Just Around The Corner – June is National Safety Month

Now, more than ever, safety is crucial both inside and outside the workplace, which is why the National Safety Council will still be recognizing National Safety Month® in June. Observed annually by NSC, the nation’s leading nonprofit safety advocate, National Safety Month focuses on saving lives and preventing injuries, from the workplace to anyplace.

Given the current state of the world, the month will look a little different than past years. Instead of focusing on a single topic each week, we will provide real-time, relevant resources on a variety of topics for keeping workers safe in our new normal. Sign up now and we’ll notify you when materials – on pressing topics from ergonomics to mental health – are ready.

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This year, NSC will shine a spotlight on pressing topics, including, but not limited to:

  • Mental Health
  • Ergonomics
  • Building a Safety Culture
  • Driving

This year’s public materials will include a poster, tip sheets, articles, social media graphics and more! NSC members get everything the public gets, plus 5-Minute Safety Talks, additional posters, videos and so much more.

Donate in Honor of Someone Who Keeps You Safe

Honor those who keep you safe with a donation to NSC. Your donation will help support the National Safety Council SAFER effort, created to address the safety needs of the nation’s workforce now and in a post-pandemic environment. Through this effort, NSC will provide employers with data-driven tools, resources and recommendations to ensure the safety of every workplace across the country.

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Quick-thinking Boston police officer uses CPR to revive infant who wasn’t breathing

Boston Police officer Owen Murray who performed lifesaving CPR on an infant girl in Roxbury Sunday night with assistance from officer Taylor Green.

Boston police officers Owen Murray and Taylor Green were heading back to the station Sunday night after a routine call. It had been a typical night so far.

Then, around 10:45 p.m., they got a call. An infant was in respiratory distress and wasn’t breathing at a home on Bragdon Street in Roxbury. The officers responded swiftly.

“On all the calls, you try to get there as fast as possible,” said Murray, a six-year officer. “But whenever I hear a kid’s involved, I try to get there even faster. I really wasn’t thinking.”

Once at the home, Murray and Green sprinted up to the second floor and came upon several family members who were screaming. The mother handed her 1-year-old daughter to Murray. The atmosphere was frantic, Green said.

The infant’s eyes and mouth were open, her skin pale. She wasn’t breathing; she was “lifeless,” Murray said. Instinctively, the officer put the girl in position and performed CPR, resuscitating her in moments and saving her life.

Boston police officer Taylor Green assisted officer Owen Murray, who performed lifesaving CPR on an infant girl in Roxbury Sunday night.

Boston police officer Taylor Green assisted officer Owen Murray, who performed lifesaving CPR on an infant girl in Roxbury Sunday night.MATTHEW J. LEE/GLOBE STAFF

“After a few seconds, the baby started crying,” Murray said. “She immediately gave me a hug and rested her head on my shoulder.”

“We’re just glad she’s OK,” Green said.

Soon after, the girl was brought to Boston Children’s Hospital for evaluation. Murray hasn’t heard from the infant’s mother or hospital yet, but he’s relieved. Without quick action, the outcome likely would have been much more grim.

It’s a feeling he knows well. Several years ago, his son, who was 1½ years old at the time, began choking on food. Murray performed CPR and saved his life.

My training definitely kicked in. I didn’t freak out or anything, it just kind of kicked in immediately,” Murray said of the eventful Monday night. “It definitely saved my son’s life as well.”

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Source: https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/05/18/metro/quick-thinking-boston-police-officer-uses-cpr-revive-infant-who-wasnt-breathing/

Who Makes the Call on Safety Training?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the United States experienced 5,250 fatal workplace injuries in 2018. The year prior, preventable work injuries cost the U.S. economy $161.5 billion, according to an estimate from the National Safety Council. These statistics make clear the importance of safety for organizations and, therefore, safety training. The top benefit of safety training is reducing these tragic and costly incidents.

One essential question for any safety training program is who should do what. Who should be accountable for determining an organization’s safety needs? What about developing safety content or choosing supplier content? What about delivering safety training? Should the answers to these questions change for training that deals with different types of training?


For Safety Training: Protecting Employees and Organizations, there are four types of safety training.

  • Employee safety: related to the performance of jobs and the use of facilities and equipment
  • Workplace safety: related to emergencies in the workplace such as disasters or crime
  • Customer safety: related to the physical safety of customers
  • Digital and information safety: related to employee or customer data and cybersecurity.

