U.S. Agricultural Safety and Health Videos on Youtube

The U.S. Depart of Agricultural Safety and Health is now available on Youtube. With 20 different videos in six different categories, there’s plenty here. The categories are:

  • Pesticide Safety (9 videos)
  • Tractor and Machine Safety (3 videos)
  • Livestock Safety (3 videos)
  • Grain Safety (1 video)
  • Child Development (2 videos)
  • Respiratory Protection (2 videos)

Have a look for yourself and see how you might be able to use this free resource at http://www.youtube.com/USagCenters.


New NIOSH Document to help protect from Nanomaterials

Safety in the workplace is getting increasingly complicated. Every year new chemicals are created necessitating new rules on exposure, PELs, etc… Now, the advent of Nanotechnology has NIOSH trying to protect worker from nanomaterials in manufacturing and that isn’t an easy thing to do.

A new publications by NIOSH, available on the CDC website entitled “Current Strategies for Engineering Controls in Nanomaterial Production and Downstream Handling Processes” outlines in its 96 pages how manufacturing companies need to protect their workers.

Control measures for nanoparticles, dusts, and other hazards should be implemented within the context of a comprehensive occupational safety and health management system[ANSI/AIHA 2012]. The critical elements of an effective occupational safety and health management system include management commitment and employee involvement, worksite analysis, hazard prevention and control, and sufficient training for employees, supervisors, and managers (www.osha.gov/Publications/safety-health-management-systems.pdf). In developing measures to control occupational exposure to nanomaterials, it is important to  remember that processing and manufacturing involve a wide range of hazards.

Nanotechnology is here to stay and with it a whole host of potential hazards and problems. This NIOSH guide is a great start but it’s just that and nothing more. There’s still a long way to go.

Jogging Safety Tips


Do you jog to keep healthy? Good for you! Exercise is good for your health but please don’t let it kill you. Let me explain.

I live in a rural area with few street lights and no sidewalks. Some mornings I drive almost 4 miles before I encounter another car but I rarely go more than a couple miles before I encounter a biker or a jogger. Here’s the problem… it’s dark and with no sidewalks I’m often almost on top of the jogger before I see him or her. I’ve taken to carrying hi-viz safety vests in my car and stop and give them to joggers who aren’t visible enough.

Joggers don’t realize how hard they are to spot, especially when you’re going about 45 mph. So here are a few safety tips for you if you jog, bike or walk your dog, especially when it’s still dark out.

1. As already noted, please wear bright clothing with reflective stripes. You may not want to wear it any other time but making sure that you are highly visible when it’s dark out could possibly save your life. There are all kinds of hi-vis clothing available. Jackets, hoodies, sweatshirts, T-shirts, pants, vests, coats are all available in hi-vis with reflective stripping. Even if all you wear is a inexpensive safety vest (here’s one for $6.23) drivers will be able to spot you a long way off rather than when they are almost on top of you.

2. If possible, wear a small flashlight. There are inexpensive LED lights that burn for hours that will make sure that drivers see you a long ways off.

3. I know that you love your “Chariots of Fire” or “Rocky” music to inspire you while you jog but if you absolutely must wear your Ipod, please only put one earpiece in. Being able to hear cars, horns and other traffic sounds around you is absolutely essential so one earbud and keep the volume down.

4. Run against traffic so you can see who’s coming and be on the alert. Think defensively. Be prepared and assume that the vehicle isn’t going to see you. Get out of the way as much as possible and prepare to jump out of the way if necessary.

5. Always carry identification on you along with any medical information that might be needed in case you are in an accident. This includes blood type, allergies, medical conditions, etc…

6. If possible, jog with someone else. Two together are safer than a lone, isolated jogger.

7. If you must jog alone, make sure that someone else knows when you’re leaving, what your route is and when you’ll be back.

Staying healthy by jogging does you no good if you end up in the hospital with broken bones and cuts. It does you even less good if you end up in the morgue so please make sure that you get your exercise safely.

FDA Warning on Spices

You follow all the health and safety tips to make sure that your food is safe. You disinfect, wipe and clean to make any contamination at bay. Then, just as dinner is almost finished cooking you add a few spices for flavor. Oops, you’ve just introduced a contaminant without being aware of it.

A new study by the FDA has found that “the average prevalence of filth adulteration of shipments of imported spice was 12%“.

Ironically, this applied only to imported spices as domestic spices were not tested.

The most common types of filth adulterants were insect fragments, whole/equivalent insects, and animal hair.

In case you want to read all 213 pages of the report you can download it by clicking on the image below.



