When: March 18th - 24th, 2018 Get Involved! National Poison Prevention Week raises awareness of poison prevention nationwide during the third full week of March every year. The week is an opportunity to highlight the dangers of poisonings for people of all ages and promote community involvement in poisoning prevention. History In 1961, Congress established National Poison Prevention Week to raise awareness, reduce unintentional poisonings, and promote poison prevention. It is sponsored by the National Poison Prevention Week Council. Each year, the Council holds a children’s artwork contest to raise awareness about poisons. Additionally, poison centers across the country conduct activities to raise awareness of the dangers of poisoning. How to Participate Contact your local
National Burn Awareness Week February 4th – 10th, 2018 The American Burn Association estimates there are approximately 486,000 burn related injuries requiring medical treatment each year. Of these burn related injuries, 8% occurs in the workplace. Given that information, this means that there are roughly 38,880 that occur to workers who are burned each year due to inadequate training/awareness, a lack of guarding/personal protective equipment, or neglect/shortcuts/distractions. Prevention The first step to preventing burns is necessary training on policies and procedures. Workers should be made aware of sources in their workplace. Burns can be caused from thermal, chemical, electrical, friction, radiation, or even cold temperature. It is important that employees become familiar with existing hazards
Winter Injuries: Frostbite & Hypothermia While winter activities such as skiing, sled riding, and making a snowman can be enjoyable; they also can pose a threat if you are not aware of the risks. Some tips to keep in mind before endeavoring into the winter wonderland we call earth are: Check the temperature and limit your time outdoors if it’s very cold, wet or windy Bundle up in several layers of loose clothing Wear mittens rather than gloves Cover your ears with a warm hat Wear socks that will keep your feet warm and dry Frostbite and hypothermia are the consequences of being exposed to the cold and can have some serious effects. While running
National No Beard Day (October 18th) Whether you have been growing your exceptionally groomed beard for years, or you just recently started your endeavor, this is the day to wave goodbye and go back to the smooth look everyone forgot about! No Beard Day is the perfect day to see what you look like without it, and perhaps to start anew or mark the start of something new in your life. Aside from the clean look that your partner or family might enjoy seeing for the first time in months or even years, this could be the perfect time to take care of some finished, or unfinished business at work. Hopefully many of you are
Fall Prevention Awareness Week Did you know that the leading cause of death for construction workers are falls? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 350 of the 937 construction fatalities in 2015 were caused by falls from elevation. However, the construction industry is not the only sector of work where falls are considered to be a danger. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), most general industry incidents involve slips, trips, and falls as well. They cause 15% of all accidental deaths and are second only to motor vehicle incidents for causing fatalities. Furthermore, all of these deaths from falling are preventable and can be avoided by these steps. Importance of Training First, training
May is Electrical Safety Month Electrocutions Are One of OSHA's Fatal Four Did you know that three of the ten most violated (and cited) OSHA standards involve electrical safety? In fact, “Electrocutions” are one of OSHA’s Construction Fatal Four. The Fatal Four is a list of hazards that accounted for over 64% of fatalities in the construction industry in 2015. Of the construction fatalities, 8.6% of them dealt with electrocutions. Focus on Prevention The following are some ways to prevent run-ins with electrical hazards: Make sure your lockout/tagout program is up to date. Routinely inspect extension cords and electrically powered tools for wear and tear.
It Shouldn't Have Happened Workers' Memorial Day, observed every year on April 28, is a day to honor those who have died on the job, to acknowledge the suffering experienced by their families and communities, and to recommit ourselves to the fight for safe and healthful workplaces for all workers. April 28 is also the day OSHA was established in 1971. Under the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their workers. OSHA's role is to ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. Every Worker Should Return Home Safely Each Day
Let the CDC Get You Through the Flu Season With flu season on the horizon, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Foundation is sharing information to help workers protect themselves from the disease. Annually, 5 to 20 percent of Americans contract the flu, resulting in $10.4 billion in medical bills and $16.3 billion in lost wages. Nearly 60 percent of reported flu hospitalizations are adults 18 to 64 – the general age range of workers. Among the information released is an infographic with facts about vaccination, how the flu impacts workers and how to avoid spreading germs. Flu Symptoms Body aches Runny nose Fever Headache Fatigue Tips for Employees From the CDC Get vaccinated each year Encourage
"It's too hot." It’s that time of year to open up the swimming pool, bring out the grill, dust off the golf clubs and enjoy the outdoors! It’s also that time of year where heat related hazards are present. Every year, thousands of workers experience adverse health effects from occupational heat exposure. Workers who are exposed to high air temperatures, radiant heat sources, high humidity, direct physical contact with hot objects and strenuous activities should be aware of potential heat-related illness. TYPES OF HEAT RELATED ILLNESSES Heat Stroke: the most serious form of heat-related illness which results when the body can no longer regulate its core temperature; a medical emergency that may result in death.
Springtime Hazards on Construction Sites As springtime starts to spring this year, everyone is excited to get out to the jobsite and enjoy the nice weather. However, it is important to think about what changes are happening on your construction site. Most of the country experienced one of the coldest and harshest winters in decades. This severe cold has caused the soil to heave up to an elevation that is higher than it was in the autumn. Now as the spring thaw starts, the soil will start to go back down to its normal elevation, which can cause unexpected hazards on your jobsite. So what’s the big deal? When scaffolding or shoring is bearing on