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  • Don’t Rely on Quick Flu Tests

    Flu is now widespread in 41 U.S. states, and as patients fill clinics and emergency rooms, federal health officials are advising doctors not to rely entirely on quick flu tests. The H1N1 swine flu — which first emerged in 2009, when it caused a pandemic — is causing 99 percent of the cases that are being tested, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in its weekly flu report. It’s not clear why, but the rapid flu tests used in many clinics are getting what are called false negatives — that is, they indicate someone does not have influenza when in fact they do, said Dr. Angela Campbell, a medical officer in CDC’s respiratory diseases branch.

    5 Fast Facts about this Year’s Flu Season:

    Every season, flu causes on average 200,000 Americans to go to the hospital and kills thousands to tens of thousands of people depending on the severity of the season. Because flu is unpredictable, each season is different. That’s why CDC works hard to protect people by tracking flu every season. CDC identifies where flu viruses are circulating, those that are most affected by this season’s viruses, and communicates that information to the public.

    Here are some things to know about the 2013-2014 flu season so far and steps you can take to protect yourself from flu.

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    1. Flu activity has picked up across the country.

    Flu activity is now increasing nationwide, with the south-central and southeastern United States being the first to get hit hard this year. There will likely be several more weeks of high flu activity, especially in states where activity is just picking up, or has yet to pick up. There are now 41 states reporting widespread flu, so this year’s season is in full swing. To see flu activity levels in your state click here.

    2. Young people and middle age adults are at risk, especially if they have at least one risk factor for serious illness.

    This season, CDC has received a number of reports of severe flu making young and middle-aged adults sick and an increase in hospitalizations caused by H1N1. It’s important to remember that flu can be a serious disease for anyone—even healthy young people who are often less likely to get vaccinated. The most common circulating flu virus so far this season is H1N1, the same virus that emerged in 2009 to cause a pandemic. During the 2009 pandemic, younger adults and children, particularly those with medical conditions putting them at high risk for flu complications, were more affected by H1N1 than adults 65 and older. This included pregnant women and people who were morbidly obese.

    3. It’s still not too late to get vaccinated.

    Now is still a good time to get vaccinated since high flu activity will probably continue for several weeks and flu can spread as late as May. All flu vaccines this season are designed to protect against H1N1, the most common flu virus so far this season. CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get an annual flu vaccine, especially people who are at high risk of serious flu complications. To find flu vaccines in your area, click hereExternal Web Site Icon.

    4. If you do become sick with the flu, prescription medications can help.

    Flu antiviral drugs (e.g., Tamiflu®, Relenza®) are prescription medicines that can shorten the length of illness and lessen symptoms. Even more importantly, these medicines can reduce your risk of serious complications from flu, including hospitalization and death. The antiviral drugs work best when started as soon as possible after symptoms develop. People with high risk factors who get flu-like symptoms should seek medical care ASAP.

    5. CDC continues to monitor flu activity and make recommendations to the public.

    Flu is unpredictable, so CDC closely watches flu activity every year. CDC, the World Health Organization, FDA, and many other international partners conduct global flu surveillance 24/7 and work together to select the viruses that the flu vaccine will protect against. During the flu season, CDC reports U.S. flu surveillance weekly on FluView and communicates with health care providers throughout the season to update them on the latest recommendations. CDC encourages the public to “Take 3” – get the flu vaccine, take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs, and take antiviral medicines if your doctor prescribes them.

    According to NBC, It’s not clear why, but the rapid flu tests used in many clinics are getting what are called false negatives — that is, they indicate someone does not have influenza when in fact they do, said Dr. Angela Campbell, a medical officer in CDC’s respiratory diseases branch.

    Digitally-colorized image of a collection of influenza A virions. The predominant influenza A virus this year is H1N1 Digitally-colorized image of a collection of influenza A virions. The predominant influenza A virus this year is H1N1 - The H1N1 swine flu — which first emerged in 2009, when it caused a pandemic — is causing 99 percent of the cases that are being tested, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in its weekly flu report.

