Prevent Workplace Incidents Before They Start

Identifying risks and taking proactive safety measures to reduce hazard exposure on important topics from ergonomics to chemical management is crucial to creating a safe workplace.

This year we are offering resources to help safety heroes like you as well as items you can easily distribute to your employees.

Get additional National Safety Month resources here.

Grow Your Safety Knowledge

Mini-Guide: Steps for Conducting a Risk Assessment – NEW

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Risk Assessment Template – NEW

 

Webinar – Prevent Incidents Before They Happen: Prevention Through Design
Hosted by VelocityEHS – Award-winning EHS & Sustainability Software
Workplace safety incidents can devastate employee health, undermine confidence in safety programs and result in annual U.S. costs of $171 billion, according to a 2019 NSC estimate. But most companies still react to injuries rather than follow a prevention-based strategy. Learn about the NIOSH initiative, Prevention through Design, and the importance of tracking how risks in one area of operations affect risks in others. Get the presentation.

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Get your workers involved during National Safety Month with this brand new tip sheet covering common workplace safety risks:

Employee tip sheet: Common Workplace Safety Risks – NEW

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Workplace Safety Toolkits

Access toolkits with ready-to-distribute resources like 5-minute safety talks, posters, tip sheets, and more. Browse all the topics to help address hazards in your workplace on topics like:

  • Hazard awareness
  • Chemical management
  • Fall prevention
  • Ergonomics
  • Emergency preparedness

 

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Tips and Tricks for National Electrical Safety Month

May is National Electrical Safety Month, and it’s a great time to raise awareness on how to avoid potential electrical hazards.

By taking simple precautions, everyone can avoid electrically related fires, fatalities, injuries, and property loss.

Here are some safety tips:

Indoors:

  • Check electric cords for fraying or cracking. Replace cords that may be damaged, and don’t overload electric outlets.
  • Remember extension cords are intended to be temporary; they are not intended as permanent household wiring.
  • Don’t run cords under carpets or rugs and don’t tack or nail cords to walls or floors.
  • Keep electric appliances and tools away from water. Never reach for or unplug an appliance that has fallen into water; instead, turn the power off at the breaker before you unplug the appliance or remove it from the water.
  • Never put anything other than an electrical plug in an outlet. Use outlet covers or caps to protect children.
  • Keep your home’s electrical system in good repair. Contact a licensed electrical contractor if you have flickering lights, sparks, non-functioning outlets, or need wiring repairs or upgrades.

 

Outdoors:

  • Never touch downed power lines!
  • Always call your local utility or 911 if you see lines down.
  • Watch for overhead lines every time you use a ladder, work on roofs, trees, or carry long tools or loads. Keep kites, model airplanes, and metallic balloons away from power lines.
  • Know what’s below before you dig. At least 3 days before starting any digging or excavating project,  call 811, the National One Call Center, to have underground utility lines, pipes, and cables marked for free.
  • Avoid planting trees underneath power lines or near utility equipment.

 

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Source:http://www.eei.org/resourcesandmedia/energynews/Pages/Spring%20into%20Safety%20with%20National%20Electrical%20Safety%20Month.aspx


The National Stand-Down to Prevent Falls is this week, how is your organization participating?

Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, accounting for 401 of the 1,061 construction fatalities recorded in 2019 (BLS data). Those deaths were preventable. The National Safety Stand-Down raises fall hazard awareness across the country in an effort to stop fall fatalities and injuries.

 

What is a Safety Stand-Down?

A Safety Stand-Down is a voluntary event for employers to talk directly to employees about safety. Any workplace can hold a stand-down by taking a break to focus on “Fall Hazards” and reinforcing the importance of “Fall Prevention”. Employers of companies not exposed to fall hazards can also use this opportunity to have a conversation with employees about the other job hazards they face, protective methods, and the company’s safety policies and goals. It can also be an opportunity for employees to talk to management about fall and other job hazards they see.

Who Can Participate?

Anyone who wants to prevent hazards in the workplace can participate in the Stand-Down. In past years, participants included commercial construction companies of all sizes, residential construction contractors, sub- and independent contractors, highway construction companies, general industry employers, the U.S. Military, other government participants, unions, employer’s trade associations, institutes, employee interest organizations, and safety equipment manufacturers.

