Redesigned Website Launches

While, for the most part, I try to focus on information and training on this blog, there are times when I have to put in a little something about www.nationalsafetyinc.com which is the company I work for and that brings you this blog. Today is such a day because we have just launched our new redesigned website with improved navigation, search and with easies and simpler checkout.

With over 10,000 safety items and almost $1,000,000 worth of stock, unparalleled service, same day shipping on any order received before noon, competitive pricing and more, www.nationalsafetyinc.com would love to show you what we can do to make your workplace and home safer. Unlike many other “safety” products website out there, you won’t find toilet paper and lightbulbs on our site. We know that safety is specialized and that selling product isn’t enough. If you don’t get the right product for your application, you aren’t going to be properly protected. We have a staff that has been with us for a long-time and each and everyone is trained in safety so that we have a combined 200 years of experience.

Come have a look around. If you have questions, call us at (800) 213-7092. We will be glad to help solve any safety related issue you have.


Horseback Riding Safety Tips

HORSEBACK RIDING SAFETY TIPS

Horseback riding is fun and an adventure but it is always important to be as safe as possible when you are riding a horse, because, lets face it, horseback riding is a very dangerous sport. Many accidents can happen and it has resulted in many critical life changing injuries and even deaths. Deaths that could have been avoided if people took the time to consider all their safety rules.

Always always always wear a helmet! It’s the same when you’re riding a bike or a motorcycle. A helmet can be the thing that separates life and death in an accident. An honestly, how easy is it to snap on a helmet? Some people don’t like to wear helmets because they don’t look cool, well, looking cool for about an hour or so a day isn’t worth a life. So, always wear that helmet.

I don’t think many people think about this, but it is also quiet important to have a riding buddy. They don’t necessarily have to be riding a horse when you are, but get someone who will watch you or just sit around by you while you ride, in case you get seriously hurt. Because believe me you do not want to be alone if you fall of a horse and break you leg, or your neck! A buddy could help out a lot; calling 911 on your PLATEAU Cell phone immediately, making sure the horse doesn’t step on you, making sure you don’t hurt yourself more, etc. Don’t count on other people being around doing stuff around the stables, always invite a buddy.

Make sure the horses attitude is normal that day. If the horse is acting a little grumpy and fights with you on the reins or saddle more that it usually does, don’t ride that day. Just let the horse run around in an arena and blow off some steam. Chances are after he has a little free running time when he doesn’t have to carry someone on his back he’ll be in a lot better mood for the next days ride.

Make sure when you put the saddle on, it is on tight and it is on right. That’s a simple safety rule. Safe Saddle!

Make sure the weather isn’t bad. If it is really hot out you need to be extremely aware at how you’re feeling while you’re riding. If you feel dehydrated, and feel like you might faint, get off the horse! And you obviously don’t want to ride when it’s raining, the horse could accidentally slip and then you’d both be in trouble! He could end up with a broken leg; you could end up with a broken back!

Things you need to know when going for a ride or being around horses:

· Make sure you have a horse that fits you

· The tack needs to fit the horse as much as it does you, Saddle, blankets, and bridle

· Be careful when approaching a horse and never walk up behind them

· Be familiar with your surroundings where you are riding, one little whole or something that you a unaware of can spook your horse and can cause an accident, injuring you or your horse, or even both

· When learning to ride, start off in a small area with an experienced person to help you and as you progress and get more comfortable with your riding and the horse, you can start riding in larger and larger areas.

· Ride a suitable horse for your riding skill level.

· The safest way to learn to ride is with an experienced riding instructor or coach.

· Know the proper way to saddle your horse to prevent you saddle from getting torn up or the horse injured if he gets spooked.

· Always secure your front cinch first, then the back cinch, and finally your breast collar.

· Wear an ASTM approved riding helmet. Numerous agencies and safety committees cite that the majority of rider fatalities are due to head injuries.

· Wear sturdy boots with minimal tread and a 1 inch (2.5 cm) heel. Alternatively use safety Stirrups or cages. If you fall you could be dragged if your foot slips through a stirrup.

· Always ride in complete control. As with cars or bikes, the faster you go the faster things can go wrong.

· Leave a map of your route when riding out on trail and the approximate time you will return. That way the folks back home will know when to start worrying and where to look if you are overdue.

· Always ride out with a buddy. As an extra precaution carry a cell phone or two-way radio.

· In a group ride the speed of the least experienced rider.

Guidelines for Staying Safe While Trail Riding

For many people riding out on trail is the only way to ride. But even if your goal is the show ring, trail riding can provide a welcome break in routine from working in an arena for both horse and rider. Trail riding requires a little more awareness. Situations can occur that would never happen in the more controlled environment of the riding ring. Following these suggestions may make your trail riding experience safer.

