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Do You Need a Wildfire Smoke Mask?

Now that summer is here, the threat of wildfires is on the minds of people in many parts of the United States. When wildfires burn, they often devastate hundreds or thousands of acres, and smoke can spread and can affect people many miles away from sites that are burning. A wildfire smoke mask might protect you from adverse health effects. How Smoke from Wildfires Can Affect People’s Health Wildfire smoke can irritate the lungs, eyes, nose, and [...]

By |2020-07-08T13:28:49+00:00July 8th, 2020|Disaster Preparedness, Fire Safety, Respond Systems, Safety Training|Comments Off on Do You Need a Wildfire Smoke Mask?

How to Avoid Injuries When Working From Home

Whether you love or hate working from home, it’s hard to deny how convenient it is. When you work from home, you don’t have to worry about getting stuck in traffic, your car breaking down, or your train being late--you just have to make sure that you’re up and ready to start your day. Still, it is important to realize that remote workspaces are not free of hazards. Whether you spend the entire day in your home [...]

By |2020-05-11T18:15:24+00:00May 11th, 2020|Respond Systems|Comments Off on How to Avoid Injuries When Working From Home

Worker Safety Around Heavy Equipment

Heavy equipment is ubiquitous on many worksites. While it can help employees accomplish tasks efficiently, heavy machinery can also create a risk of accidents and injuries. Enforcing safety procedures is critical to prevent equipment rollovers and to keep workers from being struck or crushed by vehicles. Machinery Safety Features and Maintenance Equipment operators should wear seat belts whenever using heavy equipment. Top-loading vehicles should have a cab shield or another form of protection for the operator. Rollover [...]

By |2020-02-13T15:52:49+00:00February 13th, 2020|First Aid, Respond Systems, Safety Training, Workplace Safety|Comments Off on Worker Safety Around Heavy Equipment

2020 OSHA Updates

In 2019, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) significantly increased the number of employer inspections it conducted to address violations that put workers at risk. The agency also worked on new rulemakings and programs. Some changes are slated to take effect in 2020, while others are still under consideration. Proposed Rules Coming in 2020 OSHA plans to create a Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act review panel. Its goal will be to create a standard to [...]

By |2020-01-27T12:53:21+00:00January 27th, 2020|General, Respond Systems, Safety Training, Workplace Safety|Comments Off on 2020 OSHA Updates

Respirator Fit Testing for Medical Students

Medical students may be exposed to environmental contaminants and infectious diseases during their training. They must, therefore, have respirators that they can use to protect themselves on the job. Why Are Respirators Necessary? When medical students participate in clinical activities, they may interact with patients who have communicable diseases. Bacteria and viruses can spread easily from person to person, and a medical student who became infected could then transmit illness to other patients and staff. In addition, [...]

By |2019-10-10T17:59:49+00:00October 10th, 2019|First Aid, General, Respond Systems, Safety Training|Comments Off on Respirator Fit Testing for Medical Students

More Businesses in Search of Active Shooter Training

Mass shootings have become alarmingly frequent occurrences, causing Americans to realize that gun violence can happen anywhere. This has prompted an increasing number of business owners to provide active shooter training so their employees will know what to do if violence occurs at their workplace. Why Is Active Shooter Training Necessary? Many people have no idea what to do if they suddenly hear gunfire, and people often panic when they find themselves in that situation. Receiving training [...]

By |2019-09-19T18:48:20+00:00September 19th, 2019|Disaster Preparedness, Respond Systems, Safety Training, Workplace Safety|Comments Off on More Businesses in Search of Active Shooter Training

Get Your Disaster Supplies Ready in Advance of an Emergency

The state of California is, unfortunately, one of the most prone regions in the U.S. to a natural disaster. From wildfires to earthquakes, floods, landslides, tsunamis, and other storms – the state has had its fair share of hazardous conditions. If you’re looking to keep your southern California business protected in the event of a sudden natural disaster, planning is key. Never wait until the very last minute when getting supplies is scarce or weather makes its [...]

By |2019-06-17T18:25:16+00:00June 17th, 2019|Disaster Preparedness, First Aid, General, Respond Systems, Safety Training, Workplace Safety|Comments Off on Get Your Disaster Supplies Ready in Advance of an Emergency

Preparing Your Business or Home for Wildfires and Other Emergencies

May is National Building Safety Month, so it’s a good time to go over your plans of action in case of a workplace emergency. The warm weather brings tornadoes in some parts of the country, hurricanes in others and wildfires largely (but not exclusively) out west. All these events can happen during work hours, so it’s a good idea to be prepared to keep your employees and your property safe. Wildfire Season May 4 was marked by [...]

By |2019-05-31T13:47:05+00:00May 24th, 2019|Disaster Preparedness, Fire Safety, General, Respond Systems|Comments Off on Preparing Your Business or Home for Wildfires and Other Emergencies

Respirator Fit Testing Protects Workers from Airborne Hazards

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires companies to identify potential risks at each job site and to provide appropriate protective equipment. For fire and restoration workers, respirators are routinely required. Making sure these devices fit properly is essential to protect employees’ health. If a respirator doesn’t form a tight seal with a person’s face, the worker can inhale hazardous substances. Why Respirators Are Important in Fire and Flood Restoration Work Water that enters a building [...]

By |2019-05-31T13:44:53+00:00May 9th, 2019|Fire Safety, General, Respond Systems|Comments Off on Respirator Fit Testing Protects Workers from Airborne Hazards

April is Tornado Preparedness and Earthquake Readiness Month: Is Your Business Ready?

While most business owner’s worry about a lack of sales as being the worst thing a company can face, natural disasters should also figure into management’s preplanning efforts. April is Tornado Preparedness Month as well as Earthquake Readiness month. It’s worthwhile to take the time to evaluate your organization’s safety procedures in the event of either a tornado or an earthquake. After all, there is almost no part of the country where some type of natural disaster [...]

By |2019-05-31T13:43:11+00:00April 22nd, 2019|Disaster Preparedness, General, Respond Systems|Comments Off on April is Tornado Preparedness and Earthquake Readiness Month: Is Your Business Ready?