Determining Safety Needs

Organizations were most likely to hold a dedicated safety department accountable for determining safety needs for all categories of safety other than digital and information safety (Table: Who Determines Safety Needs). They were most likely to entrust their IT departments by determining safety needs for digital and information safety. Legal, governance, risk management, or compliance departments were second-most likely to be accountable for determining safety needs for all categories of safety other than employee safety. HR departments were most likely to do so for employee safety.

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According to Errick Currie, a logistics transportation Manager for Domino’s who oversees safety for truck drivers that deliver supplies to the company’s stores in the United States and Canada, which department makes the final call on determining needs is of limited consequence. In an interview for the report, he said that “ensuring that every employee has a voice” about safety matters much more. “Every organization is different,” he explained, “but what’s important is that you put the onus on individuals to bring any issues forward.”

Developing or Selecting Safety Training Content

When it came to developing safety content or selecting it from suppliers, organizations again were most likely to turn to a dedicated safety department for all categories other than digital and information safety, which was most likely to fall to IT. However, talent development was the department second-most likely to oversee the development or selection of content. This was a notable difference from determining safety needs, for which talent development was least likely of any department to be responsible.

In his interview for the report, Currie saw some advantages of relying on talent development professionals to develop or select safety content—specifically, their knowledge of best practices in adult learning and familiarity with content tools. “They know all the different practices other companies use and the different tools that translate to the field,” he said.

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Delivering Safety Content

For employee safety, workplace safety, and customer safety, organizations most often relied on trainers from a dedicated safety department to deliver safety training, followed by a trainer from the talent development department. Digital and information safety training was equally likely to be delivered by a member of the IT department or with no instructor at all.

According to Currie, having a specialized professional, such as someone from the talent development or safety department, deliver an organization’s live, instructor-led safety training makes the content more credible. To explain the difference between having one of these individuals handle the delivery rather than a manager, he drew an analogy to parents cautioning their children. “As kids grow up, they often don’t take warnings from their parents very seriously,” he said. “When people get comfortable with their managers, the same thing can happen.” Meanwhile, he noted that bringing in a safety expert to deliver training, “shows that you’re willing to have another voice, another advocate, to come in to make the message resonate.”

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Source: https://www.td.org/insights/who-makes-the-call-on-safety-training

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Saving A Life With CPR

NORTON — Town resident Chris Vittorini has been recognized for helping save a man’s life, but he doesn’t consider himself a hero.

“Everything happens for a reason and I was there for a reason to help this guy out,” Vittorini, 46, said Wednesday.

The fire department on Tuesday gave Vittorini the Citizen Lifesaving Award for performing CPR on the unconscious man, despite the emphasis that’s been placed on social distancing in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The 50-year-old victim was taken to Sturdy Memorial Hospital by local firefighters, who cited Vittorini’s efforts with helping them to revive the man.

The victim, whose name and medical condition was not disclosed, was alert and talking by the time the crew got to the hospital, according to fire Capt. Jason Robbins.

Early intervention with CPR by the public plays an important role in a patient’s survival, fire officials said.

A person’s chances of surviving a cardiac arrest decrease by 10 percent every minute that CPR is not done.

Recalling his role, Vittorini said he had just driven out of his home on Strawstone Lane and onto Oak Street the night of April 19 when he saw three people standing on the side of the road with a man lying on his back.

“I turned around, parked on the side of the road and ran down to them,” Vittorini said.

One of the men had a cellphone in his hand so Vittorini assumed he called 911, but he remembers telling him to call 911 anyway as he looked at the victim.

“He was flat on his back. Lifeless,” Vittorini said, adding that the man’s face had turned blue and purple.

Vitorrini said he tilted the man’s head to help him breathe and started compressions on the man’s chest.

His adrenaline flowing, Vittorini said all he could think about was just concentrating on giving the man CPR.

“Honestly, I wanted to save his life. I wasn’t going to stop until the paramedics got there,” he said.

Robbins said Vittorini did CPR for seven minutes before the rescue crew arrived to take over.

“Seven minutes feels like a lifetime when you are doing CPR,” Robbins said.

At the same time firefighters got the call, they were called to go to Taunton for a fire and also a car fire on Interstate 495 in Norton, he said.

With all the concern most people have about being infected with the highly-contagious virus, Robbins said Vittorini “really stepped up.”

If he had not stopped and performed CPR on the victim, Robbins said, the man “could have passed away.”

Vittorini said he knew how to perform CPR from his days as a Boy Scout and from helping his 19-year-old daughter, a fire department intern, study to be an EMT.