Before You Leave the Yard:

  • Tell someone where you plan to go and how long you will be.
  • Check the weather and dress accordingly.
  • Youll be more comfortable if you have snack and drink before you leave, especially if you plan to be out for more than an hour or so. Pack snacks and drinks along if youll be out all afternoon. (Not really a safety issue, but I get light headed if I forget to eat and that takes the fun out of a ride.) Make sure your horse has been fed and watered too.
  • Wear your helmet and proper boots or safety stirrups.

The Horse and Equipment:

  • Your horse should be calm and traffic safe. Find out before heading out on trail. Ride in a pasture along a road. Invite a dirt bike or ATV driver to ride up and down your driveway.
  • Your horse should be reasonably well schooled and obedient.
  • Your tack should always be sturdy. A broken rein might be a problem in the ring, but it could be a disaster on the trail.
  • If you plan to tie, take along a halter that can be put on over the bridle and a lead rope. Never tie a horse by the reins.
  • Take along a hoof pick, a pocket knife (some people recommend wire cutters), and a small first aid kit if you will be far from help.
  • If you have the technology use it. Cell phones and GPS are handy to have in an emergency. Thick tree foliage might interfere with reception, so a hilltop or open field might have to be found. Of course an old-fashioned map and compass might help too.

On the Trail:

  • Walk the first half-mile (kilometer) or so to warm up muscles
  • Ride with awareness. Know where problems might occursuch as a water crossing, passing by a kennel or an unusually painted fence or mailbox.
  • Keep two horse distances apart to avoid kicking.
  • Go the speed of the greenest horse or the most inexperienced rider.
  • Walk up and down steep hills.
  • Know the local wildlife. If bears, cougars are a concern know how to prevent an encounter
  • Avoid riding along roads if possible, especially at peak traffic times or in darkness.
  • Go the same speed. Dont trot or gallop past someone going a slower pace.
  • Warn riders behind you of low branches, stumps, holes or other hazards.
  • Hand signals for horseback riders are the same as for cyclists. Use them to signal riders at the back of the pack and along roads.
  • Ride well-known trails when the light is poor such as nightfall or very early morning.
  • Walk your horse the last half-mile home. This will cool him out and prevent him learning to rush back to the barn.

Safety and Courtesy on Multi-Use Trails

Many riders have access to the growing number of multi-use trails being established. State and provincial parks, private trails, and rail trails are ideal for horseback riding. Unfortunately, in some areas, horses are not welcome, largely due to misunderstandings between users. Courtesy and a little extra care can help leave a favorable impression of horseback riders. Here are a few ideas that can help keep all users safe and happy.

  • Dont canter, lope or gallop unless you can see well ahead of you that the trail is clear of other users.
  • Walk around corners, bends and across trail junctions.
  • Walk single file past other trail users.
  • Be aware of how repeated horse traffic can cause erosion over time. Spread out on hills instead of making a deep single track. Be aware of how hooves may damage surfaced trails. Ride slowly or move off to the side.

  • Always, whether on the trail or in the ring wear your helmet and safe footwear or use safety stirrups.
  • Ride a horse that is trail wise. Before heading out on trail make sure your horse is accustomed to pedestrians, bicycles, ATVs, dirt bikes and any other traffic you may encounter.
  • Take the initiative to move off the trail, especially for pedestrians. Many people are intimidated by horses.
  • Dont litter.
  • If your horse is startled by the sudden appearance of another trail user politely ask them to say hello so your horse can recognize them as another human.
  • Not everyone takes horse manure for granted like horse lovers do. If your horse drops manure on the trail, get off and clear it off the track. Trails in some areas have been closed to horses for fear of contamination. Once exposed to the sun, horse manure has little in it to contaminate ground water. Even if you fall face first in a fresh pile, its unlikely youd pick up any harmful bacteria. However, dont expect non-horse people to know that.
  • Clean up after your horse in the parking lot if youve trailered in. Dont leave manure, urine puddles, or old hay lying about. Bring a muck bucket and a manure fork to clean up with. Wash away urine with a few buckets of water.
  • Dirt bikes, ATVs and other motorized vehicles may be encountered on some multi-use trails. If you are riding in an area where you will meet these users try to stay out of their way. Better yet, try and establish an understanding between vehicle users and horseback riders so both can enjoy the trail safely. This might require a little more time on your part, but it will be worth it if unfortunate encounters or accidents can be avoided.
  • Always, always be polite, even if someone is impolite to you. Do everything you can to leave other users with a favorable impression of horseback riders.