    Because flu can kill — and rapidly sometimes — doctors, nurses and other health professionals should be treating patients based on symptoms, Campbell told doctors on a conference call this week. The flu drugs Tamiflu and Relenza can both ease symptoms, but they work best when given quickly, within a day or two of symptoms showing. Continue reading

  • NWS Aware/Disaster Preparedness Report

    Get your Gear on - Prepare for Disaster! Get your Gear on - Prepare for Disaster!

    Did you know that NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and NWS (National Weather Service) offer a Disaster Preparedness Report? They have been since 1976!

    Aware is a free publication of the National Weather Service geared to the emergency management community, partners and NWS staff. It is only available in electronic format. Feel free to download and reprint any edition. To subscribe or unsubscribe to Aware, go to http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/awarelist.shtml

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    Disaster Preparedness Report : predecessor of Aware
    1981

    In some years, Aware was not published quarterly.
  • Winter Safety FAQs

    If you want to stay Warm & Safe in Winter... you need to know what you are dealing with:

    What is the wind chill effect?

    As the speed of the wind increases, it can carry heat away from your body much more quickly. When there are high winds, serious weather-related health problems are more likely, even when temperatures are only cool.

    Visit the National Weather Service Web site for a Windchill Chart (shows the difference between air temperature and perceived temperature and amount of time until frostbite occurs), Wind Chill Calculator, and information on the updated Wind Chill Temperature Index.

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    Download the Windchill brochure
    in PDF format.

    WHY ARE INFANTS AND OLDER PEOPLE MOST AT RISK FOR COLD-RELATED ILLNESS?

    Infants lose body heat more easily than adults; additionally, infants can't make enough body heat by shivering. Infants less than one year old should never sleep in a cold room. Provide warm clothing and a blanket for infants and try to maintain a warm indoor temperature. If the temperature cannot be maintained, make temporary arrangements to stay elsewhere. In an emergency, you can keep an infant warm using your own body heat. If you must sleep, take precautions to prevent rolling on the baby. Pillows and other soft bedding can also present a risk of smothering; remove them from the area near the baby.

    Older adults often make less body heat because of a slower metabolism and less physical activity. If you are more than 65 years of age, check the temperature in your home often during severely cold weather. Also, check on elderly friends and neighbors frequently to ensure that their homes are adequately heated.

    WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I GET STRANDED IN COLD WEATHER?

    Tie a brightly colored cloth to the antenna as a signal to rescuers.
    Move anything you need from the trunk into the passenger area.
    Wrap your entire body, including your head, in extra clothing, blankets, or newspapers.
    Stay awake. You will be less vulnerable to cold-related health problems.
    Run the motor (and heater) for about 10 minutes per hour, opening one window slightly to let in air. Make sure that snow is not blocking the exhaust pipe—this will reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
    As you sit, keep moving your arms and legs to improve your circulation and stay warmer.
    Do not eat unmelted snow because it will lower your body temperature.

    WHAT IS THE BEST CLOTHING FOR COLD WEATHER?

    Adults and children should wear:

    • a hat
    • a scarf or knit mask to cover face and mouth
    • sleeves that are snug at the wrist
    • mittens (they are warmer than gloves)
    • water-resistant coat and shoes
    • several layers of loose-fitting clothing

    Be sure the outer layer of your clothing is tightly woven, preferably wind resistant, to reduce body-heat loss caused by wind. Wool, silk, or polypropylene inner layers of clothing will hold more body heat than cotton. Stay dry—wet clothing chills the body rapidly. Excess perspiration will increase heat loss, so remove extra layers of clothing whenever you feel too warm. Also, avoid getting gasoline or alcohol on your skin while de-icing and fueling your car or using a snow blower. These materials in contact with the skin greatly increase heat loss from the body.

    Do not ignore shivering. It's an important first sign that the body is losing heat. Persistent shivering is a signal to return indoors.

    WHAT SHOULD I EAT AND DRINK DURING PERIODS OF EXTREME COLD?