He brushed off the notion of being a hero and focused on the man he helped.

“I’m just glad he made it. I was just in the right place at the right time,” Vittorini said.


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Source: https://www.thesunchronicle.com/news/coronavirus/norton-resident-receives-award-for-administering-cpr-helping-to-save-mans-life/article_9eb6e11b-ff9b-5693-86fc-b930b64349f1.html

Fire Training In The Workplace – What You Need To Know

Fires destroy property, cause injuries, and take lives

One of the key strategies for maintaining a safe workplace and preventing fires is fire safety training.

With proper training, workers can eliminate fire hazards and respond quickly and efficiently if a fire breaks out. Without proper training, a small occurrence can quickly grow to become a major incident with devastating outcomes.

Everyone is at risk if there is a fire. However, there are some workers who may be at greater risk because of when or where they work, or because they’re not familiar with the premises or the equipment at the worksite.

Fire safety training can teach workers how to recognize fire hazards, conduct a fire safety risk assessment, prevent a workplace fire, and respond if a fire occurs.



Recognizing Fire Hazards

Fire safety training begins by identifying the basic properties of fire. All fires start when heat (a source of ignition) comes into contact with fuel (anything that burns) and oxygen is present. To prevent a fire the goal is to keep sources of ignition and fuel apart.



Conducting a Fire Safety Risk Assessment

The fire safety risk assessment helps identify what a workplace needs to do to prevent a fire and keep people safe. The assessment looks at:

1. Emergency routes and exits
2. Fire detection and warning systems
3. Fire fighting equipment
4. Removal or safe storage of dangerous substances
5. The emergency fire evacuation plan
6. The needs of vulnerable people
7. Communication with employees and others on the premises
8. Staff fire safety training

A fire safety risk assessment is the first step in identifying fire hazards. It also identifies the people at risk, state of emergency preparedness, and effectiveness of controls in the workplace. With the information from the risk assessment employers can make improvements in their fire safety plans and eliminate or reduce risks. Employers can also ensure appropriate training is provided to workers.



Preventing Workplace Fires

Fire safety training teaches workers how to prevent fires. If workers are aware of the best ways to prevent fires, they can contribute significantly to a safer workplace.


Tips to prevent fires in the workplace include:

1. Keep the workplace clean. Common litter and construction debris act as fuel for fire. Clutter may block access to exits and emergency equipment.
2. Smoke only in designated areas and extinguish smoking materials safely. Never smoke in storerooms or chemical storage areas.
3. Mark hazards and potential fire risks with clear, visible signage. Post emergency telephone numbers and the company address by the telephone in all work areas.
4. Keep machinery cleaned and properly lubricated to prevent overheating and friction sparks.
5. Place oily rags in a covered metal container. This waste must be properly disposed of on a regular basis.
6. Have faulty wiring and malfunctioning electrical equipment repaired promptly. Never attempt electrical repairs unless you are qualified and authorized.
7. Avoid running electrical cords or wires under rugs and carpets or near a heat source; keep them out of doorways where they can become worn.
8. Maintain open access to all electrical control panels. Material or equipment stored in front of the panels could delay power shutdowns in emergency situations.
9. Use and store chemicals safely. Read the labels and the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) to learn about flammability and other fire hazards. Provide adequate ventilation when using and storing these substances.
10. Be aware of possible ignition sources when working in potentially explosive atmospheres, such as those containing flammable liquid vapors or fine particles (e.g. vehicle paint spraying or grain flour). Use non-sparking tools and control static electricity as required.
11. Never block sprinklers, firefighting equipment, or emergency exits. Observe clearances when stacking materials.
12. Learn how to properly use a fire extinguisher. Know where fire extinguishers are located and which extinguishers to use for the specific type of fire.


How to Respond if a Fire Starts

It’s important that everyone in the workplace is prepared for a fire. Workers need to know what to do in case a fire occurs and how to work together to effectively stop the advance of a fire.

Through fire safety training, workers learn:

The company’s emergency plan
The worker’s role in the emergency plan
How to activate the fire alarm so the building occupants can escape
To leave the area immediately, closing all doors behind them
Where designated muster areas are located outside the building
What to do if they encounter heat or smoke upon exiting
How to fight a small fire with a portable extinguisher

Workers and employers need to take fire drills seriously and learn from them to improve response. By practicing what to do in a fire, flaws in the emergency plan can be revealed and those faults can then be addressed. Practice also builds confidence and helps keep everyone calm in the event of a real fire.



