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  • America's PrepareAthon - #PrepareAthon

    Today's the Day! America's first National PrepareAthon!

    What are you doing to prepare yourself and others around you?

    It's not too late! Here are some articles, links and resources you can read and share with others:

    Survival Gear! Wouldn't you like to be a Prepper too?
    Think about preparedness; at home, at work, at school, even in your car.
    Are you Ready? 
    Check your Emergency Plan and Evacuation Routes everywhere you normally spend time.
    Check your Emergency Supplies:

    • Check your expiration dates (food, water, batteries)
    • Count your stock... is it enough?
    • Don't let your gas tank get below half-full
    • Keep cash on hand - ATMs may not be available, and you cannot count on credit cards in an emergency.
    • Think Ahead-Plan Wisely-Prepare Yourself to Survive!

    Survival Gear Including: Survival Kits, C.E.R.T. Products and gear, Pet Emergency Kits/Supplies, Outdoor Supplies, Triage Units, Trauma Kits, Search & Rescue Equipment & Disaster and Survival Videos, Emergency Shelters, Lighting, Food & Heating.

    AmericasPreparathon

     

  • American Red Cross Emergency First Aid Kits

    Why buy American Red Cross Brand First Aid Kits and Emergency Supplies?

    For one, a portion of every sale benefits the efforts of the American Red Cross/ Secondly, the Red Cross stringently examines and assures value, quality and efficacy of the items in any product bearing their logo, so you know that hundreds of years of expertise and "know-how" say these products will suit your needs!

    Check out the newest American Red Cross line of Emergency Preparedness and First Aid Products. From American Red Cross First Aid Kits and Emergency Bags to the Red Cross Emergency Response and Personal Protection Kits, CPR products, Student, School, Work and Business Preparedness. Be Red Cross Ready.
    American Red Cross Emergency Response and Preparedness Kits. School and Personal Protection and the Smart Rack System.
    American Red Cross Personal and Family size First Aid Kits, soft sided and hard plastic. Spanish First Aid Emergency kits, too!
  • Construction Safety Checklist

    Construction sites can be very dangerous places. In order to maintain the safety of workers as well as the public, you need to make sure that all your bases are covered. Be sure to avoid accidents and minimize the risks around you by taking some necessary precautions. Here is a quick construction site checklist that can help you make your work environment a safer place:

    1. Site walk through

    Before anything can commence, a proper walk through of the site must be completed. This should be done with the lead engineer, health and safety inspector along with any other important personnel working on the site. Identify any hazards and take note of areas that do not look safe. Notify your manager, or the intimidate supervisor of the possible dangers as soon as possible.

    2. Brief personnel

    Before starting work on a site, make sure that all personnel are briefed. This should be done in the morning, regardless of any rush work that needs to be completed. Make sure that all workers, regular and contractual understand the work site and any dangerous areas. It is also a good idea to have regular safety training sessions to ensure all workers are up to date. Have a health and safety inspector present during all times.

    3. Safety reminders

    There should be signs throughout the workplace reminding workers that they should have their safety equipment on. There should also be signs for the public that let them know where the danger zones are. Have signs in the perimeter of the work space letting people know that only authorized personnel are allowed to step inside the work site. Make sure to lock all doors and openings after hours, too.

    4. Test all equipment and machinery

    Before anyone uses any equipment or machinery, make sure that it is running properly. Have a trained expert check to see if everything is okay. If a machine or piece of equipment is not working as it should, it is important that you have it fixed. A professional will be able to do this. Have this arranged as soon as possible in order to minimize any delays.

    5. Make sure everyone has personal protective equipment

    All workers and people on the site must have the proper safety equipment on at all times. This means that everyone in the construction site should be wearing boots, long pants, reflective vests, safety goggles and hardhats. There should be signs throughout the construction environment that let workers know at what points they need to have full safety gear on. This way, you can make sure that all your workers are protected during work hours.

    6. Hazard communication

    If you have any dangerous or toxic chemicals on site, be sure to label the barrels. These should be clear and well-labelled. The individuals who are assigned to move these toxic chemicals should have proper protective gear on. It is important that everyone on the site knows which containers have hazardous materials so that accidents are avoided.