    Eating well-balanced meals will help you stay warmer. Do not drink alcoholic beverages—they cause your body to lose heat more rapidly. Instead, drink warm, sweet beverages such as hot chocolate to help maintain your body temperature. If you have any dietary restrictions, ask your doctor.
    HOW CAN I HEAT MY HOME SAFELY?

    If you plan to use a wood stove, fireplace, or space heater, be extremely careful. Follow the manufacturer's instructions as well as the advance home safety measures on page 4 and remember these safety tips:

    • Store a multipurpose, dry chemical fire extinguisher near the area to be heated.
    • Do not burn paper in a fireplace.
    • Ensure adequate ventilation by opening an interior door or slightly opening a window if you must use a kerosene heater.
    • Use only the type of fuel your heater is designed to use—don't substitute.
    • If your heater has a damaged electrical cord or produces sparks, don't use it.
    • Use fireplaces, wood stoves, and other combustion heaters only if they are properly vented to the outside and do not leak flue gas into the indoor air space. Make sure chimneys and flues are cleaned periodically.
    • Do not place a space heater near things that may catch on fire, such as drapes, furniture, or bedding.

    WHAT IS HYPOTHERMIA?

    When exposed to cold temperatures, your body begins to lose heat faster than it can be produced. The result is hypothermia, or abnormally low body temperature. Body temperature that is too low affects the brain, making the victim unable to think clearly or move well. This makes hypothermia particularly dangerous because a person may not know it is happening and won't be able to do anything about it.

    Hypothermia occurs most commonly at very cold environmental temperatures, but can occur even at cool temperatures (above 40°F) if a person becomes chilled from rain, sweat, or submersion in cold water.

    WHO IS MOST AT RISK FOR HYPOTHERMIA?

    Victims of hypothermia are most often:

    • elderly people with inadequate food, clothing, or heating
    • babies sleeping in cold bedrooms
    • children left unattended
    • adults under the influence of alcohol
    • mentally ill individuals
    • people who remain outdoors for long periods—the homeless, hikers, hunters, etc.

    WHAT ARE THE WARNING SIGNS FOR HYPOTHERMIA?

    Adults:

    • shivering/exhaustion
    • confusion/fumbling hands
    • memory loss/slurred speech
    • drowsiness

    Infants:

    • bright red, cold skin
    • very low energy
    • WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I SEE SOMEONE WITH WARNING SIGNS OF HYPOTHERMIA?

    If you notice signs of hypothermia, take the person's temperature. If it is below 95°F (35°C), the situation is an emergency—get medical attention immediately.

    If medical care is not available, begin warming the person, as follows:

    • Get the victim into a warm room or shelter.
    • If the victim has on any wet clothing, remove it.
    • Warm the center of the body first—chest, neck, head, and groin—using an electric blanket, if available. Or use skin-to-skin contact under loose, dry layers of blankets, clothing, towels, or sheets.
    • Warm beverages can help increase the body temperature, but do NOT give alcoholic beverages. Do not try to give beverages to an unconscious person.
    • After body temperature has increased, keep the person dry and wrapped in a warm blanket, including the head and neck.
    • Get medical attention as soon as possible.

    A person with severe hypothermia may be unconscious and may not seem to have a pulse or to be breathing. In this case, handle the victim gently, and get emergency assistance immediately. Even if the victim appears dead, CPR should be provided. CPR should continue while the victim is being warmed, until the victim responds or medical aid becomes available. In some cases, hypothermia victims who appear to be dead can be successfully resuscitated.

    WHAT IS FROSTBITE?

    Frostbite is an injury to the body that is caused by freezing. Frostbite causes a loss of feeling and color in affected areas. It most often affects the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers, or toes. Frostbite can permanently damage the body, and severe cases can lead to amputation.
    WHAT ARE THE WARNING SIGNS OF FROSTBITE?

    At the first signs of redness or pain in any skin area, get out of the cold or protect any exposed skin—frostbite may be beginning. Any of the following signs may indicate frostbite:

    • a white or grayish-yellow skin area
    • skin that feels unusually firm or waxy
    • numbness
    • Note: A victim is often unaware of frostbite until someone else points it out because the frozen tissues are numb.

    WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I SEE SOMEONE WITH WARNING SIGNS OF FROSTBITE?

    If you detect symptoms of frostbite, seek medical care. Because frostbite and hypothermia both result from exposure, first determine whether the victim also shows signs of hypothermia, as described previously. Hypothermia is a more serious medical condition and requires emergency medical assistance.

    If (1) there is frostbite but no sign of hypothermia and (2) immediate medical care is not available, proceed as follows:

    • Get into a warm room as soon as possible.
    • Unless absolutely necessary, do not walk on frostbitten feet or toes—this increases the damage.
    • Immerse the affected area in warm—not hot—water (the temperature should be comfortable to the touch for unaffected parts of the body).
    • Or, warm the affected area using body heat. For example, the heat of an armpit can be used to warm frostbitten fingers.
    • Do not rub the frostbitten area with snow or massage it at all. This can cause more damage.
    • Don't use a heating pad, heat lamp, or the heat of a stove, fireplace, or radiator for warming. Affected areas are numb and can be easily burned.

    Note: These procedures are not substitutes for proper medical care. Hypothermia is a medical emergency and frostbite should be evaluated by a health care provider. It is a good idea to take a first aid and emergency resuscitation (CPR) course to prepare for cold-weather health problems. Knowing what to do is an important part of protecting your health and the health of others.

  • Learn First Aid Free

    We think everyone knows just how essential having a First Aid Kit is. Everyone should have First Aid Supplies at home, work, in their car, for their pets, etc... But what good are these first aid kits if you don't know how to use them?

    A simple cut can become a dangerous infection if not treated properly. A small piece of debris in the eye can cause permanent damage to eyesight. You can always schedule a First Aid Training Class at your location for your family or group. We also offer this free 22 minute video to teach you how to use also those handy (and sometimes baffling) first aid items in your first aid kit... 22 minute Free First Aid Video:
    “How To Use A First Aid Kit… What Your First Aid Course Didn't Teach You”

    Great for refresher training between full certification classes!

    How To Use a First Aid Kit... What Your First Aid Course Didn't Teach You: Free 22 minutes Safety Video. Learn the contents of a first aid kit and how to properly use them when providing first aid. Great for standalone training, refresher First Aid Training between full First Aid Certification Courses, or just to learn about performing basic first aid and utilizing those obscure first aid kit content items found in a comprehensive first aid kit. Also a great guide for what to look for when buying a first aid kit.
    Watch this informative First Aid Video Free to learn first aid today!

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  • Students learn wilderness first aid at Yellowstone

    Participants in a wilderness first aid course held earlier this month in Gardiner, Mont. take turns as patients and rescuers while simulating a variety of scenarios.

    Visitors to Yellowstone National Park’s north entrance earlier this month may have wondered what disaster had struck the small town of Gardiner, Mont.

    But the “patients” and “rescuers” scattered around the Yellowstone Association building just outside Roosevelt Arch were all part of a 2-day wilderness first aid course being offered by the Wilderness Medicine Institute, part of the National Outdoor Leadership School.

    The class was taught through the Yellowstone Association Institute out of their Gardiner offices.

    The Wilderness Medicine Institute defines wilderness medicine as, among other things, a situation in which the patient is at least an hour from definitive medical care.

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    Since that describes many of the trails in Yellowstone Park and the surrounding ecosystem, it is not surprising that the Yellowstone Association has opted to provide several opportunities for students to learn the skills called for in a wilderness medical situation.

    The Yellowstone Association Institute works as a partner to the National Park Service, offering classes and educational opportunities for people to learn more about human interaction with the natural world.

    The Yellowstone Association is offering another wilderness first aid course May 14-15 at a cost of $260. Visit the Association’s website for more details.

