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    • April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

      April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month we want to remind all to raise awareness withing their circles of the dangers of Sexual Violence, which can also take place as a part of Workplace Violence, and for parents and educators can involve Teens – Dating – Violence.

      Sexual Assault

      April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and CDC’s Injury Center is urging you to spread the word about preventing sexual assault. Sexual violence is a serious problem that affects millions of people every year. National studies indicate that an alarming 1 in 5 women have experienced rape or attempted rape and 1 in 15 men have been made to penetrate someone during their lifetimes

      Sexual Violence involves a range of acts including attempted or completed forced or alcohol/drug facilitated penetration (i.e., rape), being made to penetrate someone else, verbal (non-physical) pressure that results in unwanted penetration (i.e., sexual coercion), unwanted sexual contact (e.g., fondling), and non-contact unwanted sexual experiences (e.g., verbal harassment, voyeurism). The consequences of sexual violence burden victims with physical and psychological injuries that can last throughout the lifespan—a burden that also results in significant economic and societal costs.

      Sexual assault is preventable, not inevitable. Evidence supports comprehensive approaches with interventions at multiple levels (individual, relationship, community) are critical to having a population level impact on sexual violence.

    • Happy Holidays - Free 22 Minute First Aid Video

      More Home Injuries Occur During the Holidays than ANY other time of Year!
      Our gift to you is this FREE 22 minute First Aid video to help remind you of how to use the first aid kit you ordered from us, and how to care for all those minor home injuries. Watch it as a free skills refresher so you are ready for whatever mishaps may occur. If you like it, feel free to Pin it, Post it, Tweet it, like it on Facebook, Email it, or share via your favorite social media!

       

    • Happy Summer - Are you Ready for Summer Safety, Summer Sun and More? #Summer

      Today is the First Day of Summer! Summer means fun outdoors, at the beach, Barbecues, sports - so many great ways to enjoy fresh air and sunshine.. but only when you do it safely! Here are some of our favorite Summer Safety Tips:

      Don’t let Summer begin without getting geared up... as we explained during Extreme Heat WeekExcessive Heat is more common now with Global Warming, and more Heat Waves -  Heat is a Major Killer. Watch out for Heat Alerts and know the Symptoms of Heat Disorders.

      Other Safety Blog Posts we think you may enjoy when preparing for a safe Summer:

       

    • 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!

    • Safety Pays: The ROI of Workplace Safety

      While everybody agrees that safety is an important part of the workplace, most people don’t recognize that ignoring safety has hard economic costs that far exceed the costs of any equipment or procedure changes. Oftentimes, safer procedures actually increase productivity or improve quality. Safety improvements not only save money by preventing accidents, they often also make a strong contribution to the bottom line.

      According to the National Safety Council, the average direct cost of an injury is $39,000, and the average cost of a worker death is $1.42 million. That amounts, on average, to an additional $1,400 in productive output per worker to offset the cost of a single accident. Imagine the impact on the bottom line if you could raise profit by $1,400 per employee, for each workplace accident your company suffered last year.

      Safety-SignsTo look at it from another angle, to cover the cost of accidents by increasing revenue, calculate “sales equivalent dollars.” Take that $39,000 average injury cost, multiply by 100% and divide by your company’s margin. If your margin is 5%, you need to raise $780,000 in additional sales to offset the cost of a single accident. The economic impact is staggering.

      According to Carol Johnson, president and CEO of Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, the biggest obstacle to improving safety is complacency. As employees become comfortable in their jobs and routines, they tend to lose focus. It only takes a single moment of inattention for an accident to occur. So how can organizations keep safety awareness high?

      One way is to ensure that safety is a top priority for everyone in the company. Digital signage announcing safety reminders and training or the number of days without accidents is an inexpensive way to keep safety visible throughout the workplace. Changing the text frequently is easy with digital signage, and including safety tips or thought-provoking facts about safety helps keep things interesting. By mounting the digital signage in places like entries and break rooms where it will be seen often, you can keep safety in the forefront of everyone’s mind.

      Colonel Michael Farrell, commander of the Sacramento district of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in California, believes it’s about empowerment. By providing the tools and the power to stop unsafe acts, Colonel Farrell points out that every employee feels a stronger sense of ownership and responsibility for safety. He uses new hire training as the first step in building safety awareness into his team’s culture.

      Other ways to ensure safety is a priority is to tie incentives to safety records. Safety should be part of every manager’s management by objectives, but it also helps if the workers have an incentive to be safe. This could be a small bonus — a free turkey at Thanksgiving or a company outing in the summer. The point is simply to show that management cares as much about safety as they do about productivity.

      safety-training-guyIt’s relatively easy to create an ROI on the hard costs — the costs of an accident compared to the investment in improvements in safety — but much harder to assign a value to soft costs such as lost sales from customers who disapprove of the company’s safety practices.

