At this point most of the world has heard of Germanwings Flight 9525 and it’s tragic ending at the hands of a co-pilot who, we now know, was suffering from depression. Almost all of us have either flown ourselves or have family and friends that fly frequently. One thing that crosses almost everyone’s mind are plane crashes, whether due to flight/mechanical issues or even terrorism but to think that the co-pilot of a plane would be capable of deliberately crashing it? Well that’s almost too hard to comprehend. The investigation is ongoing and we can only hope to learn from such a tragedy which brings to mind the issue of depression. There are many incidences the world over, of employees going “rogue” or “losing it” and attacking their employers and co-workers. For many of those, the root issue was found to be mental illness and/or depression. Take for example, Geddy Kramer, the 19-year-old who attacked a FedEx package and delivery facility in Kennesaw, Ga. in the Spring of 2014. It was discovered that he also suffered with depression, mental illness and drugs. These types of instances are rare and very extreme. Depression is a fact of life for thousands of people. Not everyone who is depressed is a threat to themselves or others. Those that do pose a threat are extreme cases that may include a manic episode or mental illness.

Life is tough and depression sometimes creeps in making it even tougher. Some common triggers that could lead to depression are :

  • Alcohol and Drug Abuse 
  • Separation or Divorce
  • Family Issues
  • Death or Loss
  • Physical, Emotional or Sexual Abuse
  • Genetics
  • Conflicts
  • Major Life Events
  • Serious Illness
  • Financial Troubles
  • Medications



Depression is not something to be feared. Rather, it is something to be understood. If you don’t suffer from depression yourself, chances are you know someone who does…even if you don’t know they are. Depression can be lonely and isolating. Many people don’t share their depression with others for fear of being misunderstood or judged.

If you find yourself diagnosed with depression, don’t despair further! Treatments are available and you can feel better. Check with your physician to find a treatment plan best suited for you!

In our next post we’ll share tips for dealing with depression at work. We hope you’ll check us out at

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5 Common Regrets Senior Citizens



What is your goal in life?

To live a long life?

To die with the most “toys”?

Happiness or contentment?

For so many people, they’re chugging away day after day, going through the daily motions without any serious thought of their “end” goal. How about you?

We’re well into 2015. April will be here next week. Did you make any New Year’s Resolutions? How are those working out for you?

Did you join a gym or weight loss program and quit before the trial period ended? Did you register to go back to school only to withdraw when the going got tough? Did you ask your boss for a raise or chicken out entirely? Have you asked out that certain someone you’ve had your eye on or are you still pining away for him/her? How about your marriage, relationship with your kids? Are those working out as you hoped?

Did you decide to make 2015 the year of YOU only to be stuck in the same rut?

Have no fear for you are surely not alone in your struggle. But instead of beating yourself up, OSHATOES® wants to give you hope. We asked a group of senior citizens about their regrets. We thought their answers would lean more toward building a nest egg, retirement plans and medical issues, trust us, those made the list but weren’t in the Top 5.

  1. Working too much at my family’s expense - It seems so important at the time but when you’re at the end of this life, you don’t want to look back on the things you missed out on, especially your children growing up or not being “present” in your marriage or other relationships.
  2.  Living for others instead of myself - Unfulfilled dreams are a bitter pill to swallow. Following the dreams of your parents instead of pursuing what makes you happy is a top regret among some elderly. David F. of Georgia shared that he wanted to enlist in the service right out of high school. He dreamed of being a helicopter pilot but his parents insisted he attend the University of Georgia…which he did…and became a civil engineer. Now in his mid-seventies, David looks back with regret. All these years later he regrets not following his own dreams.
  3. Holding grudges & forgiveness - This is a big one as almost everyone harbors some resentment towards another. Who hasn’t felt betrayed or let down by a family member or close friend? Most of us have been through this at some point. It can be hard to let go and forgive but according to those questioned, they all gave the same answer, ‘Let go of grudges and forgive’. Holding onto the past will get you nowhere. Forgiving others frees yourself to live a fuller, happier life!
  4. Happiness - You may not realize it now but happiness is a choice. Even in the worst of circumstances, we can usually find something to be grateful for and that, in turn, leads to happiness down the road. Of course you’ll have good days and bad days, but of those interviewed, a common theme was choosing to be happy daily.
  5. Worrying less - Everyone worries. We stress over small things and big things alike. Worry is a fact of life or is it? Those questioned emphasized that if they could do it over again, they would not have wasted so much time worrying. Whether it was an illness or the loss of a job, our respondents felt that what will be, will be and no amount of worrying will change it. Mary D. of Texas told us of a 6 month stretch where she was overcome with worry over the possibility of being transferred or laid off. She worried herself “sick” about it and in the end everything worked out for the best. Today she is 92 years old and wishes she could have those 6 months back.


