Aug
21
2014

Pressure at Work

If you have a job, you’ve probably experienced pressure at one time or another. On-the-job pressure can be challenging. Pressure to succeed. Pressure to achieve. Pressure to impress.  Those pressures are tough enough but aren’t the only ones we have to worry about. Stress and work related issues may actually lead to another type of pressure – high blood pressure (HBP). Increased workloads in recent years have led to a rise in HBP. OSHATOES® thinks this is worth an extra look.

Blood pressure is the force of blood against the walls of arteries. Blood pressure is usually measured with a blood pressure cuff and stethoscope and is reported as the systolic pressure over the diastolic pressure. “Systolic” refers to the highest pressure the heart exerts against the arteries in each heart beat, and “diastolic” refers to the lowest pressure as the heart relaxes between beats. – CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

HBP is the leading cause of strokes and a major factor in heart attacks. HBP can cause heart attack, stroke, chest pain, heart damage, kidney damage, artery disease, vision loss, memory loss, erectile dysfunction, and fluid in the lungs. Risk factors include a family history, poor diet and/or one that is high in salt, lack of exercise, aging, overweight, alcohol, stress, sleep apnea and smoking (including second hand smoke exposure).

A normal blood pressure is 120/80. High blood pressure is 140/90 or above. If you fall somewhere in between, you are considered to have prehypertension.

To avoid or lower HBP try to eat a healthy, balanced diet and limit daily salt intake, exercise regularly, avoid alcohol and smoking, reduce stress and take medications as prescribed. The CDC has made the following recommendations regarding workplace health promotions.

Worksite blood pressure screening, health education, and lifestyle counseling can identify employees with high blood pressure and help them control it
  • Periodic blood pressure screening and health risk assessment programs at the worksite through occupational health clinics, health fairs, and other activities can provide blood pressure information to employees. Employees who have elevated values should get therapeutic lifestyle counseling and be referred to clinical care for follow-up. Health care professionals or human resources staff can provide information about the benefits and availability of screening to encourage and motivate employees to be screened
  • One-on-one education and lifestyle counseling with clinical referral and follow-up should be provided for employees who were determined to have high blood pressure or pre-hypertension. A lifestyle management program is an ongoing series of services designed to teach and counsel participants on how to make healthy choices, such as exercise, diet, and tobacco cessation
  • Lifestyle counseling, either provided at the worksite or covered through employee health insurance plans, can be provided by health care or allied health professionals (i.e., health educators) or by lay health advisors or volunteers, This type of counseling provides employees with information by telephone or face-to-face in an office or clinic settings or at a workplace
  • Screening and lifestyle counseling can be supplemented by brochures, informational letters, videos, newsletters, health fairs, or reminders. The interventions can be tailored to address risks of developing high blood pressure, questions, or barriers relevant to the individual or to a group
  • Seminars, educational workshops, or classes (including online, telephone conference or self study guide) on preventing and controlling high blood pressure can be provided
  • Blood pressure monitoring devices available for employees to do their own self assessments can also be provided at the worksite with information or training on how to use them

OSHATOES® wants you to know about High Blood Pressure. Don’t ignore stress in the workplace or at home. If your BP is elevated see a doctor.

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Sources include www.cdc.gov

Aug
18
2014

Working with Arthritis

Arthritis is a term that encompasses more than 100 diseases, with Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis being the most common. The word Arthritis mean joint inflammation. Inflammation is the body’s way of reacting to disease or injury. Swelling, redness, stiffness, and pain are all associated with inflammation; and long-term inflammation such as arthritis may lead to tissue damage.

Osteoarthritis is a condition where the cartilage and bone in a particular joint begins to erode or degenerate.  As a result, Osteoarthritis is sometimes referred to as Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD). As the inflammation increases or recurs, a bony overgrowth may begin. Pain is caused by the bone-on-bone movement of the joint. Osteoarthritis can occur in any joint but is most often found in the hands, hips, knees and spine.

Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disease which means the body’s own immune system mistakenly begins attacking healthy tissue. These misguided immune cells create inflammation and irritation in the joint. As with Osteoarthritis, RA can attack any joint but most commonly affects the hands, wrists and knees.

Treatment Options:

  • Natural Treatments include Acupuncture, Dietary Supplements, Hot and Cold Therapy, as well as Mind/Body Therapies including Visualization.
  • Pain Relievers – Prescription and Over-the-counter.
  • Surgery to remove “floating” cartilage, smooth rough surfaces, and remove excessively swollen tissue.
  • Weight Loss and Exercise are helpful in reducing pain and swelling. Exercising at least 3 times per week will loosen stiff joints. Eating a healthy diet and avoiding alcohol are encouraged to help with weight loss.