Safety Tips – Trail Riding

1. If you plan to ride alone, tell someone where you are going and about when you expect to return.2. Ride a well-mannered horse.3. Do not play practical jokes and indulge in horseplay.4. Watch were you ride-avoid dangerous ground. Note landmarks. Study the country and view behind you so you will know how it looks.5. Courtesy is the best safety on the trail.

6. Think of your horse first. Watch its condition, avoid injuries, and care for it properly.

7. Carry a good pocket knife to cut ropes, etc., in case of entanglement.

8. Don’t tie the reins together.

9. Ride balanced and erect to avoid tiring the horse or creating sore backs, legs, etc.

10. Check the equipment: – Have a halter and rope. Hobbles are fine if the horse is trained to them. – Have clean saddle blankets or pads. – Be certain the equipment is in good repair and fits the horse. – Include bad-weather clothing. – A pair of wire cutters is handy in case the horse becomes entangled in wire. – A lariat is handy for many needs, but know how to use one and be certain the horse in accustomed to a rope. – Extras should include pieces of leather or rawhide for repairs; a few spare horseshoe nails; and a few matches.

11. If you unsaddle, store your gear properly and place the saddle blanket where it will dry.

12. Don’t water your horse when it is hot. Cool it first.

13. Always tie a horse in a safe place. Use the halter rope-not the bridle reins. Tie a safe distance from other horses and from tree limbs or brush where the horse may become entangled. Never tie below the level of the horse’s withers. Be certain to tie to an object that is strong and secure to avoid danger of breaking or coming loose if the horse pulls back.

14. Be extremely cautious of cigarettes, matches, and fires. Know they are out before discarding them or leaving.

15. Obtain current, accurate maps and information on the area. Become familiar with the terrain and climate.

16. If you ride on Federal or State lands, seek advice from the forest or park officials. Know their regulations on use of the trails and fire.

17. Be certain the horse is in good physical condition and its hooves and shoes are ready for the trail.

18. Use extreme caution at wet spots or boggy places.

19. Speed on the trail is unsafe. Ride at safe gaits.

20. Avoid overhanging limbs. Warn the rider behind you if you encounter one. Watch the rider ahead so a limb pushed aside doesn’t snap back and slap your horse in the face.

Safer Horseback Riding Along Roads

You should try to avoid riding along roads if possible. But sometimes following a short section of road, or crossing a road to get to a trail is unavoidable. Here are some tips that may help you stay safe riding your horse along roadsides

  • Your horse must be traffic safe before heading out on trail or along roads. Always assume you could meet dirt bikes, ATVs and 4X4s, cars or trucks when riding out of an enclosed area.
  • Plan to ride in off-peak traffic times.
  • Avoid riding in poor light along roads.
  • Know the traffic regulations in your area regarding horses. Most often horses must travel with the traffic.
  • Try to stay well off the roadside, but watch for hazards in ditches and verges such as broken glass and holes.
  • Stay together. Cross roads as a group so no one is left behind.
  • Be courteous to drivers, especially those who have made a special effort to get around you safely.
  • Hand signals for horseback riders are the same as for cyclists along roads.
  • Stay off pavement if possible. Some road surfaces are like ice to a horse.

Exercise caution in these simple ways and you’ll ensure your horse riding safety and also enjoy your horse riding experience as well.

Today’s Post comes to us courtesy of Ken Oswald

Safety and Security Manager for Plateau

keno@plateautel.com


Stand Up!

When we talk about workplace safety, we tend, for the most part, to focus on hearing protection, hand protection, head protection, fall protection, etc… We rarely, if ever, talk about what has been dubbed “The sitting disease”.

What is “the sitting disease”? Quite simply, it’s the fact that sitting might be killing you. Where our hunter, farmer, builder ancestors used to yearn to be able to sit down for a while we are now sitting all day long and it’s having adverse effects on our health.

 
Sitting is Killing You
Via: Medical Billing And Coding

Via: Medical Billing And Coding


Mobile Equipment Safety

When speaking about equipment and safety, we usually tend to think about lockout/tagout, guards, etc… on manufacturing equipment that is stationary, permanently in place in the workplace. Mobile machinery and equipment however still kill over 400 workers each year.

While flaggers are obviously the ones who are most immediately in danger of being hit by a piece of mobile equipment, anyone who finds himself around trucks, buses, plows and other heavy equipment is at risk. In many cases, with the forementioned vehicles, the line of sight is greatly reduced and blind spots are numerous.