The bottom line is this : Be kind to others and also to yourself. In the future it won’t matter if your home was spotless; it will matter that your children were happy and healthy. It won’t matter how big your house was; it will matter that you had great relationships with your spouse, partner, family and friends.

Remember : He who dies with the most toys, still dies.

Be Smart. Be Safe. Think OSHATOES®.

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Workplace Wars


March may come in like a lion but in some companies that’s how it leaves as well. We’re talking about Workplace Wars or more precisely, Girl Scout Cookie Wars in the Workplace. As March is winding down, Girl Scouts are busily delivering those orders placed weeks, even months, ago. They have extra boxes. Actually MANY extra boxes. And this is the time of month for the hard sell. But let’s go back a few weeks…

Your alarm clock awakens you to face the workday head on. You cycle through your morning routine anticipating a normal day, more or less. Perhaps the traffic en route to work wasn’t “all bad” and you felt the day was off to a great start. Arriving at work you begin the order of completing whatever tasks face you. Then it happens:

You’re approached by a colleague whose daughter, granddaughter, niece,  and/or second cousin once removed on their mother’s side, is selling Girl Scout cookies and don’t you want some? You are intrigued. Girl Scout cookies are delicious, you work hard and you’ve earned at least a couple of those wonderful little boxes of Heavenly goodness. And then you do it, you place an order. Not too many. Just enough. You feel great. You’re supporting the Girl Scouts and that’s about as All-American as you can get. You’ll soon enjoy those tasty treats and move on with your life.

But that’s not the end of it. No. Not at all.

Before lunch you’re hit up by another co-worker. Then another. And another. It feels never ending and it isn’t because it doesn’t stop at work. You’re hit up outside the grocery store, the gas station, your own neighborhood. What do you do? Plus these aren’t parents asking, these are those precious little girls in uniform, with their pleading eyes and eager smiles. Please, please buy some Girl Scout cookies.

However, we’re focusing on workplace wars. You’ve already placed an order with Bob. His daughter has been a G.S. for 8 years and you simply had to reward that type of dedication in someone so young. Unfortunately, Mary knows you’ve ordered from Bob. It doesn’t matter to her. She has her sights set on you, more specifically, your wallet. Mary’s daughter is just starting out as a G.S. It’s not fair that you purchased from a seasoned pro such as Bob. Mary’s poor little girl will be a laughingstock if you don’t place an order. So you do.

At this point you wonder if you have the work SUCKER tattooed on your forehead. And it goes on for weeks and weeks.

Here’s the worst part – It isn’t only Girl Scout cookies. It’s Otis Spunkmeyer cookies that the band is selling, it’s magazine sales, t-shirts, original artwork, even gift wrap. It is all for a good cause. How can you say No?

If you figure it out, be sure to share it with the rest of us!

In the meantime, I have 352 boxes of Girl Scout cookies calling my name and I’m determined to get through them by Christmas!


Be Smart. Be Safe. Think OSHATOES®.

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Spring Safety Reminders



We made it.

Spring is here and not a moment too soon. After a brutal Winter complete with an epic amount of snowfall, we can all breathe a sigh of relief. Say it with us, 3…2…1… Ahhhhh.

Doesn’t that feel good. We’re literally exhaling winter and breathing in Spring. What else does Spring mean? Yep, it’s our annual post of Spring Safety Reminders. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports tens of thousands of annual emergency room visits are due to yard work injuries. A majority of those involved finger & toe lacerations including amputations. Let’s get started!

Spring Safety Reminders

Dress appropriately for the activity. Long pants and sleeves. Hat. No loose or dangling jewelry. Sunscreen. Insect repellent.

Stretch your muscles before beginning. Laugh if you will but yard work is exactly that – work!

Plan and prepare for projects. Clear areas of debris, Purchase all required tools so you’re ready to rock and roll!

Gather the right tools for your project – Don’t use hedge trimmers when a weed eater is needed.

Make sure that all equipment is working properly. Repair or replace any damaged equipment. Don’t forget to check the cords too!

Take plenty of breaks.

Drink lots of water.

Wear proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)


Eye Protection - Always protect your eyes from debris when working outdoors. Safety goggles are an easy and affordable way to save your sight.

anti fog glasses

Ear Protection –  Most outdoor tools exceed 100dB (decibels) and have the potential to cause serious hearing loss or permanent damage. Protect yourself with ear plugs.

ear plugs



Foot Protection – Sneakers may be comfy but they don’t offer you any real protection against a mower blade, trimmer or hoe. Protect yourself and stay comfy with OSHATOES®.



Hand Protection – Reduce your risk of injury by wearing gardening or work gloves.





Embrace Spring with OSHATOES® and stay safe all season long!

Be Smart. Be Safe. Think OSHATOES®.