    7. Use harness or other safety equipment

    When working on work platforms or scaffolding, be sure that all workers have access to safety harnesses and other equipment that they need in order to prevent accidents. It is important that you workers know how to properly secure these equipment so that everyone stays safe. Before these harnesses are used, it is important that they are tested. Discard of any old or broken harnesses that may be hazardous to workers. Do an equipment safety check before issuing your workers their safety gear.

    8. Be sure to meet OSHA standards

    The Occupational Hazard and Safety Administration (OSHA) offers some free training and seminars in order to keep you and your company up to date with the latest safety standards. You can read about their latest news or articles by visiting their website. Before giving the go-signal to start working, it is important that you make sure you comply with OSHA's safety standards. You will need a health and safety inspector on the site to make sure that everything is going well. If you do not have one in your company, you can outsource and hire a contractual health and safety inspector during the time of the build.

    9. Be prepared for emergencies

    You should have trained operators and other personnel who know what to do in case of an emergency. Have guidelines prepared, along with safety exits for workers in case anything untoward happens. Brief your workers on what you should do in case an accident does happen, so that everyone acts fast.

    COnstruction First Aid COmpilation Image OSHA requires that adequate first aid supplies
    should be available for employees.
    See our 10, 25 and 50 person OSHA & ANSI / ISEA Compliant Construction First Aid kits... We've got your Construction First Aid Compliance needs covered! These Bilingual Construction kits are appropriate for Construction Worksites and Contractor use to comply with Federal OSHA regulation 1910.151(b), ANSI Z308.1-2009, ANSI Z308-1-2009 as well as Cal/OSHA 3400 section guidelines and Cal/OSHA Title 7, Subchapter 4. Construction Safety Orders §1512.

    Other Construction Safety Resources:

  • Ultimate Survival Item

    This is what we're giving our Friends and Family to promote Awareness (our bit for America's PrepareAthon)

    It's just the coolest "Gotta Have" Survival Gear Basic...

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    FEATURES AND BENEFITS

    • Stay Warm
      Reflects 80% of radiated body heat.
    • All-season Durability
      Hard-wearing SOL thermal fabric resists punctures and tears through heavy use.
    • Climate Control is Standard
      Adjustable side venting enables you to let air in to cut condensation or batten down the hatches in nasty weather.
    • Lighten Up
      Rated to 50 degrees Fahrenheit as an ultra-light warm-weather sleep system.

    KIT DETAILS

    • Size: 84" x 36"
    • Weight: 8.9 oz.

    IDEAL USES

    • Ski / Snowboard
    • Alpine / Rock Climbing
    • Expeditions / Adventure Travel
    • Emergency Prep
  • Safety For Small Businesses

    Do you manage a small business? If so, you may be thinking, "We don't have the resources or the time to devote to developing a comprehensive safety compliance program!".

    But, even if you think there may be better ways to spend your time and resources, consider that OSHA is looking to increase targeted inspections of small establishments.

    Don't wait for an OSHA enforcer to knock on the door of your small business. Take simple steps to initiate your safety plan for small businesses - it doesn't cost much. It's great for Team Building, and can be perceived as an employee benefit, too!

    Things to consider:

    • Why OSHA is setting its sights on small business enforcement
    • The compliance policies and practice must-haves every small organization should have in place—regardless of budget, time to devote to safety compliance/training, and resources
    • The compliance mistakes small businesses, in particular, often make with regard to ensuring OSHA compliance—and the steps you can take to avoid them

    OSHA wants to see that you have a formal, written and active (or better PROactive) safety program in place.

    See all the Easy-to-Use OSHA Safety Training Materials available! See all the Easy-to-Use OSHA Safety Training Materials available!

    How can you do this?

    • Set up some training
    • Give quizzes
    • Keep records

    OK - again, How?

    First analyze what safety risks there are in your workplace. For an office, it may just be ergonomics and maybe some CPR and First Aid. Got a warehouse? Add in Forklift Safety (OSHA calls it Industrial Lift Truck Safety)... what else? Got Chemicals? Have a Fire Risk?

    Here's the beauty of OSHA Compliance training...most can be Do-It-Yourself. DIY OSHA Compliance? Yep. Some topics, like CPR & First Aid Training, require a certified instructor. Luckily, you can get Group CPR & First Aid taught for as low as $16 per student in large groups at your location. What about all the other topics?