School Bus Safety

Registered sex offenders are not allowed within a certain distance of elementary schools but that law does not apply to the bus stop where your child may wait. You can’t rely on the fact that other children may be present. The other student or students may, on any given day, not be present due to illness or some other factor and your child, if you aren’t present, may end up standing there alone, making them easy prey.

Watch a short video on how to protect your child from sexual predators at the bus stop.



OSHA Wants Safety Reports Made Public Online

OSHA announced a new plan today to have companies post their safety reports online for everyone to view rather than transmitting them directly to OSHA. The plan would only apply to companies of 250+ employees as well as certain companies with 20+ employees who are in certain high risk categories and in a more condensed, summary format.

The move, according to OSHA is designed to increase visibility and therefore accountability, especially for repeat offenders who tend to take little to no action to fix problems that cause injuries to employees.

OSHA is also claiming that the move is designed to help with president Obama’s Open Government Initiative (I’m going to resist the temptation to rant here about how that initiative is a joke from a president who’s trying to get insurance companies not to talk about the results of Obamacare).

This would not add any work or change anything about the report, simply the manner in which it is submitted.

What remains to be seen is how the employers of the companies to whom this applies are going to react. It is my guess that most aren’t going to be that happy about having all their information made so public.

What  do you think about this move?

Health and Safety Alert- November Home care/Hospice care Awareness

November is National Home Care and Hospice Month

With Thanksgiving on the horizon, people start to think about all the things they are thankful for and for many, families caregivers are at the top of the list. Every November home health and hospice agencies celebrate National Home Care and National Hospice Month to honor healthcare employees such as nurses, clinicians and therapists who have made a positive impact in the lives of those for whom they care.

Home care promotes independence for seniors and allows them to stay amidst familiar surroundings and possessions, which has a positive effect on psychological well-being. Home healthcare in particular is a form of home care that is physician-ordered and performed by someone with special training such as registered nurses and licensed practical nurses. Hospice care focuses on relieving symptoms and pain management for patients diagnosed with a terminal illness

Both hospice and palliative home care focus on helping a person with a serious or life-limiting illness by addressing issues causing physical or emotional pain, or suffering. The goals of palliative care are to improve the quality of a seriously ill person’s life and to support that person and their family during and after treatment. Hospice care is usually provided in the final months of life; sharing the same philosophy of hospice care, palliative care may be provided at any stage during a serious or life-limiting illness.

This new research adds to the body of evidence showing that many patients live longer with hospice and palliative care,

Six important points to know about hospice:

1. Hospice care is usually provided in the home – wherever the patient calls home.

2. Hospice cares for people with any kind of life-limiting illness.

3. Hospice is fully covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and most private health plans and HMOs.

4. Hospice is not limited to six months of care.

5. Hospice is not “giving up”; rather the focus is on caring, not curing.

6. Anyone can contact hospice – so call your local program to learn if hospice is right for you or your loved one.

Rights as a Patient

Federal law requires that all individuals receiving home care services be informed of their rights as a patient. Following is a model patient bill of rights the National Association for Home Care (NAHC) has developed, based on the patient rights currently enforced by law.

Home care patients have the right to:

  • be fully informed of all his or her rights and responsibilities by the home care agency;
  • choose care providers;
  • appropriate and professional care in accordance with physician orders;
  • receive a timely response from the agency to his or her request for service;
  • be admitted for service only if the agency has the ability to provide safe, professional care at the level of intensity needed;
  • receive reasonable continuity of care;
  • receive information necessary to give informed consent prior to the start of any treatment or procedure;
  • be advised of any change in the plan of care, before the change is made;
  • refuse treatment within the confines of the law and to be informed of the consequences of his or her action;
  • be informed of his or her rights under state law to formulate advanced directives;
  • have health care providers comply with advance directives in accordance with state law requirements;
  • be informed within reasonable time of anticipated termination of service or plans for transfer to another agency;
  • be fully informed of agency policies and charges for services, including eligibility for third-party reimbursements;
  • be referred elsewhere, if denied service solely on his or her inability to pay;
  • voice grievances and suggest changes in service or staff without fear of restraint or discrimination;
  • a fair hearing for any individual to whom any service has been denied, reduced, or terminated, or who is otherwise aggrieved by agency action. The fair hearing procedure shall be set forth by each agency as appropriate to the unique patient situation (i.e., funding source, level of care, diagnosis);
  • be informed of what to do in the event of an emergency; and
  • be advised of the telephone number and hours of operation of the state’s home health hot line, which receives questions and complaints about Medicare-certified and state-licensed home care agencies.

NAHC’s affiliate, the Hospice Association of America, has developed the following model bill of rights for all individuals receiving hospice care. It also is based on the patient rights currently enforced by law.

