One year ago Today, our Team met at the White House to help design the Stop the Bleed Campaign with other industry leaders... the program was later officially launched (another visit to the White House in October) and is gaining ground today... learn how you can save lives through bleeding control:
Monthly Archives: July 2016
Today is World Nature Conservation Day.
As we each think about ways to reduce, reuse, recycle today, we thought we would give you some inspiration...
Some people take refurbishment to a whole new level. Take Shinslab Architecture, a Korea-based firm that just recently won this year's MoMA Young Architects Program in Seoul for their creation "Temp'L". Made from an old, rusty ship's bilge, the pavilion boasts a winding staircase leading to a balcony, trees and benches for visitors to rest upon. The rust-laden shell of the ship contrasts uniquely with the fresh, clean feel of the interior, bringing large-scale upcycling to the forefront of the Seoul architecture scene. See for yourself:
Celebrated on July 28 each year, World Nature Conservation Day recognizes that a healthy environment is the foundation for a stable and productive society and to ensure the well-being of present and future generations, we all must participate to protect, conserve, and sustainably manage our natural resources.
OSHA reaches out (FEMA is concerned)... With more than 110 million Americans exposed to excessive temperatures this week − heat indexes are expected to be above 90 degrees in almost all 48 continental states − the Occupational Safety and Health Administration urges employers to protect workers who may be exposed to extreme heat while working outdoors or in hot environments
What can you do to "beat the Heat"?
¤ Heat Stress
¤ Heat Alerts
¤ Beat The Heat with the FEMA App
¤ Recognizing and Treating Heat Exhaustion
¤ Heatstroke deaths are 100 percent preventable
¤ Over 650 people die each year from exposure to extreme heat
It can be a matter of life and death.
Just this past Friday, a 23-year-old landscape employee working in direct sunlight near Poplar Bluff, Missouri, became overheated around 4 p.m. when the heat index was near 110 degrees. He had been chipping limbs, stacking brush and flagging traffic for hours that day. He was rushed to the hospital with a core body temperature of 108 degrees and died the following day from heat-related illness. July 22 was only his fourth day on the job.
What makes his death even more tragic is that it was entirely preventable. Heat-related deaths can be avoided if employers use commonsense precautions, and if they and their employees understand the warning signs of heat illness.
During this heat wave, OSHA urges employers to plan additional precautions to reduce the risks of heat exposure. Those steps include acclimating workers to the hot environments, providing frequent water breaks, allowing ample time to rest, and providing shade.
One of the most common problems identified in heat-related deaths and illness of workers is the lack of an employer-run heat prevention and acclimatization program. Steps to prevent heat illness include:
- Drinking water every 15 minutes, even if you are not thirsty.
- Resting in the shade to cool down.
- Wearing a hat and light-colored clothing.
- Learning the signs of heat illness and what to do in an emergency.
- Keeping an eye on fellow workers.
- Getting used to heat with an “easy does it” approach on the first days of work during hot spells.
Some people assume that a worker is not at risk for heat stroke if they are still sweating. This is not true. You can be sweating and still have heat stroke. A common symptom of heat stroke is mental changes, such as confusion or irritability. Heat stroke is an emergency. Employees should know to call 911 and alert a supervisor as quickly as possible if there is any suggestion of heat stroke.
To learn more about the symptoms of heat stress see OSHA’s Heat Stress Quick Card. The risk of heat stress increases for workers 65 and older, for those who are overweight, have heart disease or high blood pressure or take medications.
Also remember that working in full sunlight, as the Missouri landscaper was doing, can increase heat index values by 15 degrees Fahrenheit. So that means if the temperature is 95 degrees, it will feel like 110 in direct sunlight. Employers and workers can track the heat index at their work site using OSHA’s free Heat Safety Tool app, available for iPhone and Android devices.
And don’t forget those employed in hot indoor environments, such as bakeries, warehouses and boiler rooms. They are also at risk when temperatures rise.
Each year, thousands of workers suffer the effects of heat exposure. Some even die from it. Let’s weather the summer heat with extra water, rest and shade and make sure each worker returns home safely.
It's hot across the U.S. and folks are out traveling for summer break. Download the FEMA app for free on the App Store and Google Play to stay cool and know ahead of time when extreme heat and other severe weather is on the way. Add up to five locations to include your upcoming travel destinations, and watch over family and friends out-of-town. The FEMA app also provides other safety tips to help you stay prepared:
- What to pack in an emergency kit with an interactive checklist.