    As long as you have suitable, OSHA Compliant Safety Training Materials, and either you, or another your designate as a "Competent Person" thoroughly understand that materials and can present them to your group - and answer any questions about it you employees may have - that is OSHA compliant Training! Be sure to keep the sign in roster and quizzes for your records, and you'll have it all to show an Inspector that shows up.

    Here are some of the may OSHA Safety Training topics you can get easy-to-use materials for from Safety Meeting Kits ("Regulatory Compliance Kits" for the heavier-duty topics) to Videos / DVDs, student handbooks, posters, CD-Rom interactive training, even Safety Games! (FYI - they are all available in Spanish, too)

    Accident Investigation  Laboratory Hoods 
    Asbestos Awareness  Laboratory Safety 
    Back Safety  Ladder Safety 
    Bloodborne Pathogens  Lock-Out/Tag-Out 
    Compressed Gas Cylinders  Machine Guard Safety 
    Computer Workstation Safety  Materials Handling Safety 
    Confined Space Entry  Medical Surveillance Programs 
    Conflict Resolution  Monitoring Procedures & Equipment
    Crane Safety  MSDS - Material Safety Data Sheet
    Dealing with Drug and Alcohol Abuse Office Safety 
    DOT HAZMAT General Awareness  OSHA Formaldehyde Standard 
    DOT HAZMAT Safety Training  OSHA Laboratory Standard 
    DOT HAZMAT Security Awareness  OSHA Lead Standards 
    DOT In-Depth HAZMAT Security Training  Personal Protective Equipment 
    Driving Safety  Planning for Laboratory Emergencies
    Electrical Safety  Preventing Contamination 
    Emergency Planning  Recordkeeping 
    Emergency Response Plan  Respiratory Protection and Safety
    Ergonomics  Rigging Safety 
    Exposure Monitoring & Medical Surveillance  Right-To-Know 
    Eye Safety  Safety Audits 
    Fall Protection  Safety Lesson Plans 
    Fire Prevention & Safety  Safety Orientation 
    First Aid  Safety Showers & Eye Washes 
    Fitness & Wellness  Sexual Harassment 
    Flammables and Explosives in the Laboratory  Site Safety & Health Plan 
    Forklift/Powered Industrial Truck  Slips, Trips & Falls 
    Hand & Power Tool Safety  Supported Scaffolding 
    Hand, Wrist & Finger Safety  Suspended Scaffolding 
    Handling Hazardous Materials  Tuberculosis 
    Hazardous Materials Labels  Understanding Chemical Hazards 
    Hazardous Spills  Welding Safety 
    HAZMAT  Winter Safety 
    HAZWOPER  Work Practices and Engineering Controls 
    Hearing Conservation and Safety  Workplace Harassment 
    Heat Stress  Workplace Stress 
    Housekeeping & Accident Prevention Workplace Violence 
    Indoor Air Quality 

    OSHA Safety Training keeps your company compliant with OSHA Standards and offers training in every category of work.

     

  • Top 10 Construction Site Accidents and How to Prevent Them

    Determining the most common construction site accidents, what causes them, and the best way to implement safety checks, is the best prevention of these debilitating, and often fatal, accidents.

    Construction sites have the highest injury rate of all dangerous working environments; a sobering thought. Labouring at dizzying heights with dangerous machinery means that serious injuries or death are a daily reality for construction workers.
    When faced with loose scaffolding, cave-ins, and incorrect handling of heavy construction vehicles and tools, accidents are presented at every turn. Construction site safety demands that preventative measures and draconian vigilance go hand-in-hand.
    As the construction industry enters the annual “high injury season” – a baffling phenomenon to safety experts – focus lies on the top ten construction site accidents and how to prevent them.

    Scaffolding Highs and Lows

    Supported Scaffolding Safety Icon Supported Scaffolding Safety Training DVDs, CDs, Books, Manuals, Posters, and Guides - Click image to peruse our selection!

    Construction crews spend much time on these elevated structures situated hundreds of metres above ground. The source of most injuries, scaffolding falls account for more than 30 percent of fatalities.

    Scaffolding injuries could be halved with regular maintenance, daily checks of the structural design, instability in weather conditions, sway, leveling, and the amount of personnel using the equipment.

    Supported Scaffolding Safety Training 

    Suspended Scaffolding Safety Training

    Electrocution

    A common onsite hazard, exposed electrical wiring poses a threat to crew and people passing by the site. Electrocution is avoidable if all wires are correctly labelled, moved away from high traffic areas, electricity is switched off, the correct insulation is used, and construction crew are made aware of where power lines are laid.