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  • ¡Cuidado! Estar sentado todo el día destruye tu salud

    Ejercicio y problemas respiratorios El ejercicio físico es muy importante para prevenir y mejorar la calidad de vida de las personas que poseen enfermedades respiratorias. La actividad física no solo fortalece los músculos respiratorios sino que también ayuda a mejorar la disnea o sensación de falta de aire y la sensación de fatiga, síntomas comunes en muchas enfermedades respiratorias. Además el ejercicio ayuda a distribuir mejor el oxígeno captado por la respiración. Si tienes trastornos respiratorios visita a tu médico antes de realizar ejercicio físico ya que este necesita ser adaptado a tu capacidad respiratoria la cual el médico evaluará con un estudio llamado "espirometría" Ejercicio y problemas respiratorios
    El ejercicio físico es muy importante para prevenir y mejorar la calidad de vida de las personas que poseen enfermedades respiratorias. La actividad física no solo fortalece los músculos respiratorios sino que también ayuda a mejorar la disnea o sensación de falta de aire y la sensación de fatiga, síntomas comunes en muchas enfermedades respiratorias. Además el ejercicio ayuda a distribuir mejor el oxígeno captado por la respiración. Si tienes trastornos respiratorios visita a tu médico antes de realizar ejercicio físico ya que este necesita ser adaptado a tu capacidad respiratoria la cual el médico evaluará con un estudio llamado "espirometría"

    La falta de actividad física es uno de los factores de riesgos más importantes para la salud.

    El sobrepeso afecta negativamente la calidad y expectativa de vida. Diabetes, hipertensión, depresión y muchas más enfermedades están asociadas con el sobrepeso. Una dieta balanceada y ejercicio le puede ayudar a bajar de peso y mejorar su salud. Lea más sobre los beneficios de ser activo.

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  • Winter Comfort and Safety at Home and On the Road

    Winter has arrived and you should stockpile the following supplies in the event a winter storm or power outage prevents you from leaving your home.

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    • Flashlights and extra batteries
    • Battery-operated radio and extra batteries
    • Emergency non-perishable foods that do not require refrigeration
    • Non-electric can opener
    • Bottled water
    • One week supply of essential medicines
    • Extra blankets and sleeping bags
    • First aid kit and manual
    • Fire extinguisher
    • Emergency heating equipment, used properly
    Know the Terms

    Familiarize yourself with these terms to help identify a winter storm hazard:

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    Freezing Rain - Rain that freezes when it hits the ground, creating a coating of ice on roads, walkways, trees and power lines.

    Sleet - Rain that turns to ice pellets before reaching the ground. Sleet also causes moisture on roads to freeze and become slippery.

    Winter Weather Advisory - Winter weather conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences and may be hazardous. When caution is used, these situations should not be life threatening.

    Winter Storm Watch - A winter storm is possible in your area. Tune in to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television for more information.

    Winter Storm Warning - A winter storm is occurring or will soon occur in your area.

    Blizzard Warning - Sustained winds or frequent gusts to 35 miles per hour or greater and considerable amounts of falling or blowing snow (reducing visibility to less than a quarter mile) are expected to prevail for a period of three hours or longer.

    Frost/Freeze Warning - Below freezing temperatures are expected.

    Winter @ Home

    Winterize Your Home
    • Winterize your home to extend the life of your fuel supply by insulating walls and attics, caulking and weather-stripping doors and windows, and installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic.
    • Winterize your house, barn, shed or any other structure that may provide shelter for your family, neighbors, livestock or equipment. Clear rain gutters; repair roof leaks and cut away tree branches that could fall on a house or other structure during a storm.
    • Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected every year.
    • Insulate pipes with insulation or newspapers and plastic and allow faucets to drip a little during cold weather to avoid freezing. Running water, even at a trickle, helps prevent pipes from freezing.
    • All fuel-burning equipment should be vented to the outside and kept clear.
    • Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure everyone in your house knows how to use them. House fires pose an additional risk, as more people turn to alternate heating sources without taking the necessary safety precautions.
    • Learn how to shut off water valves (in case a pipe bursts).
    • Insulate your home by installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic from the inside to keep cold air out.
    • Hire a contractor to check the structural ability of the roof to sustain unusually heavy weight from the accumulation of snow - or water, if drains on flat roofs do not work.