Hospice patients have the right to:

  • receive care of the highest quality;
  • have relationships with hospice organizations that are based on ethical standards of conduct, honesty, dignity, and respect;
  • in general, be admitted by a hospice organization only if it is assured that all necessary palliative and supportive services will be provided to promote the physical, psychological, social, and spiritual well-being of the dying patient. However, an organization with less than optimal resources may admit the patient if a more appropriate hospice organization is not available, but only after fully informing the client of its limitations and the lack of suitable alternative arrangements;
  • be notified in writing of their rights and obligations before their hospice care begins. Consistent with state laws, the patient’s family or guardian may exercise the patient’s rights when the patient is unable to do so. Hospice organizations have an obligation to protect and promote the rights of their patients;
  • be notified in writing of the care the hospice organization will furnish, the types of caregivers who will furnish the care, and the frequency of the services that are proposed to be furnished;
  • be advised of any change in the plan of care before the change is made;
  • participate in the planning of the care and in planning changes in the care, and to be advised that they have the right to do so;
  • refuse services and to be advised of the consequences of refusing care;
  • request a change in caregiver without fear of reprisal or discrimination;
  • confidentiality with regard to information about their health, social, and financial circumstances and about what takes place in the home;
  • expect the hospice organization to release information only as consistent with its internal policy, required by law, or authorized by the client;
  • be informed of the extent to which payment may be expected from Medicare, Medicaid, or any other payor known to the hospice organization;
  • be informed of any charges that will not be covered by Medicare, and the charges for which he or she may be liable;
  • receive this information orally and in writing within 15 working days of the date the hospice organization becomes aware of any changes in charges;
  • have access, on request, to all bills for service the patient has received regardless of whether they are paid out of pocket or by another party;
  • be informed of the hospice’s ownership status and its affiliation with any entities to whom the patient is referred;
  • be informed of the procedure they can follow to lodge complaints with the hospice organization about the care that is, or fails to be, furnished, and regarding a lack of respect for property;
  • know about the disposition of such complaints;
  • voice grievances without fear of discrimination or reprisal for having done so; and
  • be told what to do in the case of an emergency.


Medicare will help cover home healthcare cost for people with Medicare who meet the following four conditions:

  1. Your doctor must decide you need medical care at home and make a plan of care
  2. You must need at least one of the following: Ongoing brief nursing visits less frequently than daily, physical therapy, speech-language therapy or continue to need occupational therapy.
  3. You must be homebound. This means that you are normally unable to leave home unassisted. Being homebound means that leaving requires a major effort. When you leave home it must be to get medical care or for short infrequent, non-medical reasons such at a haircut, or attend religious services.
  4. The Medicare program must approve the home health agency caring for you.

Hospice Care

What is Hospice?

Considered to be the model for quality, compassionate care for people facing a life-limiting illness or injury, hospice care involve a team-oriented approach to expert medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support expressly tailored to the patient’s needs and wishes. Support is provided to the patient’s loved ones as well. At the center of hospice and palliative care is the belief that each of us has the right to die pain-free and with dignity, and that our families will receive the necessary support to allow us to do so.

Hospice focuses on caring, not curing and in most cases care is provided in the patient’s home. Hospice care also is provided in freestanding hospice centers, hospitals, and nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. Hospice services are available to patients of any age, religion, race, or illness. Hospice care is covered under Medicare, Medicaid, most private insurance plans, HMOs, and other managed care organizations.

How does hospice care work? Typically, a family member serves as the primary caregiver and, when appropriate, helps make decisions for the terminally ill individual. Members of the hospice staff make regular visits to assess the patient and provide additional care or other services. Hospice staff is on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The hospice team develops a care plan that meets each patient’s individual needs for pain management and symptom control. The team usually consists of:

§ The patient’ s personal physician;

§ Hospice physician (or medical director);

§ Nurses;

§ Home health aides;

§ Social workers;

§ Clergy or other counselors

§ Trained volunteers; and

§ Speech, physical, and occupational therapists, if needed.

What services are provided? Among its major responsibilities, the interdisciplinary hospice team:

§ Manages the patient’s pain and symptoms;

§ Assists the patient with the emotional and psychosocial and spiritual aspects of dying;

§ Provides needed drugs, medical supplies, and equipment;

§ Coaches the family on how to care for the patient;

§ Delivers special services like speech and physical therapy when needed;

§ Makes short-term inpatient care available when pain or symptoms become too difficult to manage at home, or the caregiver needs respite time; and

§ Provides bereavement care and counseling to surviving family and friends.

If you would like more information on Hospice or Home care please contact me or come to our Wednesday Wellness class on Nov 13in the learning center. We have Twila Rutter from Interim Healthcare speaking on this subject.

Information from Interim Health in Clovis NM (‘Twila Rutter and Sarah Werner) and NAHC

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