Some basics for mobile equipment safety
1. Everyone working in or around mobile equipment should be wearing high-visibility vests.
2. All heavy equipment operator should be in constant radio contact with a person on the ground whose job it is to prevent accidents.
3. As much as possible, pedestrian and vehicle paths should be kept separated. When and where they must intersect the crossing should be clearly marked so that both pedestrians and drivers know where the area of high risk is.
4. Drivers should backup only when it is absolutely necessary. As much as possible drivers should be looking ahead. Backing up is the single most dangerous movement and where most accidents occur.
5. Backup alarms should be installed on all heavy equipment to warn pedestrians that the drivers’ visibility has just been greatly impaired.

For further documentation (especially for training employees) go to the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health website and download the “Mobile Equipment Safety” training document.


CSB 2012 – 2016 Strategic Plan

From the CSB website:

US Chemical Safety Board Releases 2012 2016 Strategic Plan

July 12, 2012

Washington, DC, July 12, 2012 The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) today released its 2012 2016 strategic plan. The plan is an update of the 2007 2012 CSB Strategic Plan, and includes the CSBs strategic goals, strategic objectives, and associated measures for managing and evaluating agency operations.

CSB Chairperson Dr. Rafael Moure-Eraso said, The CSBs strategic plan contains 13 strategic objectives that enable the agency to work towards its mission of accident prevention. The plan builds on the agencys legislative mandate and includes an updated mission and vision statement.

The strategic plan was approved unanimously by CSB board members and is now posted on the CSBs website and available at http://www.csb.gov.

The CSBs updated strategic plan was developed by interviewing stakeholders in industry, academia, and other government agencies as well as considering public comment, which was submitted to the board for review. As a result the final version of the plan includes a CSB Most Wanted Program that will allow the CSB to focus on outreach initiatives surround key CSB recommendations. In addition, there are measurable objections and the final plan focuses on three main goals. Goal 1:Conduct incident investigations and safety studies concerning releases of hazardous chemical substances. Goal 2: Improve safety and environ- mental protection by ensuring that CSB recommendations are implemented and by broadly disseminating CSB findings through advocacy and outreach. Goal 3: Preserve the public trust by maintaining and improving organizational excellence.

Goal 1 drives the core mission of the agency by ensuring that the CSB selects and completes incident investigations that have the potential to generate recommendations with high preventive impact. It also focuses the agency on developing and completing safety studies with an emphasis on emerging safety issues. Goal 2 focuses on implementing our recommendations and their associated advocacy and outreach. The highly successful CSB safety videos are an important component of the agency information dissemination efforts. Goal 3, on organizational excellence, serves to bind all agency processes using best practice project management. This includes all of the agencys high-performing administration and services functions.

The CSB is an independent federal agency charged with investigating industrial chemical accidents. The agency’s board members are appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate. CSB investigations look into all aspects of chemical accidents, including physical causes such as equipment failure as well as inadequacies in regulations, industry standards, and safety management systems.

The Board does not issue citations or fines but does make safety recommendations to plants, industry organizations, labor groups, and regulatory agencies such as OSHA and EPA. Visit our website, http://www.csb.gov.

For more information, contact Communications Manager Hillary Cohen at 202.446.8094 or via email at Hillary.Cohen@csb.gov.


Active Shooter what to do tips

*** Personal Security and Safety Alert***

Due to recent events with the shooting tragedy in Colorado. I have put together some personal security and safety tips from various law enforcement agencies and how to respond to a active shooting incident or emergency.

Police departments do not have to wait until bullets are flying and people are dying to stop the active shooter. Sometimes, officers are able to step between the shooter and his intended victims long before the screaming and bleeding begins. There are five phases of this type of incident.

1. Fantasy stage
2. Planning stage
3. Preparation stage
4. Approach stage
5. Implementation stage

Fantasy stage
Initially, the shooter only dreams of the shooting. He fantasizes about the headlines and the news coverage hell receive. He pictures breaking the death count record of the previous active shooter, and going out in a blaze of glory. He may draw pictures of the event, make Web postings and even discuss these desires with friends and foes alike. If these fantasies are passed on to law enforcement, police intervention can take place prior to the suspects attack. In this case, there may even be zero casualties.

Planning stage
The suspect is still a potential active shooter at this stage. He is determining logistics the who, what, when, where and how of the infamous day. He may put plans down in writing and will often discuss these plans with others. A time and location will be decided upon one that will ensure the greatest number of victims or, in some cases, target specific individuals. The potential shooter will determine the weapons needed and how they will be obtained. He will decide how to travel to the target location and how to dress to conceal his weapons without arousing suspicion. If the police are tipped off at this time, intervention may be made with zero casualties.