    Winter on the Road

    Update the auto emergency kits in your vehicles with:

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    • windshield scraper and small broom
    • flashlight
    • battery powered radio
    • extra batteries
    • water
    • snack food
    • matches
    • extra hats, socks and mittens
    • first aid kit with pocket knife
    • necessary medications
    • blanket(s)
    • tow chain or rope
    • road salt and sand
    • booster cables
    • emergency flares
    • fluorescent distress flag

    Read more about Weathering Winter in Comfort and Safety

  • Winter Wisdom - Winter and Severe Weather Safety

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    Winter is harsh.. It looks like this year may be a record-breaking one for low temperatures, severe storms and weather related injuries and death.

    Our clients have been doing a great job stocking up on warmers, winter safety kits and the like, but winter safety requires education and planning, too  here are some resource you can use to spread the winter wisdom:

    Blog Post Template - National Severe Weather Preparedness Week  
    Op-Ed Template - National Severe Weather Preparedness Week
    Press Release Template - Severe Weather Preparedness Week
    Social Media Tools - Severe Weather Preparedness Week
    Talking Points Template - Severe Weather Preparedness Week

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  • Emergency Eyewash & Shower Stations

    Personal Protective Equipment such as gloves, goggles, and face shields are the first line of defense against many types of exposures, but accidental exposures still happen. If a person in your facility could be exposed to materials that cause injury, then appropriate facilities for the flushing of the eyes and or body shall be provided, for immediate decontamination. The 10 - 15 seconds after initial exposure to a hazard are the most critical, especially if the substance is corrosive.

    The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Standard Z358.1 serves as a guide for the correct design, installation, use and maintenance of emergency equipment. This standard recommends that the affected body part must be flushed immediately and thoroughly for at least fifteen minutes using a large supply of clean Water / Flushing Fluid under low pressure to dilute the contaminates, in many cases water isn’t capable of neutralizing them. If the irritation persists, the flushing procedure should be repeated, and medical attention should be given as soon as possible.

    From Eye Drops, Eye Cups and Eye Patches, to Eye injury protection products, We offer much more in Eye Safety than just our vast selection of Eye Wash in bottles and Eye Wash Stations. Be sure to see our Eye Protection Safety Training products, too! From Eye Drops, Eye Cups and Eye Patches, to Eye injury protection products, We offer much more in Eye Safety than just our vast selection of Eye Wash in bottles and Eye Wash Stations. Be sure to see our Eye Protection Safety Training products, too!

    Accessibility is key when trying to determine the location of the Emergency equipment. Generally speaking the equipment needs to be located so it can be reached within 10 seconds walking time. Keep in mind that the person traveling may be injured or impaired and may have limited vision. Equipment should be installed at the same floor level as the hazard, no stairs or ramps should hamper access. Pathways should be clear and free of any obstructions. The location must be marked by highly visible signage, which displays an easily identifiable symbol, so as to eliminate any language barriers. The Area should also be well lit. In areas where more than one worker might be exposed to hazardous equipment at the same time may require more than one Emergency Shower, and Eye / Face wash.

    Some environments may require special considerations. In areas where the only possible place to install Emergency Safety Showers is in a hallway or a corridor, it is recommended that eye wash/ face wash drench hose units be located by Sinks. By using a combination of Eye / Face Wash and Emergency Showers the person exposed can receive both immediate and or long term drenching. Where needed a visual or audible alarm can be used to alert other workers, when the emergency shower is activated. This allows other workers to be alerted to the needs of the injured party and assist them in getting into the Emergency shower if their sight is impaired. Clothes that have come in contact with hazardous materials may need to be removed from the injured person. A privacy curtain, and extra overalls and foot covers should be stored next to the emergency equipment in cases such as this.

