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  • Choking & Airway Obstructions: What to do?

    Image displaying human airwaysImportant! When trying to assist a casualty who is choking by attempting to clear her/his airway, a Responder should be persistent. Don’t give up. A Responder should Call 9-1-1 or contact the Emergency Medical Services (or get someone else to make the call) and continue the following steps without interruption until the obstruction is dislodged or Emergency Medical Personnel arrive and take over.

    Content excerpted from the Urgent First Aid Guide used by permission Copyright 2013 UrgentFirstAid.com All Rights Reserved. Get a full copy of the First Aid Guide for under $1!

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  • CO

    We've talked about the dangers of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning at home, but know that there are risks at work as well - especially with Construction/Portable Gas-Powered Equipment. Here is a great free video from OSHA to help bring more awareness to the matter:

    OSHA Safety Training & DOT, Oil & Gas, Maritime, Forklift, Construction & HAZMAT From OSHA Safety Series Training and Federal Title 29 CFR to Forklift Safety, to Petrochemical and Maritime OSHA Compliance, we have Books, Manuals, CDs, DVDs, Videos, Training Materials, Safety Kits, Forms, Safety Posters & much more to make sure that your are compliant with not only the Department of Labor and Department of Transportation rules and regulations but also keeping you properly informed about how to properly protect your workforce on a day-to-day basis. Whether its a construction site, hauling hazardous waste or working as a longshoreman, there are specific federal rules and regulations that need to be followed and kept up-to-date with. We are here to make sure that you have available the most most up-to-date, thorough, yet easy to understand material and information on the ever-changing codes of the CFR. Books, DVDs, Update Services on DOT/49 CFR Standards, Petrochemical and Maritime Regulations, Cal/OSHA Safety Regulations, 1910 and 1926 Parts and much more! OSHA Safety Training & DOT, Oil & Gas, Maritime, Forklift, Construction & HAZMAT
    From OSHA Safety Series Training and Federal Title 29 CFR to Forklift Safety, to Petrochemical and Maritime OSHA Compliance, we have Books, Manuals, CDs, DVDs, Videos, Training Materials, Safety Kits, Forms, Safety Posters & much more to make sure that your are compliant with not only the Department of Labor and Department of Transportation rules and regulations but also keeping you properly informed about how to properly protect your workforce on a day-to-day basis. Whether its a construction site, hauling hazardous waste or working as a longshoreman, there are specific federal rules and regulations that need to be followed and kept up-to-date with. We are here to make sure that you have available the most most up-to-date, thorough, yet easy to understand material and information on the ever-changing codes of the CFR.
    Books, DVDs, Update Services on DOT/49 CFR Standards, Petrochemical and Maritime Regulations, Cal/OSHA Safety Regulations, 1910 and 1926 Parts and much more!
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  • Take these precautions outdoors

    Winter cold can lead to Hypothermia & Frostbite.

    Many people spend time outdoors in the winter working, traveling, or enjoying winter sports. Outdoor activities can expose you to several safety hazards, but you can take these steps to prepare for them:

    • » Wear appropriate outdoor clothing: layers of light, warm clothing; mittens; hats; scarves; and waterproof boots.
    • » Sprinkle cat litter or sand on icy patches.
    • » Learn safety precautions to follow when outdoors.
      • Be aware of the wind chill factor.
      • Work slowly when doing outside chores.
      • Take a buddy and an emergency kit when you are participating in outdoor recreation.
      • Carry a cell phone.

    A little preparedness goes a long way toward winter safety.

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  • OSHA's FREE WORKPLACE POSTER

    Get a free OSHA Safety Poster for your workplace!

    Job Safety and Health: It's the Law

    ? What is the OSHA poster and why do I need it?

    The OSHA Job Safety and Health: It's the Law poster, available for free from OSHA, informs workers of their rights under the Occupational Safety and Health Act. All covered employers are required to display the poster in their workplace. Employers do not need to replace previous versions of the poster. Employers must display the poster in a conspicuous place where workers can see it. You can get many other OSHA Safety Posters, too!

    If you are in a state with an OSHA-approved state plan, there may be a state version of the OSHA poster. Federal government agencies must use the Federal Agency Poster.

    ? How do I get a copy?

    You can get a copy of the OSHA poster in several ways:

    • Order a print copy online from the OSHA Publications Web page. The English version is publication number 3165. The Spanish version is publication number 3167.
    • Order a print copy by phone. Call OSHA's toll-free number at 1-800-321-6742 (OSHA) or the OSHA Publications Office at 202-693-1888.
    • Download a copy

    OSHA's Free Workplace Poster

    English - 12.75" x 17.75"

    English - 8.5" x 14"

    *Note: OSHA requires that reproductions or facsimiles of the poster be at least 8.5" x 14" inches with 10 point type.