Working with Arthritis can be difficult. OSHATOES® has compiled the following tips to help ease your pain and make you more comfortable.

  • Use accessories – Orthopedic chairs, pillows and a keyboard rest lessen strain on your joints. Also consider moving your keyboard closer to you.
  • Sit up straight – Mom was right on this one. Sitting up straight aligns the spine decreasing strain.
  • Desk exercises – Stretch legs, arms and back often. Take a mini stroll around the office a few times daily.
  • Hydrate – Drink plenty of water to fight against inflammation.
  • Educate Management – Don’t be afraid to share your struggle with your employer. Helping them understand your diagnosis enables them to better accommodate you.

OSHATOES® knows Safety. If you’ve been diagnosed with Arthritis, learn as much as possible on how to prevent flare-ups. You’re going to have good days and bad days, so become as knowledgeable as possible to increase your good days!

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Aug
14
2014

Summer Tips for Seniors

Summer temps are peaking in the U.S. The elderly are far more susceptible to the effects of heat and can quickly become dehydrated. Care should be taken. If you have an elderly family member, neighbor, friend or are yourself a senior citizen, read on:

Outdoor Senior Tips -

  • Hydrate to avoid overheating. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are very serious and may come on suddenly in the elderly. Drink plenty of water before heading outdoors.
  • While outside, drink cool beverages. Water is best. Avoid alcoholic drinks. If you must drink something other than water, choose caffeine-free options.
  • Dress in loose, light-weight clothing. Choose light colors over dark. Wear a wide-brimmed hat.
  • Don’t exert yourself with outdoor chores during the heat of the day.
  • Get plenty of REST.

Indoor Senior Tips -

  • Stay inside and use the air-conditioning.
  • If you don’t have A/C, go somewhere that does. Your local Senior Center is a great place to stay cool, be active and socialize. Grocery and department stores are a good alternative. Many people enjoy spending time at the Mall. They can window shop while walking or sit for a bit in the Food Court.

If you are without A/C and unable to leave your home :

  • Position yourself in front of a fan.
  • Soak your feet in cool water.
  • Dampen a shirt or scarf to wear.
  • Take a cool bath or shower.
  • Wet a scarf and/or socks, place in freezer to wear later.

Know the Signs of Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke

  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Heavy sweating
  • Shallow breathing
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Muscle cramps
  • Quick pulse
  • Fainting
  • Cool, moist skin
  • Loss of color, paleness

If you are experiencing any of these it could indicate a medical emergency. Dial 911 immediately.

If you know someone who is elderly, check on them often. Make sure they’re taking care of themselves and have the tools they need to stay cool.

Fresh air and vitamin D are essential to life. Everyone should get out and enjoy. Go ahead, get outdoors and soak up the sun but be safe.

OSHATOES® knows Safety.

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Aug
11
2014

Protective Footwear

 

“When your feet hurt, you hurt all over.”

Think about that saying. Let it sink in. An old adage, yes, and a very truthful one. When your feet hurt it can affect everything you do. The simplest tasks become almost unbearable. If you have a job that requires you to be on your feet, you understand the need for comfortable footwear. Foot injuries, diseases, positional issues, flooring and footwear are all potential culprits in foot pain. Add to that the need for protective footwear and you may be a victim of foot pain. Many steel toe shoes are uncomfortable and unforgiving. They tend to be extremely bulky and heavy. They are, by their very nature, not flexible. Aching feet are a common complaint and one that is unnecessary. This achiness can radiate up the legs causing pain, not only in the feet, but also in the ankles, shins, knees and back.

Thanks to OSHATOES® you can be compliant and comfortable. OSHATOES® Steel Toe Alternative Overshoes are light-weight and comfortable. OSHATOES® range from 1.2lbs. for our smallest size to 2lbs. for XXL. They are so light-weight you might forget you’re wearing them. (Consider that steel toe boots can weigh upwards of 5lbs. for an average size foot, it is easy to see why some people are literally dragging their feet by the end of the day!)

An added bonus of OSHATOES® is they are worn over your existing shoes so there are no sanitary issues for the wearer, making them ideal for factory visitors and temporary workers. These overshoes provide the same level of safety as do traditional steel toe boots, but also provide the relief so direly needed by those who are  afflicted with diabetes, hammer toe, plantar fasciitis or other debilitating foot problems.