The Use of Extinguishers

Most workplaces contain portable fire extinguishers. Fire extinguishers can only put out small, contained fires, such as a fire in a wastebasket. Extinguishers in different workplaces may or may not be suitable for dealing with grease or electrical fires.

Workers that haven’t received training in the proper use of portable extinguishers should not attempt to fight a fire.
Through training workers learn to never fight a fire:

if the fire is large or spreading
if their escape route may be blocked by the spread of fire
if they are not trained in the correct use of the extinguisher or are unsure of the type of fire

If workers do fight a fire they should:

call 9-1-1 first
ensure everyone has evacuated or is leaving the area or building



Everyone is responsible for preventing fires in the workplace – employers and employees alike.
In addition to possible injury and loss of life, a serious fire can close down a workplace resulting in significant job losses. It is possible to reduce the threat of fire to people and property by teaching everyone to work together to prevent fires with comprehensive fire safety training.


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Why Workers Prefer Online Health and Safety Training

Why Safety Training is Important

EHS training is crucial for a good safety culture. In the US, 99 workers on average die each WEEK from workplace accidents.

Let’s take a quick look at the further benefits of EHS training:

  • Keeps health and safety at the forefront
  • Helps avoid the financial costs and lost production time of accidents
  • Builds a reputation as a safe employer
  • Happy workers

Despite its importance, health and safety training is regarded by some as dull and boring.

Workers with this mindset are hard to engage. Unfortunately, it is these workers who are likely to put themselves or their colleagues in danger.

So, how do you engage workers with workplace health and safety?

One way is to make health and safety fun by introducing gamification.

Another way is to introduce eLearning and blended learning to your safety training program. But first, what’s the difference between eLearning and traditional learning methods?

Traditional Learning vs eLearning and Blended Training

Traditional learning = teacher-led sessions with students sitting and listening to the lecture.
eLearning = learning completed online. In other words, electronic learning.
Blended learning = a mixture of traditional and eLearning approaches.


Traditional Learning

If you’re over a certain age, this type of learning will take you back to your school days. We all remember sitting looking at the clock and waiting for the bell to ring as the teacher droned on.

As a result, some of us associate traditional learning methods with our school days. In other words, we lose interest in the subject quickly.

However, that’s not to say there are no upsides to traditional learning methods:



Even though it’s a much newer form of education, eLearning has taken the training and education market by storm. So much so, a massive 98% of companies plan to use eLearning training methods by 2020.



Blended Learning

Arguably, blended learning is the best of both worlds. Sometimes referred to as hybrid learning, blended learning combines classroom instruction, apps, webinars, and eLearning for a well-rounded, progressive learning structure.


Online Safety Training for Workers

Do workers prefer traditional and online teaching methods?

There are many reasons learners enjoy eLearning. For example, short courses do not interfere with the working day. Courses are digestible, memorable and engaging. Best of all, online learning content is user-friendly.

Moreover, we live in a technologically advanced world. In the developed world, 81% of people have access to the internet. An estimated 5 billion people have mobile devices.

Looking at those numbers, it makes sense to place learning content on a platform the majority of us use every day.

Look at it this way: 50% of workers forget what they learned in an hour. We all know the importance of safety training, and what can happen when it’s forgotten.

It’s your job as an EHS professional to ensure the safety of workers. Is eLearning the answer?


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Police Officer Saves Infant’s Life With CPR

A veteran officer with the Vine Grove Police Department in Lousville, KY saves an infant’s life.

Brixten Muir is just 12 days old and has a lung condition. On Tuesday morning, he stopped breathing and went into cardiac arrest.

Officer Lamar Jones happened to be in the area when the call came in. The 40-year-old veteran officer performed CPR on the infant, with help from Officer Keith Ousley before paramedics arrived.

“The family’s watching, so I just go in and lay on my stomach and get down with the baby,” Jones said in a Skype interview. “I pulled his socks off. The legs were blue, the body was blue. I pulled his shirt up and then I just opened his mouth to see if it was clear, and then I gave him one big breath.”

Brixten was taken to Hardin Memorial Hospital before being transferred to Norton Children’s Hospital in Louisville. His parents were not allowed to ride in an ambulance with him due to social distancing protocols implemented during the current COVID-19 pandemic. So, Jones drove them himself.

“They didn’t think about, ‘Is anybody infected? Is anybody sick?'” said Carolyn Muir, the child’s grandmother. “They just came in, and they took over, and they did what they needed to do to save this child’s life…and I’m so grateful. We’re all grateful.”