    Download Spanish PDF

    Spanish - 12.75" x 17.75" Spanish - 8.5" x 14"

    OSHA Safety Training & DOT, Oil & Gas, Maritime, Forklift, Construction & HAZMAT From OSHA Safety Series Training and Federal Title 29 CFR to Forklift Safety, to Petrochemical and Maritime OSHA Compliance, we have Books, Manuals, CDs, DVDs, Videos, Training Materials, Safety Kits, Forms, Safety Posters & much more to make sure that your are compliant with not only the Department of Labor and Department of Transportation rules and regulations but also keeping you properly informed about how to properly protect your workforce on a day-to-day basis. Whether its a construction site, hauling hazardous waste or working as a longshoreman, there are specific federal rules and regulations that need to be followed and kept up-to-date with. We are here to make sure that you have available the most most up-to-date, thorough, yet easy to understand material and information on the ever-changing codes of the CFR. Books, DVDs, Update Services on DOT/49 CFR Standards, Petrochemical and Maritime Regulations, Cal/OSHA Safety Regulations, 1910 and 1926 Parts and much more! OSHA Safety Training & DOT, Oil & Gas, Maritime, Forklift, Construction & HAZMAT
    From OSHA Safety Series Training and Federal Title 29 CFR to Forklift Safety, to Petrochemical and Maritime OSHA Compliance, we have Books, Manuals, CDs, DVDs, Videos, Training Materials, Safety Kits, Forms, Safety Posters & much more to make sure that your are compliant with not only the Department of Labor and Department of Transportation rules and regulations but also keeping you properly informed about how to properly protect your workforce on a day-to-day basis. Whether its a construction site, hauling hazardous waste or working as a longshoreman, there are specific federal rules and regulations that need to be followed and kept up-to-date with. We are here to make sure that you have available the most most up-to-date, thorough, yet easy to understand material and information on the ever-changing codes of the CFR.
    Books, DVDs, Update Services on DOT/49 CFR Standards, Petrochemical and Maritime Regulations, Cal/OSHA Safety Regulations, 1910 and 1926 Parts and much more!

     

  • Don’t forget to prepare your car

    Winter SafetyWinter Roads mean danger anywhere in the country - snow, ice, rains, floods, even mudslides can strand you out in the elements.

    Get your car ready for cold weather use before winter arrives.

    • Service the radiator and maintain antifreeze level; check tire tread or, if necessary, replace tires with all-weather or snow tires.
      • Keep gas tank full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines.
      • Use a wintertime formula in your windshield washer.
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        Prepare a winter emergency kit to keep in your car in case you become stranded. Include:

        • blankets;
        • food and water;
        • booster cables, flares, tire pump, and a bag of sand or cat litter (for traction);
        • compass and maps;
        • flashlight, battery-powered radio, and extra batteries;
        • first-aid kit; and
        • plastic bags (for sanitation).
  • What is OSHA?

    OSHAOSHA... they are here to help keep workplaces safe, employers are often afraid of them, but they exist to assist.

    OSHA ENFORCEMENT

    Under the OSH Act, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace. OSHA's mission is to assure safe and healthful workplaces by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance. This page contains information about OSHA's enforcement activities. If you have questions, need additional information, want to file a complaint, or would like to contact OSHA, please call 1-800-321-OSHA (6742). You can also e-mail us your questions (e-mail OSHA). It's confidential.

    OSHA Jurisdiction:

    ? Covers private sector employers
    ? Excludes self-employed, family farm workers, and government workers (except in State Plan states)
    ? Approves and monitors 28 State Plan states which cover private and public sector employees.
    ? Assists Federal Agency Programs

    OSHA Inspections:

    ? Conducted without advance notice
    ? On-site inspections, or Phone/Fax investigations
    ? Highly-trained compliance officers

    Inspection Priorities:

    ? Imminent danger
    ? Catastrophes / fatalities
    ? Worker complaints and referrals
    ? Targeted inspections - high injury/illness rates, severe violators
    ? Follow-up inspections

    EMERGENCIES & REPORTING

    If you have an EMERGENCY, e.g., to report a fatality or imminent life-threatening situation, contact our toll-free number immediately (do not send email):

    • 1-800-321-OSHA (6742)
    • TTY 1-877-889-5627

    All employers under OSHA jurisdiction must REPORT to OSHA:

    • All work-related fatalities within 8 hours
    • All work-related inpatient hospitalizations, amputations, and losses of an eye within 24 hours NEW

    Employers can REPORT fatalities and hospitalizations in one of 3 ways:

    • Call 1-800-321-OSHA (6742)
    • Call or visit the nearest area office during normal business hours
    • [Coming soon] Go online to fill out an electronic form

    OSHA First Aid vs. ANSI First Aid

  • Winter Care for Pets

    Winter weather can be dangerous not only for humans, but for pets too! Taking extra precautions throughout the season can ensure your pets stay healthy and happy. The Humane Society of the Unites States offers tips to keep pets safe, including:

    • Protect paws from salt. This and other chemicals used to melt snow and ice can irritate the pads of your pet’s feet. Be sure to wipe off their paws with a damp towel;
    • Keep pets warm and indoors. No matter the temperature, windchill can threaten a pet’s life. Pets are sensitive to severe cold and are at risk for frostbite when outdoors during extreme cold snaps; and
    • Avoid antifreeze poisoning. Antifreeze has a sweet taste that may attract animals but is a deadly poison. Don’t allow pets to wander unattended near driveways, garages or other places when they may come into contact with antifreeze.

