January 2016

  1. NEW DISASTER AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT BOOK SERIES
    Categories: Disaster, Survival, and Preparedness

    NEW DISASTER AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT BOOK SERIES

    CALL FOR AUTHORS - Authors are being solicited for a five volume series of case studies. The series focuses on expert practice in the field of disaster and emergency management, including the ability to adapt and innovate in the face of changing demands. The series is comprised of five volumes aligned with the traditional disaster life cycle. In addition to volumes...
  2. Basics about Radiation
    Categories: Safety Training, Random Bits of Noise, Safety Tips & Medications & Illness

    Basics about Radiation

    What is radiation? In general, the following kinds of radiation are evaluated for purposes of radiation protection:  alpha rays, beta rays, gamma rays, X rays, and neutrons. Brief definitions of these follow: Alpha rays A particle ray consisting of two protons and two neutrons (namely, a nucleus of helium). Alpha rays are produced following spontaneous decay of certain radioactive atoms, such...
  3. Aerial Lift Truck Operator Safety
    Categories: Safety Training

    Aerial Lift Truck Operator Safety

    Aerial lift operation, if not conducted properly, can be a highly accident-prone undertaking. Lift operators fall out of baskets as a result of not wearing safety lanyards, are exposed to potential electrical shock or electrocution, and other common and risky work habits including: Not being properly tooled up for the task, Exceeding the limitations of the machine, Using incorrect work...
  4. First Aid for Conscious Choking Adults and Children Older Than 1 Year Old
    Categories: CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) & Child Safety

    First Aid for Conscious Choking Adults and Children Older Than 1 Year Old

    Choking can occur when a foreign object, such as food or fluid, blocks the airway. The airway is the passage through which air moves from the nose and mouth through the trachea, or windpipe, and into the lungs. Signs of a severe airway obstruction – Poor air exchange and increasing difficulty breathing, a silent cough, gasping breaths, whistling or wheezing...
  5. Components of a Drug-Free Workplace Program
    Categories: Safety Training & Medications & Illness

    Components of a Drug-Free Workplace Program

    No two workplaces are the same, and no two employers will take exactly the same approach to addressing alcohol and other drug abuse. The chart below shows a number of options for starting or expanding a drug-free workplace program. Some employers may be interested in only one component; others may want to implement several or all of them. The decision...
  6. Back Care and Safe Lifting
    Categories: Safety Training & Safety Tips

    Back Care and Safe Lifting

    One very important reason to follow safe lifting practices is to protect your back. Unsafe lifting can either be an immediate harm or cause problems over a period of time.  Either way, lifting can result in serious back problems.  The spine is made up of many small bones called vertebrae.  In between each vertebra is a disc that acts like...
  7. ACCIDENTS - It Can't Happen to Me
    Categories: Safety Training & Safety Tips

    ACCIDENTS - It Can't Happen to Me

    Accidents happen to other people. Car accidents happen to other people, work injuries happen to other people. Yes, accidents do happen to other people, but the lucky ones never experience an accident. Well, if that's a true statement, we'd all be wearing our lucky charms all the time. Luck has nothing to do with it, but accident prevention is each individual's responsibility. Why do...
  8. Categories: Safety Training

    Confined Space Entry

    Federal OSHA-required practices and procedures were designed to protect employees in general industry from the hazards of entry into permit-required confined spaces. Confined Space Entries are never routine. Even though there are numerous types of protective gear, equipment, and procedures available, the potential for accident or injury is always present. Each entry has risks, and the risks change in each...
  9. Things to Know in the Snow
    Categories: Disaster, Survival, and Preparedness & Wilderness & Outdoor

    Things to Know in the Snow

    What should you know about the snow? Frostbite Treating Frostbite Hypothermia Winter Care for Pets Working in the Cold… Take these precautions outdoors Winter – the deceptive killer Heavy snow can immobilize a region and paralyze a city, stranding commuters, closing airports, stopping the flow of supplies, and disrupting emergency and medical services. In 2015, Boston broke the all­-time winter...
  10. How to Manage OSHA Inspections and Investigations
    Categories: Safety Training & Safety Tips

    How to Manage OSHA Inspections and Investigations

    Perhaps of all of the interactions that occur with regulatory agencies, the unannounced OSHA inspection is the most stressful, and least understood by business owners. The key to managing a surprise OSHA Inspection or a letter of complaint directed at your company is to understand what the process is and what the OSHA inspectors are looking for. Some "Easy Steps...

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