Mar
5
2015

Spring Forward

 

Shhh. If we’re all quiet, it might go away. Maybe we could ignore it? What if we outright refused to observe it?

Like it or not, Daylight Savings Time affects us twice a year and this is the worst one, Spring Forward. That right, this is the big one. The one where we lose 60 precious, beloved minutes of our day. We’ll go to bed Saturday night and when we awaken Sunday morning, we’ll have lost an hour. Lost, as in gone. And it won’t be back until the Fall. In that respect, that one single hour is like true love because it will return to us again.

Daylight Savings Time was first suggested in 1784, but modern DST was not proposed until 1895. In those days a majority of what we did was based on the hours of sunlight.  It wasn’t formally implemented until World War I when the countries at war began setting their clocks back to save money on coal. (http://blog.oshatoes.com/index.php/2013/11/fall-back-alrighty/ )

Daylight Saving Time is used by many countries. Some of those currently using DST include :

* Africa: Canary Islands, Madeira, Egypt, Morocco, and Namibia.
* North America: Most of Canada, most of the United States, Mexico, Cuba, Honduras, and Greenland.
* South America: Brazil, Chile, Falkland Islands, Paraguay, and Uruguay.
* Asia: Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Kyrgyzstan, Iraq, Syria, and Mongolia.
* Europe: All countries except Iceland. This includes Russia.
* Oceania: Australia, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, and New Zealand

At least we aren’t alone in our suffering. We rejoice when we Fall Back yet moan and groan when we must Spring Forward. Some people feel so strongly about ending DST they’ve started a petition to Congress. If you agree with them, sign the petition yourself at http://www.petition2congress.com/6284/end-daylight-savings-time/ .

For the record Arizona, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands do not observe DST. They could be onto something. It may seem like only an hour but it can have lasting effects such as:

  • Sleep Issues – Some people report a simple loss or gain of 60 minutes is enough to throw off their entire sleep cycle for months.
  • Cluster Headaches – Circadian rhythms can be easily affected and DST may be the culprit in some cases.
  • Heart Attacks - In 2008 the New England Journal of Medicine reported that researchers found an increase in heart attacks for several days after DST in the Spring. The lack of sleep associated with DST can release stress hormones increasing inflammation, which may then increase the risk of heart attacks.
  • Springing Forward Leads to Workplace Injures - A 2009 Journal of Applied Psychology study found that mine workers arrived at work with 40 minutes less sleep and experienced 5.7 percent more workplace injuries in the week directly following the springtime daylight saving transition than during any other days of the year. The researchers attribute the injuries to a lack of sleep, which might explain why the same effect did not pop up in the fall when workers gained an hour of sleep.
  • Medications – It has even been argued that with millions upon millions of people on strict medication regimes, the observance of DST could be harmful to them.

Whatever your view of DST, OSHATOES® hopes you’ll put Safety at the forefront of everything you do!

Be Smart. Be Safe. Think OSHATOES®.

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Mar
2
2015

Steel Toe Alternative for the Diabetic Worker

 

Medium (Black) JETS Safety Toes; Men's Size 8-9; Women's 10-11

 

 

It’s been said that Safety Shoes and Diabetes go together as well as Oil and Water. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA)  requires Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) be worn and that often includes steel toe safety shoes. Therein lies the problem.

OSHATOES® believes you should never have to sacrifice safety for comfort! Diabetics have enough to deal with; safety compliance shouldn’t be added to that. Diabetic foot problems can be serious, costly and ongoing. If you have diabetes and are required to wear a steel toe, you probably know a different level of pain than the rest of us. The reason being that typical steel toe footwear is heavy and bulky. It can be unforgiving, wearing or rubbing on the feet and/or toes. Steel toe footwear has been known to increase the possibility of ulcers and other wounds, and definitely does nothing to help speed the healing process in the event of such an injury. As we reported in 2010, the majority of foot or leg diabetic amputations begin with ulcers, with only 2/3 of these ulcers expected to ever heal.  And, the average healing time is six months. This can be devastating to a person afflicted with diabetes who must maintain their job while being required to also have steel toe protection as part of the job’s PPE requirement.

OSHATOES® has achieved our goal of providing  comfortable safety compliant products , and that especially applies to diabetics. Our alternative to the typical steel toe footwear, an over-the-shoe steel toe galosh has become a source of relief for diabetic workers. This product is basically a rubber galosh into which has been cemented a steel or composite toecap.  The steel or composite toe caps are exactly the same as those found in the typical boots, but now can be worn over the individuals own comfortable footwear.   This relieves the stress of the caps rubbing on the individuals foot because it is worn over the shoe, and helps to eliminate or prevent aggravation to the foot caused by the constant rubbing of the toe caps against the toes or foot. (http://blog.oshatoes.com/index.php/2010/02/relief-for-the-ppe-diabetic-foot-in-the-workplace/)

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out this review from a very satisfied diabetic wearer.