Partners

OSHA is partnering with key groups to assist with this effort, including the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA), OSHA approved State Plans, State consultation programs, the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR), the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), the National Safety Council, the National Construction Safety Executives (NCSE), the U.S. Air Force, and the OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Education Centers.

How to Conduct a Safety Stand-Down and FAQs

Companies can conduct a Safety Stand-Down by taking a break to have a toolbox talk or another safety activity such as conducting safety equipment inspections, developing rescue plans, or discussing job-specific hazards. Managers are encouraged to plan a stand-down that works best for their workplace anytime. See Suggestions to Prepare for a Successful “Stand-Down” and Highlights from the Past Stand-Downs. OSHA also hosts an Events page with events that are free and open to the public to help employers and employees find events in your area.

If you plan to host a free event that is open to the public, see OSHA’s Events page to submit the event details and to contact your Regional Stand-Down Coordinator.

Certificate of Participation

Employers will be able to provide feedback about their Stand-Down and download a Certificate of Participation following the Stand-Down.

Share Your Story

If you want to share information with OSHA on your Safety Stand-Down, Fall Prevention Programs or suggestions on how we can improve future initiatives like this, please send your email to oshastanddown@dol.gov. Also share your Stand-Down story on social media, with the hashtag: #StandDown4Safet

 

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Source: https://www.osha.gov/stop-falls-stand-down


Helpful Tips for National Burn Awareness week

Each year, over 450,000 individuals are seen in emergency departments, clinics, or physician’s offices for the treatment of a burn injury in the United States and Canada. In 2014 alone, there were 3,275 recorded deaths from fire and smoke inhalation injuries. The majority of these injuries are preventable. The American Burn Association strives to bring awareness to the causes of such devastating and costly injuries and encourages everyone to make simple environmental and behavioral changes that can save lives.

 

Below are some great resources from the American Burn Association created to help spread the word on the dangers that exist and what can be done to decrease the risk.

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Hands-only CPR proves easier, saves more lives

CPR saves lives. That’s a given.

And in 2016, after the American Heart Association came out with a new way of doing CPR, even more lives are being saved.

According to the statistics, 1,000 Americans have a heart attack every day.

“The most important period when someone goes into cardiac arrest is the first 3 to 4 minutes,” said Dan Schaefer, Operations Chief for Metro Area Ambulance. This is why CPR, administered during those critical minutes, can make a difference in saving a life. But times have changed.

The old-fashioned CPR process using a mouth-to-mouth technique has become a thing of the past.  Schaefer says it was just too difficult for a lot of people to do and many were reluctant to do it.

“Obviously nobody likes to think about, especially these days, about other people’s germs and we all know, that was a factor on whether or not bystanders would do CPR,” Schaefer explained.

So, in 2016, hands-only CPR emerged.

“Research and obviously the science of it all came back and said, ‘You know, chest compression alone for the first three minutes is actually better,’” he said.

Now, bystanders are asked to only do chest compressions, 100 per minute. Science shows there’s still enough oxygen in the blood and the compressions get it where it needs to go. Schaefer says the idea is this process will help until medical help arrives after three minutes or so. Hands-only CPR is easier — bystanders are more willing to do it, and the proof is in lives saved. “It’s been a big move and we’re seeing it in the numbers,” said Schaefer. “We got to watch survival rates from 6 percent move up into the 50 percent rate.”

That, he says, is impressive. But Schaefer still stresses the importance of public education and training — good compressions for a good outcome in cardiac arrest, he notes.

 

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Source: https://www.kxnet.com/news/local-news/hands-only-cpr-proves-easier-saves-more-lives/


Florida deputy reunited with 5-year-old girl she saved 3 years ago

A Florida sheriff’s deputy was recently reunited with a child she saved and shared a post on Facebook about the emotional experience.

Corporal Sherry Rego described it as the best day of her entire year.

“She was crying happy tears a minute ago when we called and asked permission to share this beautiful post from her personal Facebook page,” the Collier County Sheriff’s Department wrote.