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Workplace Support Groups


Long ago was the time when one parent, usually the mother, stayed home to raise the kids while the other parent worked a full time job. But times they are a changing. In many households both parents are in the workforce. Working parents are busier than ever before. It seems that our plates are full from the moment we open our tired eyes until we close them, due to total exhaustion, at the end of the day. Today’s working parents are under the gun to give 100% in the home and 110% on the job. Do the math folks, it doesn’t add up. Rather than “putting the hammer down” on overwhelmed employees, today’s workplace should be embracing them. And it’s not just working parents that need a little extra support. Baby Boomers and Generation X’ers are pulling triple duty between work, raising children and caring for their now elderly parents. It’s a season of life that I myself have entered. Luckily, OSHATOES® is family owned and operated, so I have great bosses who build-up and encourage their employees! Others aren’t so lucky.

Employers, now is the time to be proactive. Support groups are a terrific place to share resources, education and training. This is a top notch way to help balance careers and personal lives.

Workplace Support Group Tips 

  1. Determine employee needs. What type of groups will be most beneficial? Elder care, parenting group, special needs parents, divorce care, health issues, ….
  2. Choose who will lead the group. Pick someone who is well educated on the topic and can draw from their own personal experiences. You may want to hire a professional counselor or therapist to lead the group.
  3. When/Where will group be held? Is it possible to hold group during lunch? Perhaps the office could order in for the group. If this will be after hours, it may be more difficult for people to attend due to the very issues that brought them to the group to begin with! Consider before work or even weekend options. Send out a survey. Majority rules.
  4.  With all of that in place, you must now focus on the purpose for the group. It’s a good idea to involve the members at this point or at least, get feedback from them. What do they hope to gain from group? 
  5. Confidentiality!!!! All members should sign a confidentiality agreement. We all know that “What happens in Vegas” doesn’t stay in Vegas but what happens in group, definitely should stay there!!

Keep in mind that meetings do not have to held weekly to be effective. You may find meeting monthly is a good place to start. Leaders should give their contact info to members in case of a urgent situation that cannot wait until the next meeting.





OSHATOES® knows Safety. We also know that happy employees are more focused and productive than those who are stressed and pulled in a dozen different directions.

We hope you’ll consider starting a workplace support group to enable employees to balance their hectic lives.

Be Smart. Be Safe. Think OSHATOES®.

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Hardworking Hands


Think of everything you do with your hands. If one, or both, were injured, how much harder would it be to put on your socks and shoes every day. It could certainly make working, dressing, typing, writing (if dominant hand is injured), and cleaning more challenging. We use our hands for many things, as such they are extremely valuable to us. Carrying, grasping, twisting, pinching, cutting, manipulating. The hands play a big part in our daily lives. Bottom Line: Our hands make it easier to do things.

Now think about this: are you taking good care of your hands? Answer honestly. Yes, you (hopefully) wash your hands and perhaps you even remember to smooth on lotion a few times a week but are do you make hand care a priority?

The human hand is an intricate network of bones, tendons, ligaments, muscles, joint capsule and nerves. Our hands run a gauntlet of potential hazards every single day. The skin acts as a barrier against heat, cold and chemicals. The skin on the back of the hand is thinner and more elastic while the skin on the palm is thicker providing a buffer. It insulates, cushions, and gives traction. The hand is “hard core” but also vulnerable. Some common hand problems are :

  • Muscle Tightness 
  • Muscle Spasm
  • Muscle Sprain or Tear
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
  • Trigger Finger
  • Lacerations
  • Arthritis
  • Tendinitis
  • Fractures
  • Dislocation
  • Raynaud’s Syndrome
  • + Many More…

Did you know :

1/3 of all acute injuries seen in emergency rooms involve the upper extremeties?

Children under age 6 are most at risk for crushed or burned hand injuries?

2/3 of upper extremity injuries happen to those in the workforce?

1 in 6 disabling work injuries involved the fingers?

Upper extremity injuries are responsible for 1/4 of all disabling work injuries?

Injuries involving the hand and wrist account for 25% of reported athletic injuries?

As with any potential injury, prevention is key. Put hand safety in every thing you do.

  1. Wash thoroughly with soap and water several times daily. Dry completely.
  2. Use lotion daily to care for and heal any cracked skin.
  3. Treat cuts quickly and continue until fully healed.
  4. Seek medical treatment immediately in the event of an injury.
  5. Use caution around machinery.
  6. Wear proper protection. Work gloves, gardening gloves, latex gloves, winter gloves, … Choose the right gloves for the job to protect yourself from cuts, blisters, burns, cold, dirt, chemicals, fluids, … The proper gloves can give you extra grip, warmth, and many layers of protection.
  7. Use the right tools for the job. Don’t just grab any hammer, pick one that fits your hand. This goes for all tools. A small handed person can’t be expected to use the same size tools as someone with much larger hands. The world is not one size fits all!
  8. Use common sense. Think about what you are doing and how you can protect yourself!

OSHATOES® knows safety. We have an entire inventory designed to bring comfort and safety together. Check us out at

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