    Electrical Safety Training

    Elevator Shafts

    A common sight on high-rise construction developments, lift shafts are extremely dangerous. Construction crew not only risk plummeting down the shafts, which are often left unprotected but there is also the threat of a shaft collapsing.

    Shafts, regardless of height off the ground, require maintenance and effective Fall Protection. Guard rails, safety nets, sufficient elevator operation training for all onsite crew, and a highly effective emergency response, is mandatory.
    Falling Debris

    Fall Protection Safety Training

    Construction hard hats are the order of the day. Tools may rain down at a moment’s notice cause fatal head injuries. With debris falling, such as tools being accidently kicked from the top floor, ground crew risk serious trauma.
    Working on upper building levels without guard rails means picking up after oneself, watching your step, and securing equipment during and after use.

    Machinery Accidents

    Heavy-duty motorized equipment necessitates draconian safety instructions. Many crew have lost limbs and lives because of inadequate training, lack of focus, or defective equipment. Safety training on high-speed and sharp motorized equipment is imperative.
    Crane Accidents

    Neglect on the part of employers to maintain the cranes, and operators overloading, or unbalancing loads, cause crane injuries. Not only do crew and employers endanger their own lives when not paying attention, but they can turn an entire construction site into a danger zone, within seconds.

    Crane operators require intensive training and extreme focus. By communicating plans, identifying potential risks and providing solutions, barricading the work area, and ensuring the ground area is suitable to safely handle the entire structure; accidents can be prevented.

    Machine Guard Safety

    Overexertion

    So simple that it is overlooked. Treated as negligible but overexertion, dehydration and exhaustion all contribute to a lack of focus, and small mistakes with big consequences. Working in heat contributes to mental and physical exhaustion, which is why diet and sleep, as well as hydration, make a substantial difference to construction safety.
    Explosions

    A leading cause of construction site deaths, explosions are often due to negligence or inefficient electrical wiring. Granted, there are incidents of leaking gas, which may fall outside the perimeters of human error, but with routine maintenance and safety checks these issues can be addressed.

    Accidental Falls

    Ladder Safety Icon Ladder Safety Training DVDs, CDs, Books, Manuals, Posters, and Guides - Click image to peruse our selection!

    Stray equipment, dusty floors, holes, and wires all contribute to construction site accidents. Simply slipping on a tool can send a crew member off the edge of a building. Accidentally covering a hole with plastic while working, can lead to broken bones.

    Vigilance, storing equipment away and being aware of colleagues, makes a huge difference between life, death and serious injury.

    Fall Protection

    Ladder Safety 

     

    Vehicle Accidents

    A degree of acuity is essential from ground crew. Construction vehicles are mammoth and it is challenging for operators to see everything going on around them. Construction site accidents with vehicles have included men crushed under loaders which means the simple act of walking through a construction site without looking for huge machines, is a deadly exercise. Treading carefully and making colleagues aware of your presence is a safe bet.

    Driving Safety

    The nature of this job requires extreme security precedents. Construction safety is perpetually re-evaluated and experts are tightening the laws to ensure construction site accidents are minimized, and at best, avoided. After all, prevention is certainly better than a cure.

    Other Construction Safety Resources:

    Author Biography:

    Emily Ford is a Perth Based property specialist for Australia's Property Institute. This post was written with kind contributions from safety experts scaffman.com.au and other industry professionals. Connect with me on Google + and please comment!

    COnstruction First Aid COmpilation Image OSHA requires that adequate first aid supplies
    should be available for employees.
  • Be the Action

    People helping people, this goes hand in hand with preparedness.  So many times we are faced with the aftermath of natural disasters, and wonder how we can help our neighbors.  Giving back and serving others is one facet of community preparedness.

    The Soup Ladies of Black Diamond, Washington exemplify what community preparedness means. They give back by preparing hot and made-from-scratch meals for First Responders, as they answer the call to help out during emergencies.

