend who is all ears.

      There's no such thing as too much candy.

      All work and no play can make you a basket case.

      A cute tail attracts a lot of attention.

      Everyone is entitled to a bad hare day.

      Let happy thoughts multiply like rabbits.

      Some body parts should be floppy.

      Keep your paws off of other people's jelly beans.

      Good things come in small, sugar coated packages.

      The grass is always greener in someone else's basket.

      To show your true colors, you have to come out of the shell.

      The best things in life are still sweet and gooey..

      May the joy of the season fill your heart.

      Happy Easter!

    • Watch out for Bunnies and Others on the Road

      This weekend, many will be traveling to spend time with family, have outings with children, and "celebrate".

      While Easter is not a holiday typically known as a "party weekend", people, do, nevertheless, imbibe. What is different about Easter is that often the drinking occurs earlier in the day... while typically you can judge the "odds" of other drivers being under the influence by the time of day (or rather night) - on Easter, you should consider that many may be having a liquid brunch as well.

      Here are some other tips for road safety this weekend:

      ⊗ Auto-EmergencyRoad Safety: Keeping Safe & Secure

      ⊗ Driving Safety and Preventable Death: 9 Lifesaving Resources

      ⊗ Remember Road Fatalities

      ⊗ Driving During Thunderstorms

      ⊗ Sobering Facts about Drunk Driving

      DOT Chart showing typical alcohol impaired driving by hour:Drinking-by-the-hour

    • Sobering Facts about Drunk Driving

      Alcohol is by far the world’s most popular intoxicant, and while its health risks are more or less common knowledge, the popularity of alcohol is decidedly unwavering. While there may arguably be situations where liquid courage can be an asset, driving is most definitely not one. One of the first things to go when consuming alcohol is good judgment, and when this is absent in a driving situation, chaos ensues. Roughly 32% of fatal car accidents occur as a direct result of a driver under the influence of alcohol making bad choices. This may include not buckling, reckless speeding or dozing off at the wheel.

      The Stats
      Looking at drunk driving statistics is indeed a sobering experience, and the numbers tell a disturbing story of avoidable and needles deaths. Almost 13.000 people are killed in alcohol related car crashes every year, and many thousand are injured. Extrapolating these numbers leads us to the shocking fact that a person is injured or killed in a drunk driving crash every two minutes (http://www.madd.org/drunk-driving/about/drunk-driving-statistics.html). Drunk driving is, in most cases, not a one-off occurrence. On the contrary, the average drunk driver have driven drunk eighty times before his or her first arrest. During a survey in 2012, 29.1 million people admitted to have driven while drunk. That is more than the population of Australia. Night time is the most dangerous, as drunk driving accidents occur 4.5 times more frequently at night than during the day. According to the statistics, young people are most at risk, as one out of three people involved in fatal drunk driving accidents are between 21 and 24 years of age.MADD

      BAC
      BAC, or blood alcohol content, is the most credible measure of ones level of intoxication. Put simply, it is the percentage of alcohol in a person’s blood. So a BAC of 0.10% indicates that one tenth of a percent of a person’s blood is alcohol. Australian law permits a legal limit of 0.05 BAC, and 0 BAC for probationary license holders and learners. An important question to ask yourself is how many drinks constitute a 0.05 BAC, and the answer depends on various factors, including gender, weight and the amount of food intake before and after drinking. A rule of thumb is that men can consume two standard drinks in the first hour and one every following hour, while this number for women is one in the first and one each consecutive hour. One standard drink translates to one can of mid strength beer, one glass of red wine or a single shot of regular spirits.

      Solutions
      While there is no cure-all for drunk driving, there are measures that aim to actively decrease the number of drunk drivers on the roads. Seemingly, the most effective deterrent is automatic license revocation, and a zero tolerance policy. DUI courts specialize in addressing the problem of problematic repeat offenders by providing counselling and treatment for alcohol addiction. Demerits, fines, vehicle seizure policies and prison time also serve to discourage drunk driving. A long term solution lies in raising awareness about the perils of drunk driving, and awareness is rising. A shining example of this is that the USA has seen a halving of the number of drink driving deaths since 1980, even though the number of cars on the roads has exponentially grown. There are many myths surrounding drunk driving, but it is important to know that time is the only thing that will sober a person up. A cold shower, exercise or drinking strong coffee will do nothing at all to lower your BAC.

      Conclusion
      There is a steep price to pay for drunk driving, both in lives and in collateral damage. Even though most countries have a legally permissible amount you can drink before getting behind the wheel, it is best not to drink at all. A BAC of 0.08 makes you seven times more likely to have a car accident, and this is a gamble no one should take. Make sure to do everything in your power to avoid driving after you have had something to drink. Take a cab, have a designated sober driver, or simply walk home. It is sure better than not coming home at all.

