Jul
21
2014

Ergonomic Injuries

Ergonomics.

The International Ergonomics Association (IEA) defines it as the scientific discipline concerned with the understanding of interactions among humans and other elements of a system, and the profession that applies theory, principles, data and methods to design in order to optimize human well-being and overall system performance.

You may better understand it as this:

Ergonomics – The science of being comfy.

Now that we have that basic understanding, let’s look at…

Ergonomic Injuries.

These injuries are caused by ergonomic risk factors such as Improper Posture, Contact Pressure, Excessive Strain, Exposure to Sustained Vibrations and Exposure to Heat and Cold.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Pain (back, neck, shoulder, wrist, arm, …)
  • Headache
  • Eyestrain
  • Numbness
  • Tingling or Burning Sensation
  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Loss in Strength
  • Loss of Mobility or Range of Motion

Risk Factors

  • Repetitive Motion
  • Sustained duration
  • Unnatural Positioning
  • Excessive Force on Body
  • Stressful Posturing or Positioning
  • Individual Risk Factors (Medical Conditions, Pre-existing Conditions, Weight,…)

You can decrease your chances of an Ergonomic Injury by following these tips:

  • Know the signs of an Ergonomic Injury
  • Report injuries to your supervisor immediately.
  • Seek medical help as soon as possible to begin treatment.
  • Use the proper tools while on and off the job.
  • Ask your employer for workplace guidelines regarding ergonomics.

Life is full of hazards. Being in tune with your body can go a long way to keeping you safe. If you are suffering any strain or discomfort while performing any task, STOP.

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Jul
17
2014

Secondary and Dry Drowning

 

 

Drowning.

We typically think of the Hollywood version, lots of yelling and splashing about.  However, in last week’s post we discovered the Silent Signs of Drowning. Today we’ll look at two lesser known types of drowning :

Dry Drowning occurs when a small amount of water is inhaled into the lungs causing the muscles to spasm, creating a vacuum effect making it difficult to take in oxygen.

Secondary Drowning often occurs after a near-drowning. When fluid enters the lungs it can build up causing pulmonary edema.

The biggest thing to know is that the victim may seem completely fine for several hours after a dry or secondary drowning occur. They may be talking, playing, continuing to swim,…

Signs of Secondary or Dry Drowning :

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chest pain
  • Cough
  • Distended stomach
  • Crankiness
  • Change in behavior
  • Fatigue

If someone is experiencing any of these signs after being in or around water, go to the ER. Time is of the essence and it is always better to err on the side of caution. These types of drowning may be hard to spot.  Many people feel tired after swimming. Children can be extremely cranky after a day on the beach or at the pool. There are numerous reported cases of parents putting their kids to bed and waking up to tragedy.  Drowning survivors need to be treated in the hospital with oxygen and ventilation to open and clear the airways.

Prevention is Key.

Know how to swim beforehand. Learn how to hold your breath properly. Anyone around water should know how to float or tread water, keeping their head above water.  The experts at WebMD recommend knowing CPR, teaching young children to be water-safe or to swim, and putting a fence completely around a swimming pool to prevent young children from falling in accidentally. www.webmd.com

Swimming is great fun and a terrific way to exercise. Be Smart about water safety. Learn more at http://blog.oshatoes.com/index.php/2013/05/national-water-safety-month/.

OSHATOES® wants you to stay safe this swimming season.

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Jul
14
2014

Hard Hat Requirements

blue_hard_hat      Having a hard head is almost a necessity in today’s workplace. BUT even the hardest head can be injured. OSHATOES® wants you to be safe and O.S.H.A. compliant. Work-related head injuries may be preventable.