      With the well-documented high cost of accidents in the workplace, it is relatively simple to create a business case that proves safety investments are less expensive than allowing an unsafe condition to persist or an accident to occur.

      Contributed by Steve Chang. Mr. Chang
      understands the importance of safety communications as the Senior Vice-President of Strategy and Solutions at RMG Networks. Steve oversees the strategic direction and expansion of RMG’s intelligent visual communications and business solutions that drive tangible value for customers across a variety of markets.

      OSHA Safety Training keeps your company compliant with OSHA Standards and offers training in every category of work. Cal/OSHA, Construction, Forklift, DOT, Maritime, Oil & Gas, too!
      1. OSHA Safety Training & Compliance Books, CDs, and DVD Videos
      2. Federal OSHA / 29 CFR Standards
      3. Cal / OSHA Standards
      4. DOT / 49 CFR Standards
      5. Forklift
      6. HAZWOPER
      7. Hearing Protection & Supply
      8. Maritime
      9. Oil & Gas
    • Workplace Violence

      Did you know...

      • That two million people become victims of workplace violence every year?
      • That one out of every six violent crimes occurs in the workplace?
      • That the fourth-ranking cause of workplace fatalities is currently homicide?

      April is National Workplace Violence Prevention Month. To prepare, employers are searching for a way to reduce their employees'... and their own... risk of violent behavior.

      Our Workplace Violence program has been updated to get viewers' attention and keep it... by presenting this important information in a fresh and engaging way. Enhanced content over the previous version of the course with an improved structure, and added brand new visuals - Plus it's been topped it off with an up-to-date look and feel.

      Workplace Violence helps employees recognize the warning signs of possible violent behavior, and shows them how to avoid or defuse potentially dangerous situations. Topics include threats and verbal abuse, sexual harassment, physical assault, dealing with armed assailants and more.

      Workplace Violence

      workplace-violence-tileFirst Aid Store offers training products on Workplace Violence to show employees how to recognize the warning signs of possible violent behavior, as well as how to avoid or defuse potentially dangerous situations. Topics covered in these products include: Underlying causes of workplace violence, The warning signs, Aggressive behavior, Threats and verbal abuse, Sexual harassment, Physical assault, Armed assailants, Fostering a positive workplace environment, and more.
      All these formats are available in our Workplace Violence Safety Training Materials category!

      K0002399EM Safety Meeting Kit (DVD format)

      - Includes DVD Program, 5 Posters and 30 Employee Booklets

      V0002399EM DVD Program

      - Program Length = 14 min

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

      C0002390ED 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.

      B000VIL0EM Employee Booklet

      -16 page booklet reinforces the topics covered in the program

      -Package of 15

      P000VIL0EM Poster

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

        "Don't Be A Fool... Keep Your Cool!  Help Prevent Workplace Violence"

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

      This revised program is available as a part of the Safety Meeting Kit series.  It is available in hard copy DVD or interactive CD-ROM format, as well as for online/SCORM and VOD/video streaming delivery, in English. Spanish, too!

    • OSHA Recordkeeping Compliance

      osha-recordkeeping-all-tileConfusion among employers over which forms should be used to initially report injuries and illness, and those that should be used for submission to OSHA or the proper reporting agency may result in problems. Any gaps in your OSHA 300 log can trigger OSHA inquiries or even inspections.

      Accurate reporting is imperative, and is a good tool to use in determining problem areas in the company’s business operation. So, prepare now to fill in the missing information as soon as possible.

      Issues to consider: The importance of the employees work relationship - Rules for temporary workers - What OSHA means by “restricted work” - What are the exceptions to OSHA recordability - Prescription medications versus OTC medicines - Calculation of injury and illness rates - Resources to evaluate injury recordability including OSHA Interpretations Issues to consider: The importance of the employees work relationship - Rules for temporary workers - What OSHA means by “restricted work” - What are the exceptions to OSHA recordability - Prescription medications versus OTC medicines - Calculation of injury and illness rates - Resources to evaluate injury recordability including OSHA Interpretations

      OSHA Recordkeeping Compliance: Completing and Maintaining the OSHA 300 Log.

      Learn about filling out and maintaining OSHA Injury and Illness logs.

      Know what should be reported as an injury or illness, as well as how to account correctly for lost work time.