Preparation stage
A law enforcement agency can still intervene during the preparation stage. The suspect may be obtaining gun powder or other chemicals for his improvised explosive devices. He might break into a house to steal weapons and ammunition and/or hide them away in a designated place closer to where he plans to attack. He may also do a practice run or walkthrough of the operation, gearing himself up for the assault. Potential shooters have been known to call friends and tell them not to go to school or work on a certain day, in order to keep them out of the line-of-fire. If one of these people informs police of their concerns, there is another opportunity for law enforcement to intervene before the event. If this is the case, there is a real possibility that there may be zero casualties.

Approach stage
The closer the time to the planned event, the more dangerous it will be. By the approach stage, the suspect has made his plans and has committed himself to carry out the act. At this point, he is actually moving toward the intended target and will most likely be carrying the tools that hell use for the massacre.

Officers may come into contact with the suspect at this stage because of a citizen complaint, a traffic stop or something similar. A thorough investigation can lead to an arrest of the suspect before he brings down a multitude of innocent people in a shooting or bombing. However dangerous the stop, an alert and armed officer has a final chance to intervene if he is prepared and aware during every street contact. This contact could become a lifesaver and may end in zero casualties.

The implementation stage
Once the shooter opens fire, immediate action must be taken. Initial responding officers need to immediately proceed to the suspect and stop the threat. If he is not stopped, the active shooter will continue to kill until he runs out of victims or ammunition. Remember, the active shooter is unique because he is going for the top score, or the highest number of kills on record for an active shooter incident. It is almost like a bizarre video game, except its real.

The sooner someone anyone effectively intervenes through an act of courage, the fewer funerals will result. In past incidents, active shooters have been thwarted by police officers, security guards and school teachers. In October 2006, Principal John Klang of Weston High School in Cazenovia, Wis., died wrestling an armed 15 year-old student to the floor. Klang saved every life in the school except his own.

PROFILE OF AN ACTIVE SHOOTER

An Active Shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area; in most cases, active shooters use firearms(s) and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims.

Active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly. Typically, the immediate deployment of law enforcement is required to stop the shooting and mitigate harm to victims.

Because active shooter situations are often over within 10 to 15 minutes, before law enforcement arrives on the scene, individuals must be prepared both mentally and physically to deal with an active shooter situation.

Good practices for coping with an active shooter situation

· Be aware of your environment and any possible dangers

· Take note of the two nearest exits in any facility you visit

· If you are in an office, stay there and secure the door

· If you are in a hallway, get into a room and secure the door

· As a last resort, attempt to take the active shooter down. When the shooter is at

close range and you cannot flee, your chance of survival is much greater if you try to incapacitate him/her.

· CALL 911 WHEN IT IS SAFE TO DO SO!

HOW TO RESPOND WHEN AN ACTIVESHOOTER IS IN YOUR VICINITY

Quickly determine the most reasonable way to protect your own life. Remember that customers and clients are likely to follow the lead of employees and managers

during an active shooter situation.

1. Evacuate

If there is an accessible escape path, attempt to evacuate the premises. Be sure to:

Have an escape route and plan in mind

Evacuate regardless of whether others agree to follow

Leave your belongings behind

Help others escape, if possible

Prevent individuals from entering an area where the active shooter may be

Keep your hands visible

Follow the instructions of any police officers

Do not attempt to move wounded people

Call 911 when you are safe

2. Hide out

If evacuation is not possible, find a place to hide where the active shooter is less likely to find you.

Your hiding place should:

Be out of the active shooters view

Provide protection if shots are fired in your direction (i.e., an office with a closed and locked door)

Not trap you or restrict your options for movement To prevent an active shooter from entering your hiding place:

Lock the door

Blockade the door with heavy furniture

If the active shooter is nearby:

Lock the door

Silence your cell phone and/or pager

Turn off any source of noise (i.e., radios, televisions)

Hide behind large items (i.e., cabinets, desks)

Remain quiet

If evacuation and hiding out are not possible:

Remain calm

Dial 911, if possible, to alert police to the active shooters location

If you cannot speak, leave the line open and allow the dispatcher to listen

3. Take action against the active shooter

As a last resort, and only when your life is in imminent danger, attempt to disrupt and/or incapacitate the active shooter by:

Acting as aggressively as possible against him/her

Throwing items and improvising weapons

Yelling

Committing to your actions

HOW TO RESPOND WHEN LAW ENFORCEMENT ARRIVES

Law enforcements purpose is to stop the active shooter as soon as possible. Officers will proceed directly to the area in which the last shots were heard.