    It only takes a few tablespoons of highly toxic antifreeze to injure your pet. Learn the signs of antifreeze poisoning:

    Antifreeze poisoning occurs in two phases. In the first phase, the animal typically appears lethargic, disoriented, uncoordinated and groggy. Symptoms usually appear 30 minutes to one hour after ingestion and can last for several hours. If your pet is behaving this way, don't delay. Call a veterinarian. Consider whether any of her activities could have brought her into contact with antifreeze.
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  • Winter Ready Home

    Are you Ready for the Cold?

    winter homeYou might wear gloves and a hat, and pop warmers in your pockets to protect yourself from cold temperatures outside, but have you considered that your home needs protection, too?

    With the proper maintenance, you can prepare your home for the winter season and reduce heat loss during a power outage.

    Follow these tips from America’s PrepareAthon!, including:

    • Hire a contractor to check the structural ability of your roof to sustain unusually heavy weight from the accumulation of snow or ice;
    • Insulate pipes with insulation or newspaper and plastic;
    • Allow faucets to drip during cold weather to avoid freezing; and
    • Have a professional inspect your chimney or heating equipment.

    For added warmth, you may choose to use indoor space heaters. If you purchase a space heater, look for one that has an automatic shut-off or tip-over switch. Place the heater on a level surface away from high-traffic areas and flammable items such as curtains, bedding, or furniture. Make sure the room has enough ventilation to help prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

    See WINTER SAFETY

  • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

    Winter Safety: 5 Ways to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in Your Home

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    Cold winter weather brings many enjoyable activities such as drinking hot chocolate, spending time with family by the fire, or simply bundling up in a warm house with a working heater and a good movie, but it also poses a unique set of safety concerns. Prior to cranking up the temperature on your thermostat or throwing wood into the fireplace, you and your loved ones should familiarize yourselves with carbon monoxide (CO).

    What Is Carbon Monoxide and Where Is It Found?

    Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that is found in fumes produced by burning fuel in automobiles, small engines, fireplaces, stoves, lanterns, grills, furnaces, and gas ranges. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are typically described as being “flu-like,” with the majority of symptoms including upset stomach, headache, vomiting, dizziness, weakness, chest pain, and confusion. While everyone is at risk for CO poisoning, infants, people with chronic heart or breathing issues are more likely to fall ill from carbon monoxide. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 400 Americans are killed each year by unintentional CO poisoning. The gas is also responsible for more than 20,000 emergency room visits and 4,000 hospitalizations annually.

    What are the symptoms of CO poisoning?

    The most common symptoms of CO poisoning are headache, dizziness, weakness, upset stomach, vomiting, chest pain, and confusion. CO symptoms are often described as “flu-like.” If you breathe in a lot of CO it can make you pass out or kill you. People who are sleeping or drunk can die from CO poisoning before they have symptoms.

    What are the First Aid Steps for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?Poison

    There is little to be done at home to treat CO poisoning. First, and always, move the casulaty to fresh air - then, call 9-1-1.

    If you are unsure if the cause is CO, call the American Association of Poison Control Centers

    1 (800) 222-1222 open 24 hours, 7 days a week

    Tips to Keep Your Home Safe from CO Poisoning

      1. Install a battery-powered CO detector. Without a working alarm, you won’t know when there is a carbon monoxide leak. Place detectors on every floor of your home, particularly near sleeping areas, as people who are sleeping can die from CO poisoning before they experience symptoms. For the best possible protection, interconnect CO detectors throughout the home; when one sounds, they all sound. Test CO alarms at least once a month and replace them according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
      2. Service your appliances annually. Heating systems, water heaters, and all other gas, oil, or coal burning appliances should be serviced by a qualified technician every year. Do not use portable flameless chemical heaters or burn charcoal indoors and never barbecue in the garage.
      3. Keep a tidy chimney. Chimneys that are blocked by debris can significantly increase the chances of a CO buildup in your home, making the decision to have your chimney cleaned or checked annually by a professional all the more important.
      4. Warm up vehicles outdoors. If you must warm a vehicle, remove it from the garage immediately upon starting it. Never leave a running vehicle or other fueled engine indoors, even if garage doors are open. If necessary, make sure the exhaust pipe of a running vehicle is not covered with snow.
      5. Store gasoline safely. Keep gasoline away from all sources of heat and in a locked location where children cannot access it. The safest place to store gasoline is in a detached garage or shed, as common household appliances like dryers and water heaters can start a gasoline fire.

    Winter is a time for getting together with family and enjoying the holidays. Make the most out of the holiday season by ensuring the safety of you and your loved ones.

    Related Links: Biological pollutants in the home

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