      Related reading: Speed thrills and killsDriving Safety and Preventable Death: 9 Lifesaving Resources

    • How To Find The Best Safety Training Programs

      Under Occupational Health and Safety (OSHA) Regulations, all employers have an obligation to ensure they are providing a safe workplace for their employees. This means that employers must provide safety training to teach workers how to recognize potential hazards and how to safely use, handle, store, and dispose of hazardous substances. For many employers, providing safety training for their employees can be a challenge.

      For US companies, the common options are hiring out, or rather scheduling in a professional Safety Training Organization to conduct on-site (or "in-house") safety training for employees or to purchase OSHA compliant Safety Training Materials and having on-staff personnel (usually HR, or a Safety Manager) perform the employee training.

      OSHA Safety Training for Construction, General Industry, Office, Warehouse Environments and any/every other business - Comply with OSHA Requirements OSHA Safety Training for Construction, General Industry, Office, Warehouse Environments and any/every other business - Comply with OSHA Requirements

      In the past, most safety training was provided in-house; however, over the past decade there has been a significant shift towards the utilization of online safety training.  When considering online as an alternative... make sure it is adequate, compliant, and that you have thorough record-keeping. Remember, too, that just as with live instruction, to be OSHA compliant, employees must have a competent person available to answer any additional related questions on the topic, and to explain the correct answers to any test questions they may miss. Some topics, too, such as CPR can be learned online in principle, but must be "blended" with actual hands-on practice with a qualified Instructor  in order to obtain actual certification.

      Safety-Training-ComputerWhat To Look For In An Online Safety Training Program
      The company you select to provide your online safety training should be there to help guide you through every step of the education and certification process. When looking to hire an online safety training program provider, here are some of the most important factors to consider:

      Course Selection
      You want to make sure the provider you choose has all the accredited courses that are needed to meet OHS legislated requirement, as well as course that your company may require in the future to address potential growth. Having a comprehensive library of online courses means that all the resources you need are in one place, with no ‘shopping around’ required.

      Cost Savings
      Online training is extremely cost effective. You won’t be spending money hiring instructors, or booking a training space. Make sure the online training provider you choose offers some flexibility (group discounts, corporate accounts, etc.)

      Technical Support
      The last thing you need is for an employee to not be able to complete a course because of technical issues. Make sure your online training provider should offers technical support as part of your package.

      Competency-Based Training
      Competencies are the skills required to complete a specific role or task. Many companies have begun using competency-based assessments to determine what training employees need to be successful in their work. Look for an online training program that defines the competencies a specific program or course will address, as this will help supervisors and employees to find the best training solutions.

      Interactive Content
      No matter how interesting the training content may be, if learners are not engage it is likely that their attention will be lost. Look for online training courses that make use of learning activities that require the user to interact with the material. This will help increase their focus and retention of the material.

      Uses Real World Images
      Some learners will lose interest quickly in a course if they feel it doesn’t apply to them practically. The use of cartoon-type graphics can sometimes leave an adult learner feeling uninterested or patronized. An effective online training program should use real world pictures and simulations, including video, animations and decision trees.

      Voiceovers Are Used
      There are several different types of learning styles. To make sure that you are appealing to all of these styles, look for courses that use a combination of visuals, reading and audio voiceovers. This has proven to be the most effective way to deliver online content, as it meets the needs of a broad range of students.

      Current Content
      The Occupational Health and Safety landscape is not static. Process and policy are constantly being updated, and it’s important that your training provider stays up to date. Look for a provider that is responsive to changes in regulations for a broad spectrum of industries.

      Variety In Testing
      In the same way that non-interactive content decreases engagement, so does always using the same testing method. Look for a training provider that uses a variety of testing methods, including multiple choice, true and false, and fill-in-the-blank. It’s also important that no two tests are ever the same. To ensure that tests are different, look for a provider that offers tests generated at random from a centralized question pool. This is particularly important for learners who may have to re-test in the same program.

      Using online safety training to satisfy the occupational health and safety requirements for your company is an easy way to make sure your employees are informed and engaged. It might take some research, but there are some excellent training programs out there with all the features necessary to build the best program for you and your company. Look for training programs that go beyond the basics and offer excellent value, with a large selection of highly interactive courses that maximize learning for different learning styles.

      Adapted for the First Aid Blog, from a Safety article contributed by Morgan Douziech is the owner of SET Safety, an online training provider based in Edmonton, AB. SET Safety specializes in online safety training with 300+ online courses, including First Aid, Emergency First Aid, Ground Disturbance, Confined Space, Defensive Driving Demerit Reduction, Crane training, Dangerous Goods, Workplace Hazardous Materials and more!