- What to do to stay safe before, during, after each type of emergency.
- Where to go with directions to open shelters and where to talk to FEMA in person if disaster strikes.
We have said it before, and we will say it again - the word Preparedness begins with "Pre-".. this means before, don't react to an emergency by "preparing" get your gear and your plan together today.
Don't wait, communicate with your family today about an emergency plan today. Visit www.Ready.gov/communicate for tools and resources to make and practice a family emergency communication plan. In recent years, devastating earthquakes, tornadoes, floods and wildfires have highlighted the need for Americans to prepare for natural disaster. However, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), half of Americans have not discussed or developed a family emergency plan. The Ad Council has partnered with FEMA on the Ready Campaign since 2003, with the goal of educating Americans about the best ways to prepare.Family communication plan template designed for kids to organize emergency contact phone numbers and identify an emergency meeting place.Family communication plan template designed for parents to organize emergency contact phone numbers and identify an emergency meeting place.
Ready to get your stuff?
We've talked a lot lately about the need to update your office first aid kits to the new ANSI First Aid Requirements, as well as information about keeping your records straight on workplace mishaps but what about preventing the injuries before you need to treat them or report them?
Quill put out a great infographic to help with this that we would like to share:
Injury–Proof Your Office Prevent Safety Hazards with this Important Guide
Each year, more than 4 million workers suffer a serious job-related injury or illness. From slips, falls, and trips to lifting and striking/catching injuries (when workers are struck or caught by an object), workplace hazards are inevitable—even in an office setting. If you experience an injury on the job, we've got the steps you should take to keep your employer and insurer in the loop. As for employers, we have tips and suggestions to keep your workplace safe, which include installing proper lighting and surfaces, stocking up on the right supplies to stay organized and prevent tripping hazards, and educating employees. Check out the infographic above to help prevent workplace injuries and know what to do should one occur.
The summer season brings warm temperatures and longer days, but it can also bring heavy rains that can increase your risk for one of the most common disasters in the United States – floods. Properly preparing for this hazard can keep your family safe, minimize potential damage, and speed up recovery efforts.
While everyone is at risk for flooding, many remain financially unprotected. One of the best ways to protect your home is by purchasing flood insurance because homeowner’s insurance policies may not cover flood losses. Keep in mind that there is a 30-day waiting period before flood coverage takes effect!
In addition to flood insurance, the How to Prepare for a Flood guide from America’s PrepareAthon! outlines steps you can take to safeguard your home and possessions, including:
- Keep important papers in a fireproof, waterproof box. For electronic records, keep a backup drive in your fireproof, waterproof box or store files using a secure, backed up web-based service.
- Elevate the furnace, water heater, and electric panel if the location is susceptible to flooding.
- Install “check valves” in sewer lines to prevent floodwater from backing up into the drains of your home.
No matter the source, a flood does not have to be a catastrophic event to be costly. Just a few inches of water can cause thousands of dollars in damage. Check out this interactive Cost of Flooding tool from FloodSmart.gov to measure the financial impact a flood could have on your home.
- Lightning Deaths Double in the USA: #LightningSafety #SummerSafety
- Spring and Summer Weather Worries: Get A Plan! ⛅️
- Hurricanes – Just a coastal issue? No.
- Flooding & Extreme Precipitation
- Flooding: Are you Prepared?
- When the Waves Swell
- Summer Outdoor Safety
The Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children will support the efforts of those seeking to prevent violence, protect childhood, and help make societies safe for children… watch the video to learn more.First Aid Store is proud to offer a full range of Top Brand child first aid and emergency products, from decorated theme bandages, to survival kits to first aid fun! See our Ow-Wee-Kit, Child I.D. & Records Mini Kit • Latex Free & Fun MediBag 4 Kidz & Kid Friendly First Aid Kits in FUN COLORS! • Also see our FUN BANDAGES... Many themes to suit Kids of all ages (we like them ourselves!)
We've told you about the awesomeness of Drones bringing lifesaving to those in need - now a little but about drone art.
Drones have opened up a whole new world of possibilities when it comes to capturing breathtaking images. Ten years ago, if you wanted to take an aerial view photograph, you most likely would have had to hire a pilot to take you up. Today, with a relatively small investment and a bit of practice, you can have a bird's-eye-view in no time! This year's 3rd Annual
International Drone Photography awards competition has concluded and the winners are stunning.
Check out the rest of the winners at: BoredPanda!
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