      First Aid Store offers training products on OSHA Recordkeeping for Managers and Supervisors and Employees that cover the details of the regulation's requirements, show actual workplace incidents demonstrating what each level of employee's responsibilities are in documenting and reporting recordable accidents, and review the information that they need to provide. Topics covered in these products include:Revisions in the regulation and why recordkeeping is important, Which recordkeeping requirements apply to specific work environments, Using the new recordkeeping forms, Definitions and examples of work-related illnesses and injuries, Information employees should provide about an incident situation, Recordable incident scenario.and more.OSHA Recordkeeping training DVDs, videos, Student books, posters and more!

      Need to get your OSHA 300 Logs to keep compliant? See them online:

      OSHA-300THE AMERICAN SAFETY TRAINING / MANCOMM OSHA 300 LOG - PACKAGE OF 5

      THE AMERICAN SAFETY TRAINING / MANCOMM OSHA 300 LOG - PACKAGE OF 25

    • Preparedness for all Calamities - Stay Strong and Survive!

      Earthquakes in California - Well that was the idea, but seismic activity is up Globally in areas that never worried about Earthquakes before. Tornadoes & Hurricanes have been ravaging areas that previously weren't concerned with weather disasters. Wherever you are, you should be prepared to survive for at least 72 hours without outside services, better, have supplies and a plan to sustain your workplace or household for 5 days or longer (we learned this from Katrina!)

      Emergency preparedness is not the sole concern of Californians for earthquakes, those who live in "Tornado Alley"; or Gulf Coast residents because of hurricanes. Most communities may be impacted by several types of hazards during a lifetime. Americans also travel more than ever before; to areas impacted by hazards they may not be at risk of near their homes. Knowing what to do before, during and after an emergency is a critical part of being prepared and may make all the difference when seconds count.

      Survival Gear for Businesses and Preparedness Products for Home & Auto Survival Gear for Businesses and Preparedness Products for Home & Auto

      Some of the basic protective actions are similar for multiple hazards. For example, safety is necessary when experiencing all hazards, whether this means sheltering or evacuating depends on the specific emergency. Developing a family communications plan or making an emergency supply kit are the same for accidental emergencies, natural disasters and also terrorism. However, there are important differences among potential emergencies that should impact the decisions you make and the actions you take.

      Here are some survival recommendations, plans, lists and ideas:

      Preparedness for All Hazards

      Emergency preparedness requires attention not just to specific types of hazards but also to steps that increase preparedness for any type of hazard. The resources below are intended to help professionals take an all-hazards approach to preparedness.

      Preppers know to be ready, but we all need our "Go Gear" - be ready when emergencies occur! Preppers know to be ready, but we all need our "Go Gear" - be ready when emergencies occur!
    • Budgeting and Planning for Safety...

      BigMoneyAs we have all been digging in and starting off a new year, we all should think of safety needs for the next 12 Months. Whether personal safety needs, or OSHA or Industry required safety compliance for the workplace, planning saves time, money, and stress.

      There's that saying "those who fail t plan plan to fail", well that certainly applies to safety.  While of course you will want to schedule your safety training and events out for the year, you should look at your safety purchasing, too.

      Take a look back at what you spent your safety dollars on last year. Did you realize that in most cases you can save significantly by making all you annual safety purchases at one time? Most First Aid Kits & Cabinets, Bloodborne and spill pick up supplies, CPR & AED Products, and even your smaller first aid refills can be purchased in quantity for lower pricing? Not only that, but you'll save a ton on shipping by placing one or two larger orders than ordering on an as-needed basis throughout the year.

      Safety Training costs can be knocked down by the same method. You can get discounts for ordering all your Safety Training Programs at one time, and if you need instructor-led safety training,  you can talk to the safety training organization about times of year they offer discounts or if you can get lower fees by arranging your classes for larger groups sizes.

      What you save by planning ahead can be used toward new and improved safety processes, fun safety incentives, or just better bottom line.

    • FEMA and OSHA keep Disaster Cleanup Crews Safe

      As 2015 came to a close and 2016 began, most of us got together with family and friends to celebrate the holidays and ring in a new year. But not everyone was able to enjoy a happy and healthy holiday season, as some communities across the Midwest were devastated by tornadoes and historic floods exacerbated by a strong El Niño. First responders, emergency managers, national guardsmen and volunteers from around the nation rallied together to help those in need. Right alongside them were local and regional Occupational Safety and Health Administration staff.

      OSHA is on the scene following the historic flooding of lower lying counties along the Mississippi and Meramec rivers in Missouri and Illinois in late 2015-early January. Get more information on staying safe during cleanup operations at www.osha.gov.

      That’s because when communities experience extreme winter weather events, floods or tornadoes, many responders and volunteers may not know about the hazards involved in recovery. Unstable structures, downed electrical lines, fall hazards, hypothermia, mold and even raw sewage from overflowing sewer lines all present dangers.

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