    • Swim Safety: The Overlooked Dangers of Over Chlorinated Pools

      While Swim Safety Week is not until May, Spring weather is here and kids of all ages are jumping in  the pool. The country’s warmest states are fully defrosted from winter as the summer sun begins to peek through March’s clouds. Arizona, California and Florida seem to skip spring, heading straight into swim season, already seeing an increase in visitors to public pools to keep cool. It's never too early to consider swimming safety.

      THE URGENT FIRST AID™ SWIMMING POOL & LIFEGUARD FIRST AID KIT - METAL

      Tragically, a young Florida boy was recently hospitalized after swimming in a pool. Persistent and painful coughing and vomiting, his parents called for emergency services. After attending to the child, they found the apartment complex’s pool was over chlorinated.

      Florida continuously ranks amongst the nation’s highest pool accidents and deaths, according to Daytona Beach accident attorney, Corey Bundza, whose firm sees an increase in pool accidents beginning this time of year. He is working to bring awareness to pool safety tips that are commonly overlooked by the state filled with swimming lovers.

      There are countless articles on swimming safety and lifeguard tips, but are you aware of pool chlorine safety? It’s a necessary chemical for pools, the only exception being salt water pools, but too little and too much can create an unhealthy environment.

      Our Chemical Necessity
      Chlorine is the chemical used in pools to rid water of E.Coli, parasites, and other harmful bacteria through a fairly simple chemical reaction. But in science, simple doesn’t always translate to speedy- chlorine takes time to work.

      Without chlorine, water-inhabiting bacteria would make most public pools a dangerous pastime where primal people dared to become entangled with deadly microorganisms. But chlorine must be maintained properly, monitored by a pH scale. Sparing the nitty gritty details, there is a safe range for pH levels - between 7.2 and 7.8, equivalent with that of a swimmer’s body- and illnesses can begin if the levels drop below or rise above. When pH levels go above the recommended guidelines aka over chlorinated pools, pool chlorine disinfection will begin.

      Sunlight, debris, dirt and many other things from a swimmers’ body can reduce a pool’s chlorine levels. So it’s important they are routinely measured by someone who understands pH levels and how long chlorine takes to go into effect.

      Symptoms of Over Chlorinated Pools
      While a little pool water landing in a swimmer’s mouth from the big kid’s cannonball or from the youngin' practicing holding their breath is generally harmless, kids can become sick from swallowing too much chlorinated water. This is enhanced, of course, when the water is over chlorinated leading to chlorine poisoning or so-called recreational water illness (RWI).

      RWI can include a wide variety of symptoms. Within the first 72 hours, swimmers falling sick with RWI may exhibit these symptoms:
      - Upset stomach and vomiting
      - Intense and persistent coughing
      - Trouble breathing
      - Fatigue

      It’s imperative parent’s understand these are initial symptoms of RWI, as they are, understandably, often mistaken for the common flu or food poisoning. If a child swam in the past three days and begins exhibiting these symptoms, it’s important to notify the child’s physician. As time progresses, symptoms progress to diarrhea; abdominal pain; swelling, burning, and infections of the eye, nose, ears, and throat.

      Over and under chlorinated pools also share some immediate effects: redness and irritation in the eyes, nose, mouth and ears. Parent’s can examine their children for these symptoms once their finished swimming for the day.

      If no immediate irritation is present, medical emergency personal offer the following advice:
      Listen for a nagging cough after swimming. If the cough doesn’t go away, this could be a sign they swallowed too much water or inhaled it.
      Be on alert for flu-like symptoms. If the child was swimming recently, advise your doctor so they can check for RWI.

      In the past twenty years, America has seen a sharp increase in the number or RWI outbreaks, according to the CDC, growing from just over 3,000 cases in 2004 to almost 11,000 by 2008. And in 2010, one in eight public pool inspections resulted in immediate closure of due to serious code violations like improper chlorine levels.

      Know the symptoms of RWIs, chlorine poisoning, and stay safe and cool in the pool.

      For more information on general pool and warm weather safety, check out this article from Safety.com. Or these helpful posts:

      It's never too early to consider swimming safety.

      Splish Splash: Spring Swimming Pool Safety

      Links for Healthy and Safe Swimming Information and Resources

      Swimming and Drowning concerns at the Pool & Beyond

      Avoiding Injuries in and around Swimming Pools

      Contributing Author Jen Mur writes in conjunction with a consumer safety organization and the attorneys of Bundza & Rodriguez.

    • Happy Spring!

      Today is the First Official Day of Spring!

      Go out and PLAY!

      spring

    • What can you do for Red Cross Month?

      CERT-gearBe a Hero - Thinking about how you can make a difference during Red Cross Month? You can volunteer for your local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Volunteers assist others in their community following a disaster when professional responders are not immediately available to help.

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