    The Flushing Fluid is defined as any potable water, buffered saline solution or medically acceptable solution. Drinking water or potable water is defined as “water of sufficiently high quality that it can be consumed or used with low risk of immediate or long term harm” (Wikipedia). Potable water may not be the best flushing solution as it may contain rust and scale from the inside of pipes, as well as chemicals such as chlorine. Water lines should be flushed periodically to remove contaminates. The temperature of the water must be “tepid” (i.e. moderately warm or lukewarm), unless a chemical reaction could be accelerated by the warm water. In cases where plumbed water is not accessible a Self Contained Personal Wash station can be implemented. Personal wash stations cannot take the place of plumbed Emergency Eyewash stations , however they can be used in combination with an ANSI compliant 15 minute supply station. Personal wash stations use a Buffered Saline Solution which must be monitored and changed by the expiration date, otherwise the fluid, can become contaminated and possibly cause serious damage to the eyes it is flushing.

    Eye WashConsideration must be given to the disposal of the waste water/flushing fluid. If a Drain is not close, Self Contained Wash Stations can leave a pool of waste water that can become a slip hazard. Also take into consideration any electrical equipment in the area, and determine if it will come in contact with the Flushing fluid or waste water, which could cause other potentially hazardous situations. Many Pre-Plumbed units are designed to be connected directly to drain piping. After the Emergency Shower has been used, the waste water may contain contaminates that cannot go into a sanitary sewer. In these cases the drain should be piped to an acid waste disposal system or a neutralizing tank.

    Training of workers:
    You should designate one person in the work area and make them responsible for regularly inspecting, maintaining and or activating the Emergency Equipment, according to the manufactures instructions. The same person should be responsible for a signed and dated inspection log of the equipment. All workers need to be instructed in the location, and proper use of the equipment before an emergency occurs. As a part of the training give new workers a hands-on run through of how to use the equipment, and give other employees a yearly review of the procedure. Keep a set of written instructions posted next to the Emergency Eye Wash / Face wash station.

    Keep copies of the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for all Hazardous materials on the premises. All hazardous materials need to be positively identified. When working with Chemicals, Dust, Corrosives or any hazardous materials that may require the use of Emergency Equipment, remember that preparation plays a very large role, in worker safety. Being prepared is not a onetime consideration, but an ongoing pursuit.

    From Eye Drops, Eye Cups and Eye Patches, to Eye injury protection products, We offer much more in Eye Safety than just our vast selection of Eye Wash in bottles and Eye Wash Stations. Be sure to see our Eye Protection Safety Training products, too!
    From the best Eyeglass Lens Cleaner Wipes to Eye First Aid Packs and Eye Cups, we have all those Eye products you need like Sterile Eye Pads, Eye Drops and the American Red Cross Eye Emergency Pack. We even offer Pens Lights for checking Pupil Dilation and Eye Magnets!
    Eye Wash Bottles and Refills, Eye Rinses and Eye Drops - We offer all sizes from 1/2 oz and 1 oz, 20 ml, even 4, 8, 16 and 32 oz Eye washes and refill bottles - Sterile Eye wash for OSHA compliance and ANSI eye wash standards.
    Eye Safety Goggles for protection against chemical splashes and other foreign body eye contamination. Ventilated Chemical Goggles, Crews Protect Splash Goggles and more.
    Eyesaline Solution for Porta Stream I & II, Flash Flood Refill Cartridges and the Porta Stream I Concentrate. Sperian, Fend-All, Eyesaline Brand Eyewash Stations & refills by Sperian Fendall.
    Lubricated Eye Drops for redness and itchy eyes and Industrial Strength Eye Drops for Welder's Arc. Advanced eye relief at affordable pricing.
    HAWS 15 Minute Portable Eye Wash Station and HAWS Water Preservative Additive.
    Double Eye Wash Stations with built in Eye Safety Station Signage and refills Eye Wash bottles in 16 oz and 32 oz sizes. Two Bottle Double Eyewash Stations for OSHA Eye Safety Compliance. Eye Stations & Refills
  • Mark Trail - NOAA on Frostbite

    We've shared other information on Hypothermia & Frostbite First Aid and Warmers, but here's a fun one from NOAA from 1996...

    Protect yourself from extreme cold - 'Mark Trail' offers tips for preventing and treating frostbite:

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