The corporal wrote that while she was pumping gas, she was approached by a little girl.

“While pumping gas this beautiful girl came to my truck… tears rolled in my eyes as I looked at her, her parents and big brother… Her mom said to her do you remember your angel, why did she say this? Because just over 3 years ago I was giving her lifeless daughter CPR. She was almost 2 and today she proudly shared she is 5 and on her way to Disney!”

The corporal said the experience was a reminder of why she is a first responder.

“This was such a blessed reminder why I do the job I do, and beyond grateful to the amazing agency I work for that believes in top notch training for their deputies and equipment to do our everyday tasks. Enjoy your Disney weekend pretty girl, you left my heart so full today.”

 

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Source: https://www.fox46.com/news/florida-deputy-shares-emotional-post-with-5-year-old-girl-she-saved/


Recovering From a Disaster – Helpful Tips To Keep You Safe

Health & Safety Guidelines

Recovering from disaster is usually a gradual process. Safety is a primary issue, as are mental and physical well-being. If assistance is available, knowing how to access it makes the process faster and less stressful.

Your first concern after a disaster is your family’s health and safety. You need to consider possible safety issues and monitor family health and well-being.

Aiding the Injured

A man receives medical attention after a disaster

  • Administer first aid and seek medical attention for any injured person following a disaster.
  • Check for injuries. Do not attempt to move seriously injured persons unless they are in immediate danger of death or further injury. If you must move an unconscious person, first stabilize the neck and back, then call for help immediately.
  • If the victim is not breathing, carefully position the victim for artificial respiration, clear the airway and commence mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
  • Maintain body temperature with blankets. Be sure the victim does not become overheated.
  • Never try to feed liquids to an unconscious person.

Health

Close up of man's rubber safety boots, as he is standing in running water

  • Be aware of exhaustion. Don’t try to do too much at once. Set priorities and pace yourself. Get enough rest.
  • Drink plenty of clean water. Eat well.
  • Wear sturdy work boots and gloves.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and clean water often when working in debris.

Safety Issues

A vehicle on a washed out road encounters a downed power line.

  • Be aware of safety issues after a disaster.
  • Be aware of new safety issues created by the disaster. Watch for washed out roads, contaminated buildings, contaminated water, gas leaks, broken glass, damaged electrical wiring and slippery floors.
  • Inform local authorities about health and safety issues, including chemical spills, downed power lines, washed out roads, smoldering insulation and dead animals.

 

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Source: https://www.ready.gov/health-safety-guidelines


Strangers with CPR training help save man’s life

EUREKA, Mo. – Ken Hamilton is lucky to be alive.  The 56-year-old surveyor was out on a job in Eureka last month when the Fenton man collapsed and stopped breathing.  First responders with the Eureka Fire Protection District say he went into full cardiac arrest.

“He was a dying man,” said Eureka Fire Protection District Div. Chief Scott Barthelmass.

Hamilton is alive thanks to a chain of events that includes two bystanders with CPR knowledge rushing to his aid.  Emma Petry is a nursing student who was walking by and noticed Hamilton collapsing.

She was joined by Eureka businessman Jerry Kirk who alternated with Petry performing chest compressions.  Kirk is a former first responder and said Hamilton was very blue in the face.

“There was no breathing,” said Kirk.  “We stopped to check his pulse and there really wasn’t anything.”

First responders arrived within 3 and a half minutes.  They continued CPR and used a defibrillator to save Hamilton’s life.  He was taken to an area hospital and has since been released.

“They kept the blood flowing through my body long enough for the emergency ambulance to get there and the paramedics,” said Hamilton.

“I think about Kenny and his family a lot,” said Petry. “They’ve been in my prayers a lot.”

“People stepped up, our paramedics did an outstanding job, the hospital did a great job,” said Barthelmass.

“It really was good timing with everyone being there and God really had placed people there at a good time,” said Petry.

Hamilton said in addition to being grateful to all those involved, he takes comfort in being reminded there are good people willing to help when help is needed.  He encourages everyone to learn CPR.