Brixten is expected to live a normal life.

A father himself, Jones has experienced what Brixten’s parents went through. He said his daughter, now 11 years old, stopped breathing when she was born and was revived by hospital staff.

The Vine Grove Police Department announced that Officer Jones has earned its Lifesaving Award. He will also be nominated for the Hardin County Fire Chief’s Lifesaving Award.

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Source: https://www.wdrb.com/news/vine-grove-police-officer-credited-with-performing-cpr-and-saving-infants-life/article_146deb3e-7449-11ea-9f6d-831da164ab3c.html

Can You Find The Defibrillator At Work?

About 10,000 cardiac arrests happen in workplaces each year, according to the American Heart Association. Using an automatic external defibrillator can increase the chance of survival.

Do you know where your workplace’s automated external defibrillator is located? About half of all U.S. employees don’t, according to the results of an American Heart Association survey.

The survey also found that workers in the hospitality and service industry, which includes hotels and restaurants, were less likely to know the location of their workplace’s AED. About 66 percent of them didn’t know where it was. Workers in schools and other education facilities were the most likely to be able to find it: About 61 percent said they knew the AED’s location.

However, the survey didn’t follow up and ask whether the workplace had an AED, and also didn’t try to distinguish between who didn’t know where the AED was and those who didn’t know if there was an AED on site. That makes the findings less clear.

For every minute that you’re in cardiac arrest, you’re pulseless, your [chance of ] survival drops by 10 percent

An AED checks the heart’s rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm.

More than 350,000 cardiac arrests take place in the U.S. in locations other than hospitals each year, according to the American Heart Association. In 2015, Nancy Holland, a resident of Leawood, Kan., became one of them.

She went into cardiac arrest in the restroom of a restaurant where she had been eating dinner with her husband. The restaurant’s manager performed CPR until paramedics arrived with an AED.

Holland says she’s lucky the restaurant’s manager knew CPR, because it kept her “salvageable” until the paramedics showed up. When he started working as a restaurant manager, she says, his mom had told him he owed it to the customers to learn CPR — just in case.

Now whenever she walks into a building, she scans the walls looking for an AED.

“I hope I never need it, but it’s always in the back of my mind,” Holland says.

She also gives talks about the importance of CPR and AED training, emphasizing that cardiac arrest can happen to anyone.

Holland was in her 40s and didn’t have any health problems when she went into cardiac arrest. She had been to her doctor for a checkup just three weeks earlier.

And she’s now a board member of her local chapter of the HeartSafe Foundation, which provides free training in hands-only CPR and works to improve public access to AEDs.

She also says businesses should take precautions before an emergency happens.

About 10,000 cardiac arrests happen in workplaces each year, the AHA says.

More than half of employees — about 55 percent — aren’t offered first aid or CPR/AED training through their employer, the American Heart Association survey found. And sometimes employees have access to only one form of training.

But most of the 2,000 employees surveyed say their employers should offer first aid and CPR/AED training. Ninety percent say they would participate in training if their employers provided them.

Cost and fear of liability are two reasons that businesses don’t install AEDs.

A typical AED costs about $1,200 to $1,500 and prices have gone down over time as the technology becomes more widespread. Machines that once cost $3,000 now run under $1,000, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, which tracks the passage of laws related to AEDs.

When it comes to legal liability if an AED is used improperly and someone is injured or killed, in most states you’re protected by law.

In addition, AEDs have a built-in mechanism for analyzing heart rhythms and evaluating whether a shock is needed.

But AEDs do need to be maintained in order to be effective. Batteries should be replaced every two to five years, depending on the model. And the sticky pads that adhere to a cardiac arrest victim’s skin also come with expiration dates and need to be replaced about every two to three years.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration doesn’t require workplaces to have AEDs, but it does encourage employers to have them on-site.

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Sources: https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/06/19/533269211/can-you-find-the-defibrillator-at-work-half-of-people-say-no


Online Safety Training – A Great Solution For People Working From Home

Online Learning – Helping In More Ways

Due to the current Coronavirus situation, medical attention in a lot of areas is delayed or perhaps unsupported, so it is more important than ever to be trained and ready should a situation arise. While onsite CPR and Safety Training are being postponed, there are alternatives available right now such as Online Safety training or Blended learning which are excellent alternatives to keep your team trained and ready to respond.

If you or your team are working from home consider these training options.

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