Category Archives: First Aid

OSHA’s Heat Safety Tool Smartphone App

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When you're working in the heat, safety comes first. With the OSHA Heat Safety Tool, you have vital safety information available whenever and wherever you need it - right on your mobile phone. The App allows workers and supervisors to calculate the heat index for their worksite, and, based on the heat index, displays a risk level to outdoor workers. Then, with a simple "click," you can get reminders about theprotective measures that should be taken at that risk level to protect workers from Read more [...]

Infographic: Zika Virus and How to Protect Yourself

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Zika virus is becoming the latest health scare, getting global attention as quickly as it has spread across several countries. There has already been a handful of confirmed cases in the United States, and The World Health Organization estimates there could be up to 4 million cases of Zika in the Americas in the next year. Zika virus is transmitted to humans through bites from infected Aedes mosquitos. Most people who get infected don't even realize it — and therefore never seek medical Read more [...]

Infographic: Protecting Workers From Heat Stress

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As summer approaches and temperatures rise, workers become more at risk for developing heat stress. Heat stress can result in heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, heat rashes, and in severe cases can be deadly. Dozens of workers die every year because of working in the heat, OSHA says. Most of those deaths take place in the first few days of working in the heat, which makes it especially important for employers to allow workers to build up gradual tolerance to the conditions. NIOSH also Read more [...]

Is Your Business Prepared for an Emergency?

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National Preparedness Month, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), is held each September to encourage Americans to make sure they are prepared for disasters or emergencies both at home and in the workplace. According to FEMA, 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. And when it comes to businesses, how quickly a company is able to get back to business after a disaster Read more [...]

5 Types of Heat Stress that Workers Should Be Aware Of

Heat Stress Prevention
With temperatures skyrocketing during the summertime months, the workplace can be dangerous if you are not effectively prepared. Although some people assume outdoor workers are the only ones who need to be concerned with high temperatures, indoor workers are not completely off the hook. Heat can affect any worker simply by producing sweaty palms or even fogged up glasses, which increase the risk for injuries. Working in an outdoor setting often misleads people to think that outside is the only place Read more [...]

Does Your First Aid Kit Meet ANSI Requirements?

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It is a requirement of OSHA that employees be given a safe and healthy workplace that is reasonably free of occupational hazards. However, it is unrealistic to expect accidents not to happen. Therefore, employers are required to provide medical and first aid personnel and supplies commensurate with the hazards of the workplace.   Although OSHA does not have a specific rule when it comes to the contents of first aid kits, it does reference ANSI Z308.1 Minimum Requirements for Workplace First Read more [...]