OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool App

From the CDC website…

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The OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool is a useful resource for planning outdoor work activities based on how hot it feels throughout the day. Featuring real-time heat index and hourly forecasts, specific to your location, as well as occupational safety and health recommendations from OSHA and NIOSH.

The OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool features:

  • A visual indicator of the current heat index and associated risk levels specific to your current geographical location
  • Precautionary recommendations specific to heat index-associated risk levels
  • An interactive, hourly forecast of heat index values, risk level, and recommendations for planning outdoor work activities in advance
  • Editable location, temperature, and humidity controls for calculation of variable conditions
  • Signs and symptoms and first aid information for heat-related illnesses

Find out more and download the app here.




June is National Safety Month

No it isn’t National Safety Inc. safety month, it’s National Safety Month as emphasized by the National Safety Council (NSC).

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Each week this month is going to focus on a different aspect of safety:

  • Week 1: Stand Up to Falls
  • Week 2: Recharge to Be In Charge (Focusing on Fatigue)
  • Week 3: Prepare for Active Shooters
  • Week 4: Don’t Just Sit There (Focusing on Ergonomics)
  • Member-exclusive Bonus Week: Road Safety for Workers

Download resources and more at http://www.nsc.org/act/events/Pages/national-safety-month.aspx





Your Avocado is more dangerous than you think

Avocados have never been more popular. With the ketogenic diet telling us that they are a great source of healthy fat and with other sources telling us they are a great source of all kinds of vitamins and nutrients sales of avocados in the US has grown every year for the past 15 years. Last year alone Americans ate 4.25 billion avocados. That’s a lot of guacamole!

Problem is that injuries to hands have grown just as fast and the lowly avocado is to blame! Apparently emergency room have seen an increase in hand laceration from people cutting up or trying to remove the avocado pit. So much so, in fact, that the California Avocado Growers Association has put out a guide to help you navigate the cutting up of your avocado safely (Hint: don’t stab or try to embed a knife in the pit to remove it!).

Check it out at https://www.californiaavocado.com/blog/may-2015/how-to-cut-an-avocado-without-cutting-your-hand

I guess I should have posted this before cinco de Mayo!