 

Rating:      
Created by: L. Petrocci
1/20/2014 | syracuse, NY US
This is a great alternative to the conventional uncomortable steel toe shoe!!!
I am a diabetic and was struggling to find a steel to that met all company requirements as well as was a good suit to the feet issues I deal with. This overlays the comfort of my own sneaker which is a properly fit unit to my foot needs. I feel this product would suit many who deal with diabetic issues including the care of your feet with a lightweight, slip resistant alternative to the bulky uncomfortable fitting steel toes in the marketplace today. I used to constantly deal with callousing and blistering due to the improper fitting of conventional steel toes with these shoes I have been over 1 year with no issues due to my foot wear. Thanks again.
I would recommend this product to a friend!
CONS - None
PROS - This Oshatoes product is comfortable. Very slip resistant. A great alternative to the standard Steel Toe requirements. Cost effective. Shipping was their with in 3 days I was completely satisfied.

 

Nothing makes us a happy as a satisfied customer!

If your workplace requires a steel toe, OSHATOES® is here for you!

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Feb
26
2015

A Most Dedicated Employee

 

 

Have you ever heard the expression “walk a mile in someone else’s shoes”? It is easy to judge others when you haven’t been in their circumstances. We wonder why people make certain decisions. We assume things of others. We misinterpret because we don’t know their truth. When we put ourselves in someone else’s shoes, we can begin to understand them and the choices they’ve made.

This brings us to today’s discussion of most dedicated employee. There are hundreds, thousands, even millions of dedicated employees. You know the ones who show up to work when they’re sick (even though they should keep their cooties home). The ones who come to work early and stay late. The ones who pick up the slack for others. The ones who go above and beyond on a regular basis. Most companies have at least one, if not more, dedicated employees but James Robertson is in a class all his own.

James Robertson of Detroit, is an unassuming, 56-year-old who wouldn’t garner much attention if you saw him walking down the street. You might think he’s walking for recreation or taking a quick jaunt to the store but he isn’t. No, James Robertson has spent the past several years walking to work. He is able to catch a bus but it only takes him partway which means James walks 21 miles round trip 5 days a week. James’ car broke down more than a decade ago, so began his odyssey. He walks in wind, snow, rain, cold and heat. He rarely misses a day of work.

It may be hard to imagine someone being that dedicated to a job that pays less than $11 an hour. James enjoys his job at Schain Mold & Engineering but more than that, he considers his co-workers family. He doesn’t complain about the effort required. In fact he has a “glass is half-full” mentality about his circumstances. He relies on faith and determination to see him through. However, the wear and tear on his body is taking its toll.

Recently, a GoFundMe page was started on his behalf with the hopes of raising enough money for James to buy a reliable car, something that is hard to save for on his hourly wage. The result of that page has been nothing short of incredible. At the present time, the money raised is over $350,000!

There are countless stories of people making tough decisions and sacrifices to put in an honest day’s work. OSHATOES® celebrates them all. We appreciate how hard it can be and wanted to take a moment to recognize one of them. We hope you’ll join us in our admiration for James and all of the hard-working people in the world.

 

Be Smart. Be Safe. Think OSHATOES®.

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To follow James’ GoFundMe page or to make a donation, go to http://www.gofundme.com/l7girc.

 

 

 

Feb
23
2015

Sledding Safety

 

February may be coming to an end but it seems Old Man Winter is not quite ready to hibernate…at least not yet. March is on the horizon and it appears winter is in full force across a good portion of North America, including several Southern states. Like it or hate it, the snow, ice and frigid temps are here. This type of weather causes headaches for many but also brings a lot of fun for those daring to venture out. Sledding is a great way to shake off the winter blues, get exercise and have a bit of fun. However, sledding can be dangerous. Every year thousands of people end up in the emergency room with sledding related injuries. Head injuries top the list.

Which brings us to the topic of today’s post – Sledding Safety

Dress Properly – Yeah, yeah, we’ve told you this before but it is that important. Always dress in layers. Wear a hat and gloves. Remember a face mask or scarf BUT whatever you do, be sure nothing is too loose or dangles, as it could get caught under the sled leading to strangulation. Opt for waterproof boots and clothing. Be sure to change if your clothes get wet. Take several breaks, go inside to warm up and drink plenty of fluids. WEAR A HELMET!!

Make Smart Choices -

  • Pick the right spot for sledding. Most hills look great once snow covered but know the area. It should be obstacle free and not crowded. Many injuries occur as the result of hitting another person or object. Remember that even a small amount of ice or snow can completely cover potential hazards. 
  • Never sled near streets, poles, fences or water (even if frozen).
  • Never sled at dark, only during daylight with good visibility.
  • Don’t choose hills that are too steep.
  • Always choose hills that flatten out at the bottom allowing time for the sled to stop safely.
  • Choose sleds that have steering and braking capabilities.
  • Sled in snow not ice. Snow makes for a softer landing in the event of a fall. Icy conditions may cause more serious injuries.
  • Adults should always sled with a buddy.
  • Children should only sled under adult supervision.
  • Only sled feet-first, facing forward. Never head first as this can contribute to a head injury.
  • Take turns. Sled one at a time and allow people to clear the area before starting a run.
  • Return to the top of the hill via the side. Never walk up into oncoming sledders.

Some communities have banned sledding altogether. A few cities have had to endure multi-million dollar lawsuits due to sledding injuries.