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a serious public health problem in the United States. Each year, traumatic brain injuries contribute to a substantial number of deaths and cases of permanent disability. In 2010 2.5 million TBIs occurred either as an isolated injury or along with other injuries. A TBI is caused by a  bump, blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the  normal function of the brain. Not all blows or jolts to the head result in a  TBI. The severity of a TBI may range from “mild,” i.e., a brief change in  mental status or consciousness to “severe,” i.e., an extended period of  unconsciousness or amnesia after the injury. – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Hard hats MUST be worn to be effective. They simply won’t work if you don’t put them on!

OSHA regulation 1926.100(a) – Employees working in areas where there is a possible danger of head injury from impact, or from falling or flying objects, or from electrical shock and burns, shall be protected by protective helmets.

OSHATOES® is happy to provide top quality hard hats designed to keep you safe and compliant.

The MSA Standard V-Gard Slotted hard hats consists of a polyethylene shell and suspension working together as a protection system. Hardhats have a five-year life span from the day it’s put into service. Visually inspect your equipment every day for signs of wear. If it takes a hit, it should be replaced. Constant sunlight will accelerate component breakdown, and the suspension should be replaced every 18 months. V-Gard caps are not specifically designed to protect against lateral blows from the side, front or rear.

WARNING: Do not mix suspension and helmet sizes. Use only MSA suspensions on an MSA helmet. Failure to comply with the above will reduce the energy-absorbing ability of the protective helmet, which can result in injury or death.

Features:

  • Comfortable & Lightweight
  • Tough enough for Industrial, Construction or Home projects
  • Available Colors are Blue, Green, White, Yellow and Pink

* Meets or exceeds the applicable requirements for a Type I helmet (top impact) as outlined in ANSI Z89.1-2003, Class E and G.

OSHATOES®  is not affiliated in any way with the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (O.S.H.A.)

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Sources : http://www.cdc.gov/, https://www.osha.gov/

Jul
10
2014

10 Signs of Drowning

           Summer is in full swing. Beaches, pools and water parks are getting crowded. Some even have lifeguards on duty. Now is the not the time for you to let your guard down. OSHATOES® cares about the safety of you and your family which is why we want you to know the signs of drowning.

Contrary to what you see in the movies and on television, drowning is usually silent and quick. If you think victims will signal you by yelling for help, waving their arms and splashing, you think wrong. By the way, drowning can happen to anyone, even to good swimmers.

Alarming statistics by the World Health Organization (WHO) :

  • Drowning is the 3rd leading cause of unintentional injury death worldwide, accounting for 7% of all injury related deaths.
  • There are an estimated 359 000 annual drowning deaths worldwide.
  • Global estimates may significantly underestimate the actual public health problem related to drowning.
  • Children, males and individuals with increased access to water are most at risk of drowning.

The Silent Signs of Drowning

  1. Head low in the water, mouth at water level.
  2. Head tilted back with mouth open.
  3. Eyes glassy and vacant, unable to focus.
  4. Eyes closed.
  5. Hair covering eyes.
  6. Climbing an invisible ladder.
  7. Bobbing up and down like a top. Not using the legs. Arms out to the side, palms down.
  8. Appearing to gasp or hyperventilate.
  9. Attempting to roll over.
  10. Trying to swim but not getting anywhere.

The t.v. and movie images you see of a person grabbing a life preserver are inaccurate. Those people are not “drowning”. They are in what’s known as Aquatic Distress. When someone is drowning they are unable to assist in life saving measures.

Know the signs of Drowning. Always pay attention when around water. Many people mistake signs of drowning as someone playing around. When a victim is drowning they may resemble someone just floating in the water. Due to the motion of the water, they will appear to be moving.

Who wouldn’t love an afternoon poolside with a good book or listening to the waves at the beach, eyes closed, totally relaxed? The reality is : Be vigilant and on guard at all times. Drowning is quick, quiet and devastating.

OSHATOES® knows safety. Please pay attention around water. Don’t let yourself or a loved one become a statistic.