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EACH OSHATOE MEETS OR EXCEEDS THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS
ASTM F 2413-05
ANSI Z41PT91 for Class 75 | ASTM F 2412- 05 – Class 75 | CE

You no longer need to sacrifice comfort for safety.

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Aug
7
2014

Lightning 101

 

August is here and so are the late afternoon storm clouds. Summer storms can wreak havoc and can be deadly. OSHATOES® wants you to know the basics of Lightning.

Lightning 101

  • If you can hear thunder, you are at risk of being struck by lightning.
  • Nowhere outdoors is safe. Seek shelter immediately.
  • Remain in a safe place for at least 30 minutes after you hear thunder or see a lightning strike.
  • Lightning is responsible for 50+ deaths annually.
  • Most of those deaths happen to individuals caught outside during a storm. Most occur in late afternoon or early evening.
  • Lightning is unpredictable.
  • Lightning doesn’t always accompany rain.
  • Lightning victims do not carry an electrical charge and may be treated immediately following a strike.
  • Warm, humid conditions are most favorable for severe storms but they can occur anytime.
  • Do not use corded phones during a thunderstorm.
  • Do not use any corded appliances, computers or electrical equipment.
  • Unplug corded equipment when possible.
  • Stay away from windows.
  • Porches are not a safe place to wait out a storm. Go indoors.
  • Do not use the plumbing. Do not use showers, tubs or faucets.
  • Do not seek shelter under a tree.
  • Do not lie flat on the ground.
  • Move away from bodies of water (ponds, lakes, rivers, streams,…).
  • Stay clear of power lines, electrical fences, and other electrical conduits.
  • Stay off of elevated areas (mountains, hills,…),
  • Rubber-soled shoes offer no protection. By the way, neither do rubber tires!
  • If you are unable to go indoors, seek shelter in a vehicle. The steel frame will offer you protection as long as you aren’t touching metal. FYI, convertibles will not protect you. Hard tops only.

Always be prepared for changing weather especially in the summer months when storms may be more prevalent.

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Aug
4
2014

Ebola vs. Dirty Desks (Which is More Likely to Make YOU Sick?)

American, Dr. Kent Brantly arrived in Atlanta on Saturday. If you don’t know his name, you most likely know his situation. He has contracted the Ebola virus, along with another American, while caring for Ebola patients in West Africa. So the Ebola virus has come to the U.S. Should we all panic? Hide under a rock? Wear a mask? Move?

Actually, No. There’s no need for anything remotely like that. While we admit that the Ebola virus is most definitely a deadly one. We also know the odds of your coming in contact with it are slim.

In fact, you stand a better chance of becoming ill from your office desk than the Ebola virus.

The office desk is a disgusting, unsanitary hotbed for germs! Many of us are spending more and more time at the office. The majority of us are planted at our desk. We work there, take phone calls, type, sneeze, cough; we even eat at our desks.

Dirty Desk Facts

  • The average desk has 400 times more bacteria on it than a toilet seat.
  • That office phone you put against your face has about 25,000 germs per square inch.
  • The keyboard is nasty. It has close to 75% more bacteria than a toilet.
  • Plus that nasty keyboard is hiding dead skin cells, saliva, eyelashes, finger nails, traces of urine and food residue. YUCK
  • Men are grosser than women. Statistically they have 20% more germs than their female counterparts.
  • Bacterial levels peak after lunch.
  • That computer mouse is icky as well, harboring over 1,500 microbes of bacteria per square inch.
  • The area where you rest your hands the most contains an estimated 10,000 bacteria.
  • Flu and Cold viruses can survive up to 3 days on computers, keyboards, phones and desks.

At this point you may be remembering all the times you laid your sandwich on the desk to take a call or how many drinks you’ve spilled into the keyboard which is now a bacterial breeding ground.

Before you hang it up, quit your job and hide out in a sterile room the rest of your life, you might want to continue reading.

~ Stay home if you’re sick and ask co-workers to do the same.

~ Wash hands often throughout the day.

~ Don’t use anyone else’s phone and do not let them use yours. If you do have a shared phone, spray it often with disinfectant.

~ No matter how busy you are, do NOT eat at your desk.

~ The bottom of a woman’s purse carries thousands of bacteria! Be careful where you place it. Never set it on your desk.

Above all else, clean your desk daily. Spray it with disinfectant. Spray everything. The phone, keyboard, desk, mouse, etc. Use sanitizing wipes as well.

 

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