    How can you get involved in community preparedness?  There are many ways to get involved, especially before disaster strikes.  These ways include:

    Participate in America’s PrepareAthon! on April 30, 2014;

    • Volunteer to support disaster efforts in your community.  Consider joining Citizen Corps to be better prepared to respond to disasters of all kinds;
    • Start a preparedness project
  • Earthquakes Can Happen at Any Time of the Year

    While America's PrepareAthon is focusing on Floods, Wildfires, Tornadoes and Hurricanes... remember that Earthquakes Can Happen at Any Time of the Year!

    Schedule and Earthquake and Disaster Preparedness Class for your Group! Schedule and Earthquake and Disaster Preparedness Class for your Group!

    One of the most frightening and destructive phenomena of nature is a severe earthquake and its terrible aftereffects. An earthquake is the sudden, rapid shaking of the earth, caused by the breaking and shifting of subterranean rock as it releases strain that has accumulated over a long time.

    All 50 states and 5 U.S. territories are at some risk for earthquakes.  Earthquakes can happen at any time of year.

    The 2011 East Coast earthquake illustrated the fact that it is impossible to predict when or where an earthquake will occur, so it is important that you and your family are prepared ahead of time.

    Learn more about what to do before, during, and after an earthquake at

    Survival Gear! Wouldn't you like to be a Prepper too?
    Think about preparedness; at home, at work, at school, even in your car.
    Are you Ready? 
    Check your Emergency Plan and Evacuation Routes everywhere you normally spend time.
    Check your Emergency Supplies:

    • Check your expiration dates (food, water, batteries)
    • Count your stock... is it enough?
    • Don't let your gas tank get below half-full
    • Keep cash on hand - ATMs may not be available, and you cannot count on credit cards in an emergency.
    • Think Ahead-Plan Wisely-Prepare Yourself to Survive!

    Survival Gear Including: Survival Kits, C.E.R.T. Products and gear, Pet Emergency Kits/Supplies, Outdoor Supplies, Triage Units, Trauma Kits, Search & Rescue Equipment & Disaster and Survival Videos, Emergency Shelters, Lighting, Food & Heating.

  • America's PrepareAthon - Take Action through Ready Campus Events

    Take Action! This positive step forward is what America’s PrepareAthon! is all about. Taking action is something we all can do and the students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Kansas State University are leading by example. The universities took part in America’s PrepareAthon! by holding separate Ready Campus events that demonstrated the vast resources available to students before, during, and after a disaster. Preparedness organizations at the event had students:

    • Practice processing through a mock Volunteer Reception Center;
    • Register for disaster information alerts and social media feeds on their cell phones;
    • Receive information and supplies for emergency kits; and
    • Build emergency preparedness hygiene kits for less fortunate individuals.

    Have you held a similar event or does this sound like an action from which your campus or organization would benefit? Participate in America’s PrepareAthon! This campaign is customizable and allows participants to choose a hazard to practice preparedness actions. Organize an event and register it on America’s PrepareAthon’s “Add an Event” webpage today!

    Survival Gear! Wouldn't you like to be a Prepper too?
    Think about preparedness; at home, at work, at school, even in your car.
    Are you Ready? 
    Check your Emergency Plan and Evacuation Routes everywhere you normally spend time.
    Check your Emergency Supplies:

    • Check your expiration dates (food, water, batteries)
    • Count your stock... is it enough?
    • Don't let your gas tank get below half-full
    • Keep cash on hand - ATMs may not be available, and you cannot count on credit cards in an emergency.
    • Think Ahead-Plan Wisely-Prepare Yourself to Survive!

    Survival Gear Including: Survival Kits, C.E.R.T. Products and gear, Pet Emergency Kits/Supplies, Outdoor Supplies, Triage Units, Trauma Kits, Search & Rescue Equipment & Disaster and Survival Videos, Emergency Shelters, Lighting, Food & Heating.

  • ¡Los preadolescentes y adolescentes también necesitan vacunas!

    Mientras que sus hijos preadolescentes y adolescentes están pensando en todas las cosas divertidas que harán este verano, usted probablemente esté pensando en cómo mantenerlos sanos y seguros.

    Hay 3 vacunas o series de vacunas que se deben administrar en los adolescentes entre 11 o 12 años. Las vacunas son contra VPH, antimeningococica conjugada, Tdap y contra la influenza/gripe. Es importante recibir las vacunas para mantener a sus hija/os sanos. Hay recursos que puedan ayudar si no tienen seguranza médica.

    http://www.cdc.gov/spanish/especialesCDC/VacunasPreadolescentes/

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