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Everything’s Coming Up Yellow (8 Tips for Beating Pollen)

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I drew a line, I drew a line for you,  Oh what a thing to do, And it was all Yellow...


No. this post is not a Coldplay song and we're not tying a yellow ribbon 'round the ole' oak tree. Our heads hurt too much and our noses are too stuffed up to care much about singing songs. Indeed, we are smack dab in the Pollen season and we're miserable! If you drew a line right now it'd be yellow for sure.

The pollen is here, there, and everywhere. Whether or not you have allergies, chances are you're affected by it...unless you live on a polar ice cap that is. Pollen is that fine yellow dust produced by a male plant and carried around to other plants via the wind or insects so the plants can produce seeds. In other words, it's that yellow stuff that is literally covering everything. And it's the pits. Especially if you must work outdoors.





Pollen can make you feel absolutely awful. Nasal congestion, sneezing, runny nose,  watery eyes, itchy throat, cough, sore throat, and hoarse voice can bring down the toughest of the tough. What are the tough to do?

Tips for Beating Pollen :

  1. Stay indoors if possible. Pollen is at its worst on warm, windy days. Even a slight breeze moves pollen about. 
  2. If you must be outdoors, try to schedule that time for early in the morning or later in the evening. (i.e. exercising outdoors)
  3. Limit the amount of time you spend outdoors during peak hours.
  4. Wear a mask when working outside to limit exposure.
  5. Wear sunglasses or safety goggles. Wear glasses instead of contacts.
  6. See your doctor or use an over the counter (OTC) medication to proactively treat symptoms. Rinse your nose after you've been outdoors. Try a salt water rinse or OTC nasal spray.
  7. Dust & Cool your house. There's nothing better on a beautiful spring day than opening the windows and enjoying the breeze and milder temps but DON'T do it! Turn your A/C on, keeps the windows closed, and filter out that pollen! Dust your home frequently to reduce any pollen that may have crept in.
  8. Wash up. Take a shower, wash your hair and change your clothes when you come inside. Don't forget to wash your pets too! They can bring pollen into the house on their fur.


We have a long pollen season ahead and hope you've found these tips helpful!

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Choose Wisely

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Safety matters, so choose wisely.

Safety products designed for the feet are necessary but it's important to know which ones are appropriate for the task at hand. Choosing the wrong safety products can be a costly and dangerous mistake. As always, OSHATOES® to the rescue! We are dedicated to your safety.

Which product is right for you? We are here to help you choose!

PVC with Steel Toecap

PVC is going to give you a little bit more wear on the overshoes, you do sacrifice a small amount in the overall stretching ability. The PVC material will give you a longer performing product overall.

Lightweight safety toes are made stretchy PVC with a solid steel toe, fitting easily over existing shoes. Slip-resistant sole.

OSHATOES have been successfully tested to the highest standards required by current 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.

OSHATOES® PVC with Steel Toecap meet or exceed the following requirements : ASTM F 2413-05 (US), ANSI Z41PT91 for Class 75 (US), ASTM F 2412- 05 - Class 75 (US).

Choices : 

OSHATOES® JETS (Black) Safety Toes

X-Large (Black) JETS Safety Toes; Men's Size 12; Women's 14


OSHATOES® Lime Safety Toes

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


Petals Pink Steel Toe Alternative

Petals Pink Steel Toe Safety Overshoes (XXS) Women's 5-6


Rubber with Steel Toecap

Rubber is going to give you a little bit more stretch and will maintain most of it's stretching properties in colder climates. Lightweight safety toes are made of 100% Rubber with a solid steel toe, fitting easily over existing shoes.

OSHATOES® Rubber with Steel Toecap meet or exceed the following requirements : ASTM F 2413-05 (US),  ANSI Z41PT91 for Class 75 (US), ASTM F 2412- 05 - Class 75 (US), CE (European).

Choose :

OSHATOES® 100% Rubber Safety Shoes

Medium (100% Rubber - Yellow) Safety Toes; Men's Size 8-9; Women's 10-11


Non-Metallic Toecap

These toe caps are made of a fiber-glass composite material, they are non-metallic and meet the same compression standards as the steel toe caps. Lightweight safety toes are made with a composite toe, fitting easily over existing shoes.

OSHATOES® Non-Metallic Toecap meet or exceed the following requirements : ASTM F 2413-05 (US), ANSI Z41PT91 for Class 75 (US), ASTM F 2412- 05 - Class 75 (US),CE (European).

 Choose :

Composite Toe (Non-Metallic) Safety Toes

Large - Composite/Non-Metallic, Men's 10-11; Women's 12-13


Companies Concerned With Foot Injury Hazards Have An Affordable Solution For Visitors or Workers Who Require Toe Protection.
There's no need to worry about choosing the right safety shoe protection for you. Contact us and let us help you choose!
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Depression on the Job

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Our last post dealt with the topic of depression. Today we'll look at depression on the job. Bad days are bound to happen now and again but depression is so much more. The Mayo Clinic defines depression as "a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Also called major depression, major depressive disorder or clinical depression, it affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. You may have trouble doing normal day-to-day activities, and depression may make you feel as if life isn't worth living." -

Depression is more than just feeling blue or down in the dumps. It isn't something you can shake off or snap out of. You can't just "get over" it.

Depression can be treated by medications, therapy, counseling, group support or a combination.

So you're suffering from depression, do you crawl under the bed covers? Not likely. If you're like most folks, you have bills to pay and a life to live so hiding isn't really an option! You have depression. You need to work. Some days it can feel completely overwhelming. You may even want to quit your job. DON'T!!! You'll feel much worse if you do that. If you are depressed try these tips to help you cope while on the job.


  • See your doctor regularly. 
  • Begin and follow a treatment plan.
  • Check your insurance coverage.
  • Find out what services may be available in your workplace.
  • Learn calming strategies to get through the day. Meditation. Breathing exercises.
  • Take breaks when needed.
  • Know your triggers. Avoid them if possible. Recognize and anticipate them so you're better able to deal with them as they occur.
  • Make a "to do" list in order of importance and work your way through it. Marking off each task gives you a sense of accomplishment.
  •  Spruce up your working area. Add pictures of loved ones. Add some color to brighten things up.
  • Make plans for after work. This gives you something to look forward to throughout the day.


If you find your depression is worsening, be honest with your doctor. It could be time to make a change. Talk with your employer. Could you move to a less demanding department? If full time, could you change to a part time position? Is a leave of absence called for?

There are options and many employers would rather work with you than lose you. Don't give up. Seek help. We're rooting for you!


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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

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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.

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Workplace Wars

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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!


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