Officers usually arrive in teams of four (4)

Officers may wear regular patrol uniforms or external bulletproof vests, Kevlar helmets, and other tactical equipment

Officers may be armed with rifles, shotguns, handguns

Officers may use pepper spray or tear gas to control the situation

Officers may shout commands, and may push individuals to the ground for their safety

How to react when law enforcement arrives:

Remain calm, and follow officers instructions

Put down any items in your hands (i.e., bags, jackets)

Immediately raise hands and spread fingers

Keep hands visible at all times

Avoid making quick movements toward officers such as attempting to hold on to them for safety

Avoid pointing, screaming and/or yelling

Do not stop to ask officers for help or direction when evacuating, just proceed in the direction from which officers are entering the premises

Information to provide to law enforcement or 911 operators:

Location of the active shooter

Number of shooters, if more than one

Physical description of shooter/s

Number and type of weapons held by the shooter/s

Number of potential victims at the location

The first officers to arrive to the scene will not stop to help injured persons. Expect rescue teams comprised of additional officers and emergency medical personnel to follow the initial officers. These rescue teams will treat and remove any injured persons. They may also call upon able-bodied individuals to assist in removing the wounded from the premises.

Once you have reached a safe location or an assembly point, you will likely be held in that area by law enforcement until the situation is under control, and all witnesses have been identified and questioned. Do not leave the safe location or assembly point until law enforcement authorities have instructed you to do so.

Additional Ways to Prepare For and Prevent an Active Shooter Situation

Preparedness

– Ensure that your facility has at least two evacuation routes

– Post evacuation routes in conspicuous locations throughout your facility – Include local law enforcement and first responders during training exercises

– Encourage law enforcement, emergency responders, SWAT teams, K-9 teams, and bomb squads to train for an active shooter scenario at your location

Prevention

– Foster a respectful workplace

– Be aware of indications of workplace violence and take remedial actions accordingly

ING POTENTIAL WORKPLACE VIOLENCE

An active shooter in your workplace may be a current or former employee, or an acquaintance of a current or former employee. Intuitive managers and coworkers

may notice characteristics of potentially violent behavior in an employee. Alert your Human Resources Department or Safety Manager if you believe an employee or coworker exhibits potentially violent behavior.

Indicators of Potential Violence by an Employee or Customer

Employees or Customers typically do not just snap, but display indicators of potentially violent behavior over time. If these behaviors are recognized, they can often be managed and treated. Potentially violent behaviors by an employee may include one or more of the following (this list of behaviors is not comprehensive, nor is it intended as a mechanism for diagnosing violent tendencies):

Increased use of alcohol and/or illegal drugs

Unexplained increase in absenteeism; vague physical complaints

Noticeable decrease in attention to appearance and hygiene

Depression / withdrawal

Resistance and overreaction to changes in policy and procedures

Repeated violations of company policies

Increased severe mood swings

Noticeably unstable, emotional responses

Explosive outbursts of anger or rage without provocation

Suicidal; comments about putting things in order

Behavior which is suspect of paranoia, (everybody is against me)

Increasingly talks of problems at home

Escalation of domestic problems into the workplace; talk of severe financial problems

Talk of previous incidents of violence

Empathy with individuals committing violence

Increase in unsolicited comments about firearms, other dangerous weapons and violent crimes

MANAGING THE CONSEQUENCES OF AN ACTIVE SHOOTER SITUATION

After the active shooter has been incapacitated and is no longer a threat, human resources and/or management should engage in post-event assessments and activities,

including:

An accounting of all individuals at a designated assembly point to determine who, if anyone, is missing and potentially injured

Determining a method for notifying families of individuals affected by the active shooter, including notification of any casualties

Assessing the psychological state of individuals at the scene, and referring them to health care specialists EAP accordingly

Identifying and filling any critical personnel or operational gaps left in the organization as a result of the active shooter

Awareness is one of the best defenses against any active shooter. No matter if you are at work, the movies, schools or shopping malls. Always raise your awareness it can truly save a life, that life maybe yours.

Thank you

Ken Oswald for this timely and important safety reminder.


Hyperthermia Heat Stroke

Hyperthermia Heat Stroke: Summer Heat Makes It Especially Dangerous to Leave Children or Pets in Cars.

Heat coming back again to our Plateau area and temperature up near 100 degrees the rest of the week and weekend. Across the country record Highs and Dangerous Temperatures continue throughout the entire United States. The risk of a serious injury or death during hot weather is heightened for children and pets left alone in vehicles, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) warned. New research shows that for children hyperthermia (heat-stroke) is the leading cause of non-crash vehicle deaths.

