WHO Urges Use of “Smart Syringes”


The World Health Organization (WHO) is urging the universal use of “smart syringes” for any and all applications that require an injection.
According to WHO “A 2014 study sponsored by WHO, which focused on the most recent available data, estimated that in 2010, up to 1.7 million people were infected with hepatitis B virus, up to 315 000 with hepatitis C virus and as many as 33 800 with HIV through an unsafe injection.

The reuse of needles is a big reason for the spread of communicable diseases worldwide. “Smart syringes” wouldn’t solve that problem.

There are several different types of smart syringes. In most cases the needle breaks if the users tries to retract the syringe plunger rendering the needle useless. Other models have a clip that falls in place preventing the plunger from being pulled back once an injection has been administered.

Additionally, there are now syringes where a cap or sheath slides over the needle once it has been used in order to protect health workers and clean-up crews from getting accidentally infected by needle pricks.

The challenge, of course, is going to be the cost. Smart syringes cost about twice as much as regular syringes.

Old WPA Safety Posters

The Works Progress Administration (WPA) was a government agency that sought to employ workers who were unemployed. Many were put to work on railroad lines, road crews, etc… They also employed artists to make posters promoting special events, publicizing attractions, etc…

Among the posters that they put together were a series on safety. Here are a few of the posters they put together:

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Besides these safety posters, there are hundreds of old posters that you can reference. Check out the complete collection at http://www.loc.gov/pictures/search/?sp=1&co=wpapos&st=grid

Free Job Safety Analysis Templates for over 68 Different Jobs

Last Friday, I sent you to http://www.thesafeness.com for work permit templates. Today I’m sending you back there but this time rather than work permits it’s for job safety analysis templates.

Here’s the list:

Free Work Permit Templates to Download

Do you need a hot work permit template? How about a work at heights permit or a confined space permit? You could create your own but that just means a whole lot of work that you don’t have to do. Instead, just download and modify one of the following work permits from our friends are http://www.thesafeness.com

Work at Height Permit

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Sample 6  Sample 7  Sample 8  Sample 9  Sample 10

Excavation Permit

Sample 1  Sample 2  Sample 3  Sample 4  Sample 5

Sample 6  Sample 7  Sample 8  Sample 9  Sample 10

Confined Space Entry Permit

Sample 1  Sample 2  Sample 3  Sample 4  Sample 5

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If you use one of their templates, just drop them a line thanking them for all the time and money they saved you!

Why You Should be Worried About Birds

Pigeons, crows, starlings, geese, swallows… they seem to be everywhere and, aside from the occasional dropping on your car, seem pretty harmless. Truth is that bird droppings, feathers and remnants, especially from nesting materials, can harbor a host of different diseases. Bird droppings, feathers and other bird related debris can get into the ventilation system creating a hazard for working or inhabitants inside the building. Among the diseases that have been tied to avian fecal matter and debris are the following (in alphabetical order):

What to do

In order to protect workers and especially if employees seem to be showing any health symptoms, a HVAC specialist should be called in to check any and all ventilation intakes, including attics and crawl-spaces as well as flat roof areas. Any evidence of avian fecal matter or debris should be removed and the area disinfected. Additionally wire mesh and other bird deterrent devices should be used to keep birds away from the building.

New Trichloroethylene Safety Video

Trichloroethylene (TCE), is a volatile organic compound that is used primarily as a solvent to remove grease and certain types of adhesives. It is nonflammable and colorless. It can be ingested, inhaled when airborne or absorbed through the skin. It can also be hazardous and even fatal.

Now, a new 4 minute video explaining the dangers of TCE and exploring how to protect against TCE poisoning is available as a Youtube video.


The video was sponsored by the some of the following organizations and agencies and businesses:

  • EMSL Analytical
  • LA Testing
  • Clark Seif Clark
  • Zimmetry Environmental
  • Indoor Environmental Consultants
  • Hudson Douglas Public Adjusters
  • Healthy Indoors Magazine
  • Maine Indoor Air Quality Council
  • 2015 Northeast IAQ & Energy Conference