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Sources : www.who.int/, www.webmd.com

 

Jul
7
2014

Proper PPE

 

anti fog glassesPersonal protective equipment, commonly referred to as “PPE”, is equipment worn to minimize exposure to serious workplace injuries and illnesses. These injuries and illnesses may result from contact with chemical, radiological, physical, electrical, mechanical, or other workplace hazards. Personal protective equipment may include items such as gloves, safety glasses and shoes, earplugs or muffs, hard hats, respirators, or coveralls, vests and full body suits. – U.S. Dept. of Labor (OSHA)

OSHA requires the use of Personal Protective Equipment in many workplaces. While some companies reimburse employees for PPE, a majority of employers go ahead and provide them. In order for them to function effectively they need to be used properly.

All personal protective equipment should be of safe design and construction, and should be maintained in a clean and reliable fashion. It should fit well and be comfortable to wear, encouraging worker use. If the personal protective equipment does not fit properly, it can make the difference between being safely covered or dangerously exposed. When engineering, work practice, and administrative controls are not feasible or do not provide sufficient protection, employers must provide personal protective equipment to their workers and ensure its proper use. Employers are also required to train each worker required to use personal protective equipment to know:

  • When it is necessary
  • What kind is necessary
  • How to properly put it on, adjust, wear and take it off
  • The limitations of the equipment
  • Proper care, maintenance, useful life, and  disposal of the equipment

Employees can help their PPE to do its job by properly caring for it, making sure it is in good condition and well fitted. If there are any issues or concerns, notify your employer immediately.

One of the best ways to care for your PPE is by refusing to become lackadaisical about it. Check it out before and after each use. Clean it accordingly. Look for wear and tear, and other signs of damage. A few minutes of your time could go a long way towards your protection.

OSHATOES® is in no way affiliated with Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA).

We do, however, offer top quality products designed with your safety in mind and we encourage vigilance with regard to your PPE care. OSHATOES® have been successfully tested to the highest standards required by toe protection regulations. OSHATOES® conform with EN345 200 Joules and have met the standards that O.S.H.A., the Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the United States Department of Labor has accepted.

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Sources : www.osha.gov

Jul
3
2014

Fireworks Safety

 

Many American families are busily planning their 4th of July celebrations. They’ll plan the menu and location. They’ll invite family and friends. They’ll plan to attend a parade and fireworks show. They may even decide to purchase fireworks and put on a neighborhood show of their own. Is safety a factor? Fireworks can be extremely dangerous so before you light ‘em up, read on.

The National Council on Fireworks, yes it exists, is a non-profit organization that promotes awareness on how to use and enjoy fireworks safely. They have up to date common sense safety tips for you to review. If you’re planning to attend a display or even put on one of your own, you need to be aware of these very important safety tips.

The National Council on Fireworks Safety offers these common sense safety tips for using consumer fireworks in hopes that injuries to consumers can be greatly reduced this season:

  • Always purchase fireworks from a reliable source.
  • Use fireworks as directed on consumer product safety label; never alter products.
  • Observe local laws and use good COMMON SENSE.
  • Have a designated shooter to organize and shoot your family show.
  • A responsible ADULT should supervise all firework activities.
  • Parents should not allow young children to handle or use fireworks.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.   Save your alcohol for after the show.
  • Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; AWAY from buildings and vehicles.
  • NEVER carry fireworks in your POCKET.
  • Wear safety glasses whenever using fireworks.
  • Always have water ready if you are shooting fireworks.
  • Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
  • Never relight a “dud” firework.  Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Soak spent fireworks with water before placing them in an outdoor trash can.
  • Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.

The National Council on Fireworks Safety urges Americans to follow common sense safety rules in their holiday celebrations.

The National Council on Fireworks Safety is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization whose sole mission is to educate the public on the safe and responsible use of consumer fireworks.  For a full list of consumer fireworks safety tips and a safety video, please visit www.FireworksSafety.org.

OSHATOES® knows safety. Exercise common sense when around fireworks. We hope you have a Safe and Happy 4th of July!

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