Sledding can be great fun but safety must be at the forefront of everyone’s mind.

OSHATOES® knows safety. We hope you’ll use these tips to sled safely. Let us know of any tips you use to stay safe while enjoying outdoor winter fun!

Be Smart. Be Safe. Think OSHATOES®.

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Feb
19
2015

Cold Stress

 

With temperatures plummeting as they recently have in much of North America, the risk of Cold Stress is very real, especially for the outdoor worker. Cold Stress is not something to take lightly and can affect anyone exposed to freezing weather. People are warm-blooded creatures, meaning our bodies have the ability to maintain a constant temperature that varies between 97° – 102° Fahrenheit regardless of the surrounding temperature. Cold Stress is an extremely serious, potentially fatal condition that occurs when the body cannot maintain a normal temperature. The inability to warm itself may result in dangerous injuries such as frostbite, hypothermia, and trench foot, as well as cold-related illnesses.

Risk factors : decreased physical condition, wetness, dampness, improper or ineffective clothing, exhaustion and pre-existing conditions (diabetes, high blood pressure, hypothyroidism).

Signs and Symptoms : Cool skin. severe shaking or shivering, weak pulse, decreased heart rate, slowed respiration, muscle rigidity, exhaustion, drowsiness, slurred speech, inability to concentrate, and memory lapses.

Cold Stress Prevention Tips 

  • Dress properly. Wear a hat, scarf or face mask. Layer your clothing. Opt for insulated and waterproof gloves and footwear. 
  • Educate yourself on the signs of Cold Stress.
  • Buddy Up with co-workers and monitor each other closely.
  • Hydrate with water.
  • Drink warm beverages.
  • Avoid alcohol.
  • Change into dry clothes if necessary.
  • Always use and wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
  • Avoid “too” tight clothing that may restrict blood flow and inhibit movement.
  • Protect your eyes against blowing ice crystals by wearing safety goggles. Choose goggles that protect against harmful ultraviolet rays when outdoors that are made worse when glaring off of ice and snow.

Seek Help : If you suspect that you or a co-worker may be suffering from Cold Stress, call 911 immediately. It is always better to err on the side of safety in these matters.

As always OSHATOES® wants you to be in the know. We  believe in Safety, at all times and offer many products designed to help you in that endeavor.

OSHATOES® Steel Toe Safety Overshoes allow you to be O.S.H.A. compliant while wearing your favorite insulated boots. Simply slip our water-resistant, slip-resistant OSHATOES® over your existing shoes and voilà, you have the safety of a steel toe! We are also proud to carry insulated work gloves, and safety goggles, along with other safety products.

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Check us out at www.OSHATOES.com and see for yourself.

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Feb
16
2015

Toasty Tips for Winter Safety

 

With much of North America covered in freezing temps, ice and snow, it’s good to remember :

It’s Summer somewhere, just not here.

You can imagine you’re lying on an gorgeous Australian beach soaking up the summer sun but once you walk outdoors, reality sets in – it is cold.

OSHATOES® wishes we could all whisk away to a lovely tropical island but that ain’t gonna happen. Instead, we offer you some tips to stay toasty and safe.

  1. Be Prepared – In the event of an emergency you should always have several days of water and canned foods stocked. But realistically, many people don’t do that. They wait until the local weather station reports a storm is coming then everyone descends upon the grocery stores and wipes out the bread, milk and eggs. That’s not how to do it, folks. In order to be properly prepared for inclement weather that could leave you stuck at home for several days, you do need to have a supply of water and canned food; but you must also have a non-electric can opener, any necessary prescriptions, flashlights and batteries in case of a power outage. 
  2. Stay Home – Whether it’s a full on blizzard or black ice, stay home if possible. Do not drive unless absolutely necessary. If you must drive, be sure to carry an emergency kit which includes jumper cables, road flares, phone chargers, extra clothes and blankets, windshield scraper and a first aid kit. Keep the gas tank filled at least halfway. Be sure to have all fluids topped off and check air in the tires. If you do have an accident, stay inside the vehicle until help arrives.
  3. Layers of Protection – Wear layers of clothing instead of one big coat. This helps trap warm air closer to your body. Wear a hat, gloves and scarf before going outside. Choose warm, water-resistant boots instead of sneakers. Children and the elderly are most susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia so keep them bundled up if they must be outdoors. Check on the elderly in their homes. Make sure they’re warm enough and have an ample supply of food and medications.
  4. Fire Safety – Space heaters, generators, and fire places should be watched carefully. They are capable of starting house fires and may even give off carbon monoxide which can be deadly. Keep them away from anything flammable. Always use a screen when using your fireplace to discourage sparks from catching.
  5. Outdoor Activities – From sledding to snowball fights, people love to get outdoors and enjoy winter weather. Caution should be exercised. Always wear a helmet when sledding and only sled in designated areas. Dress for the weather and change clothes if they get wet. If you must shovel snow, take care. Take breaks often and hydrate.

Winter isn’t over yet and we hope you’ll put our tips to use!

Be Smart. Be Safe. Think OSHATOES®.

www.OSHATOES.com

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