Even with the windows rolled down two inches, it only takes 10 minutes for the inside of a vehicle to reach deadly temperatures on a hot summer day, said Ronald Medford, Acting Deputy Administrator of NHTSA. Children or pets should never be left alone in or around a motor vehicle, not even for a quick errand. Any number of things can go critically wrong in the blink of an eye.

STATISTICS ON CHILD HYPERTHERMIA

  • Total number of U.S. hyperthermia deaths of children left in cars, 2012: 11
  • Total number of U.S. hyperthermia deaths of children left in cars, 2011: 33
  • Total number of U.S. hyperthermia deaths of children left in cars, 1998-present: 538

CIRCUMSTANCES

· An examination of media reports about the 538 child vehicular hyperthermia deaths for an thirteen year period (1998 through 2011) shows the following circumstances:

· 51% – child “forgotten” by caregiver (278 Children)

· 30% – child playing in unattended vehicle (154)

· 17% – child intentionally left in vehicle by adult (99)

· 1% – circumstances unknown (7)

What is hyperthermia?

Hyperthermia is overheating of the body.The word is made up of “hyper” (high) + “thermia” from the Greek word “thermes” (heat). Hyperthermia is literally high heat. There are a variety of heat-related illnesses, including heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Other heat-

related health problems include heat cramps, heat rash and sunburn.

Summer can bring heat waves with unusually high temperatures that last for days and sometimes weeks. In the summer of 1980, a severe heat wave hit the United States, and nearly 1,700 people lost their lives from heat-related illness. Likewise, in the summer of 2003, tens of thousands of people died of the heat in Europe. High temperatures put people at risk. 2012 has been another record setting year with numerous days with high heat indexes. So far 11 children have lost their lives to hyperthermia.

What causes hyperthermia and heat-related illnesses?

People suffer heat-related illness when the body’s temperature control system is overloaded. The body normally cools itself by sweating. But under some conditions, sweating just isn’t enough. In such cases, a person’s body temperature rises rapidly. Very high body temperatures can damage the brain or other vital organs.

Several factors affect the body’s ability to cool itself during extremely hot weather. When the humidity is high, sweat will not evaporate as quickly, preventing the body from releasing heat quickly. Other conditions that can limit the ability to regulate temperature include old age, obesity, fever (illness), dehydration, heart disease, poor circulation, sunburn, and drug, and alcohol use.

Those at greatest risk of heat-related illness include:

  • infants and children up to four years of age
  • people 65 years of age or older
  • people who are overweight
  • people who overexert during work or exercise
  • people who are ill or on certain medications

Infants and children up to four years of age are very sensitive to the effects of high temperatures and rely on others to regulate their environments and provide adequate liquids.

People 65 years of age or older may not compensate for heat stress efficiently, and are less likely to sense and respond to changes in temperature. Overweight people may be prone to heat sickness because of their tendency to retain more body heat.

Any health condition that causes dehydration makes the body more susceptible to heat-related illness. If you or someone you know is at higher risk, it is important to drink plenty of fluids (water), avoid overexertion, and get your doctor or pharmacist’s advice about medications being taken for:

  • high blood pressure,
  • depression,
  • nervousness,
  • mental illness,
  • insomnia, or
  • poor circulation.

LEGAL

Only 19 states have laws specifically addressing leaving a child unattended in a vehicle. The remaining 31 states do not have laws specifically against leaving a child unattended in a vehicle Currently only 1 state, Utah, has proposed legislation that would make it a crime to leave a child unattended in a vehicle Another 14 states have had previously proposed unattended child laws

MEDICAL SYMPTOMS:

Heatstroke occurs when a person’s temperature exceeds 103 degrees F and their thermoregulatory mechanism is overwhelmed
– Symptoms include: dizziness, disorientation, agitation, confusion, sluggishness, seizure, hot dry skin that is flushed but not sweating, loss of consciousness, rapid heartbeat, hallucinations and death.

A core body temperature of 107 degrees F is considered lethal as cells are damaged and internal organs shut down Children’s thermoregulatory systems are not as efficient as an adult’s and their body temperatures warm at a rate 3 to 5 times faster than an adults.

VEHICLE HEATING DYNAMICS

The atmosphere and the windows of a car are relatively transparent to the suns shortwave radiation and are warmed little. However this shortwave energy does heat objects that it strikes. For example, a dark dashboard or seat can easily reach temperatures in the range of 180 to over 200 degrees F.

These objects (e.g., dashboard, steering wheel, child seat) heat the adjacent air by conduction and convection and also give off long wave radiation (red) which is very efficient at warming the air trapped inside a vehicle.