Barthelmass said the case highlights the difference someone can make when they know CPR.  First responders also encourage anyone with CPR training to download the Pulse Point app.

The app can send a notification when someone nearby is in need of CPR. Download the PulsePoint app here.

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Source: https://fox2now.com/news/strangers-with-cpr-training-help-save-fenton-mans-life/


Fire Safety Training in The Workplace – The Latest Technology To Help Save Lives

OSHA reg 1910.157 states annual training is required for employees who may use fire extinguishers at the workplace. But what’s the safest and best way to train your employees?

Many safety officers have come to us with challenges that prevented them from conducting live-fire training. They have out-of-date training structures or equipment that don’t comply with environmental, state, local and national regulations. We have a great solution – Digital Fire Technology.

UniFirst First Aid + Safety utilizes the latest in Fire Safety Training technology which allows trainees realistic hands-on training when or where live fire isn’t possible. It provides comprehensive hands-on training using realistic, self-generating digital flames that respond directly to the trainee’s actions.

Challenge your employees to fight digital flames for realistic and intense hands-on training. Trainees can experience and interact with digital flames while focusing on suppression and water application. Practice varying stream patterns and water placement while properly advancing a charged line.

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Hotel worker performs CPR for 11 minutes, saving guest’s life after heart attack

Doctors tell wife that compressions may have prevented him from being paralyzed, brain dead

It’s a life-saving example of “getting results” when a guest had a massive heart attack and an Orlando hotel worker jumped into action performing CPR for 11 minutes.

Fatima Barakat and her husband William have been together for nearly 40 years, and their love so evident today.

“He is the love of my life, we have six children together and two grandchildren,” said Fatima. “We were celebrating 40 years of meeting each other that night. He’s my soulmate.”

The couple was winding down their vacation with family and decided to spend the final night with just the two of them. What was supposed to be a romantic evening Monday for Fatima and William Barakat at Las Palmeras by Hilton Grand Vacation Club resort in Orlando, turned into a nightmare.

“I turned around and all of a sudden I noticed his head started to tilt to the right and he put out his arms and his legs and just dropped to the bed,” said Fatima.

William went into cardiac arrest and stopped breathing. Fatima rushed to call 911, but didn’t know the address for the hotel, so she used the room phone to called the lobby. Loss Prevention Director Ivan Melians was about to end his shift when he heard what was going on and hurried to the room.

“He was selfless. He took off his mask, picked him up off the bed, put him on the floor and performed CPR and saved his life without even thinking about his own life,” said Fatima.

For 11 minutes in the hotel room, Melians performed chest compressions while William struggled to catch a breathe.

“I had to give him a chance, I had to try my best. I’ve been trained for CPR and have to keep going until EMS arrives. You can’t give up on a person,” said Melians.

“He died right in front of me… he was dead, he was gone. I was devastated,” said Fatima.

William Barakaat after his surgery
William Barakaat after his surgery (WKMG 2020)

EMS eventually arrived and William was airlifted to Orlando Regional Medical Center. Fatima said doctors found five clogged arteries and had to perform emergency coronary artery bypass surgery. She was able to see him the next day.

“He was out, but I know he recognized me. I spoke to him and then he opened his eyes for me,” said Fatima.

Doctors told Fatima that her husband should have been paralyzed from loss of oxygen.

“The doctor said ‘Mrs. Barakat, those 11 minutes of compression is why he’s still here’,” said Fatima.

Fatima credits Melians for his quick action and persistence in saving her husband’s life. She calls him a hero.

“For him to be selfless and put himself out there for others, that’s the definition – for me – of a hero. Absolutely Ivan is a hero. Ivan was my hero and I will never forget him,” said Fatima.

“I don’t’ consider myself a hero … just consider myself a human able to help another human,” said Ivan.

The Barakat family is hopeful for William’s recovery and said he is starting to speak and breath on his own. Las Palmeras is extending the family’s stay while William is in the hospital.

 

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Source: https://www.clickorlando.com/news/local/2020/09/10/orlando-hotel-worker-performed-cpr-for-11-minutes-saving-guests-life-after-heart-attack/