Protecting Worker’s in Extreme Cold

Every summer we hear a lot about heat stress and how to combat it and yet, equally important is cold weather protection for winter.

In order to function properly, your body strives to keep your core temperature at 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. In order to keep the core at that temperature in cold weather it constricts the blood vessels to the skin, the arms and the legs (the less cold blood that is brought back to the heart the easier it is to keep the core temperature elevated). The unfortunate results of prolonged exposure to cold is that the skin and extremities, not getting enough blood, can begin to die. That’s frostbite.

The stronger the wind, the harder it is for our bodies to keep the body warm and therefore the risks of frostbite and hypthermia increase. The National Weather Service provide us with this wind chill chart:

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The Electronic Library of Construction Occupational Safety and Health has come up with the following threshold limit values work/warm-up schedule for a four-hour shift:

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Learn how to recognize the onset of hypothermia and frostbite and what to do to protect yourself on the Electronic Library of Construction Occupational Safety and Health website.



Nail Salon Visit can Turn Into a Nightmare

You go to the nail salon to relax, get your nails done and to look good but you could end up getting none of those if the nail salon you’re going to isn’t following proper hygiene regulations. A report by Fox23.com found that more and more women are ending up with serious infections because tools weren’t properly sterilized and other hygiene safeguards weren’t adhered to:

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Safety Glass on Shower Doors not really Safe

The glass in your shower is “safety glass” which means that it’s designed to shatter into little pieces. The problem is that those little pieces don’t separate fast enough or stay stuck together causing large shards of glass that can seriously injure whoever is in the vicinity.

Injuries from shattered shower doors may sound like an anomaly but the Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that they are 300 injuries a year treated in hospitals that are caused by this little reported issue.

To find out how this happens and what you can do to protect yourself in your home, check out the CBS news report:

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Fainting at the sight of blood constitutes a recordable case

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According to OSHA, if one of your employees faints at the sight of blood, it’s a recordable incident. Here’s what they say on their website about the issue:

Scenario: An employee scratched his index finger on a vinyl saw clamp at work. He immediately began walking to the onsite first aid station to obtain a Band-Aid. On the way, the injured employee met a co-worker who told him that he had a Band-Aid in his pocket. As the co-worker began to apply the Band-Aid, the injured employee looked at his finger where there was a small amount of blood on the skin adjacent to the nail bed. The worker immediately became light headed and fainted. The injured worker did not incur any additional injury or treatment. When he regained consciousness, the employee indicated that he fainted because he cannot tolerate seeing blood.

Question: Is this a recordable case on the OSHA Log of Work-related Injuries and Illnesses?

Response: Section 1904.5(a) states, “[the employer] must consider an injury or illness to be work-related if an event or exposure in the work environment either caused or contributed to the resulting condition. Work-relatedness is presumed for injuries and illnesses resulting from events or exposures occurring in the work environment, unless an exception in Section 1904.5(b)(2) specifically applies.” Under this language, a case is presumed work-related if an event or exposure in the work environment is a discernible cause of the injury or illness or of a significant aggravation to a pre-existing condition. The work event or exposure need only be one of the discernable causes; it need not be the sole or predominant cause.

In order to be a recordable event, a loss of consciousness must be the result of a work-related event or exposure. Loss of consciousness is no different, in this respect, from any other injury or illness. The exception to the presumption of work-relatedness in section 1904.5(b)(2)(ii) allows an employer to exclude cases that involve signs or symptoms that surface at work but result solely from a non-work-related event or exposure that occurs outside the work environment. This exception allows employers to exclude cases where a loss of consciousness is due solely to a personal health condition, such as epilepsy, diabetes, or narcolepsy. See, the January 19, 2001, preamble to the final rule revising OSHA’s recordkeeping regulation at 66 FR 5994.

Read all the details on the OSHA response page.



What in your fridge is Safe and What isn’t After a Power Outage

I live in the NW and we just had a powerful storm come through the area. Our house lost power yesterday (11/17/2015) around 11:30 AM. It came back on briefly from 1:30 to 1:45 AM. As I write this we still don’t have power.

The question is, then, what in my fridge do I need to throw out to avoid food poisoning? Fortunately the foodsafety.gov website has a list. If you’re like me and need to determine what’s safe and what isn’t, check out http://www.foodsafety.gov/keep/charts/refridg_food.html

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PS: Power came back on around 4 PM!


Understanding the ANSI Z359 Fall Protection Code

Are you confused about the updates to the fall protection standard? Wondering what the ANSI Z359 code is all about?

Miller Fall Protection is here to help. They’ve provided a great downloadable 19 page document that’ll help you navigate this standard.

They break the standard down into it’s subsections and guide you through them individually using illustrations where needed.

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Click on the image below to download the “Understanding the ANSI Z359 Fall Protection¬† Code” pdf

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Don’t Be in the Dark About Child Care

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When Kristen Shumbera dropped her 5 month old son Lincoln off at daycare that morning she had no idea that when she picked him up later that day he would have a fractured skull and an epidural hematoma. An employee of the daycare was arrested for allegedly not reporting that she accidentally dropped him on his head while he was under her care. The injury has left Lincoln with some speech and emotional issues but doctors hope that he will make a full recovery. Other children haven’t been so fortunate.

Accidents and fatalities in daycare facilities are, sadly, not uncommon. It’s a parents worse nightmare and one that you shouldn’t have to face.

Find out what you need to know and what you need to ask of the child care center where you are considering leaving your child in order to maximize their safety at “Don’t be in the dark about child care!” a web page hosted by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.