HEAT STUDY CONCLUSIONS:

  • Average elapsed time and temperature rise
    • 10 minutes ~ 19 deg F
    • 20 minutes ~ 29 deg F
    • 30 minutes ~ 34 deg F
    • 60 minutes ~ 43 deg F
    • 1 to 2 hours ~ 45-50 deg F
  • Cracking the windows had little effect
  • Vehicle interior color probably biggest factor
  • “Parents and other caregivers need to be educated that a vehicle is not a babysitter or play area … but it can easily become tragedy”

SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS

  • NEVER LEAVE A CHILD UNATTENDED IN A VEHICLE. NOT EVEN FOR A MINUTE!
  • IF YOU SEE A CHILD UNATTENDED IN A HOT VEHICLE CALL 9-1-1.
  • Be sure that all occupants leave the vehicle when unloading. Don’t overlook sleeping babies.
  • Always lock your car and ensure children do not have access to keys or remote entry devices. IF A CHILD IS MISSING, ALWAYS CHECK THE POOL FIRST, AND THEN THE CAR, INCLUDING THE TRUNK. Teach your children that vehicles are never to be used as a play area.
  • Keep a stuffed animal in the car seat and when the child is put in the seat place the animal in the front with the driver.
  • Or place your purse or briefcase in the back seat as a reminder that you have your child in the car.
  • Make “look before you leave” a routine whenever you get out of the car.
  • Have a plan that your childcare provider will call you if your child does not show up for school.
  • Dont leave your pets in the car either!! Same affects can happen to them!

SAFETY FIRST, SAFETY ALWAYS!

Information provided by the NHTSA, NWS and ggweather.com

Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Ken Oswald
Safety and Security Manager for Plateau


Free Grounding and Bonding Application Handbook

Static electricity can sometimes be annoying like when you go to shake someone’s hand and you give them a tiny jolt of electricity or when you go to touch something metallic and get a tiny shock. Other times, however, static electricity can be a lot more than just annoying, it can be downright dangerous and even fatal as in instances where there are explosive gases present; it can also ruin equipment like circuit boards and other electronic components by causing shorts.

In cases where static electricity is more than a simple annoyance, it needs to be controlled or eliminated. Fortunately for you, if you are in such a situation, Newson-Gale is here to help with a free handbook that can help you control static in hazardous areas.

The 32 page booklet entitled “Grounding and Bonding Applications” is available as a free download on the Newson-Gale website.

“All of the static grounding and bonding solutions illustrated are supported by relevant extracts from NFPA 77 and Cenelec CLC/TR 50504, the internationally recognized standards for static control in hazardous locations.

Additional helpful information on hazardous area classification, the range of gases and dusts that can be ignited by electrostatic charges and static safety checklists are available for reference within the Handbook.”


Children in hot cars can suffer brain damage

With spring and summer just around the corner, it’s perhaps time to remind ourselves about the dangers represented by vehicles left in the sun, especially with children inside.

Studies have shown that the temperature inside a vehicle can rapidly rise to extremely dangerous levels. Children’s bodies are much more sensitive than adults bodies and their temperatures can rise 3 to 5 times faster (it’s a question of body mass. A chicken cooks faster than a turkey… no nasty insinuations intended). The effects on the child’s body can be disastrous with severe dehydration, seizures, brain damage and eventually death.

So here are the safety rules once again:

1. Never leave a child alone, unattended in a vehicle. NEVER! Even if you are just going to be 2 seconds (or so you think) take the child with you.

2. Make it a habit to always have your keys in your hands when you get out of the car. It’s just too easy to accidentally lock your keys in the car and if your child is strapped in his car seat he’s going to be in harm’s way by the time you get the vehicle unlocked.

3. Have a spare key somewhere you can get at it fast (magnetic key holder, wheel well, etc…) just in case safety rules # 2 fails. Especially if you have small children or consistently drive small children around, make sure you have a spare key somewhere where you can get to it fast if you accidentally lock your keys in your car.

4. When stopping for gas, pay at the pump. Take out a gas station credit card or do whatever you have to do to make sure you don’t have to go into the gas station to pay while leaving the child in the car.

5. Do not leave your vehicle unlocked when at home. Even if it isn’t a matter of protecting your car from burglars, it’s too easy for children to climb in an unlocked vehicle and end up locking themselves in. By the time you figure out what has happened, it might be too late. Always keep your car locked.

What about if you notice a child alone and unattended inside a vehicle?

1. call 911. They will ask about the vehicles’ license plate, the age of the child, the apparent condition of the child.

2. if the vehicle isn’t locked, open the doors to get air circulating. Provide shade for the child with a blanket, sunshade or coat until emergency services get there. If the child appears to be in distress, remove the child from the vehicle and stay close until emergency services arrive.