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Wildfire Smoke Protection for Outdoor Workers

Wildfires in the United States continue to be a major threat. Each year more and more acres are burning as fires spread throughout dry terrains. The increased spread of fire is due to changes in the climate such as drier vegetation and stronger winds which are feeding flames and kindling these dangerous fires.

Just this week, areas of Montana, Washington, and California are watching wildfires spread or are under a severe watch for them.

The issue is more than just burning land, however. These fires are also ruining air quality. The more wildfires we have, the more smoke and pollution like fine particles are entering our lungs through the air we breathe each day.

For workers who must spend their days outside this becomes an even bigger issue. Especially when they are located close to an area with a wildfire burning.

To protect workers, Cal/OSHA recommends that businesses provide protective equipment such as face masks and other required respirator equipment to lessen their exposure to dangerous gases and particles in the air. Even after a fire has stopped burning risk from ashes in the air can be present so be sure that employees who work outdoors remain protected at all times.

Remember too, OSHA can issue fines for non-compliance on a per-employee basis. It’s about more than just protecting your workers from dangerous situations and workplace injuries – it’s about protecting yourself and your business from costly fines.

Shop 1st Aid Supplies for personal protective equipment that is fully compliant with all relevant OSHA and ANSI standards. We have products for use by the general industry to shipyards, construction, white collar jobs, and more. If you’re in charge of a workplace and the safety of employees, you can trust 1stAidSupplies.com to give you the tools you need.

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Chemical Exposure: Tips for a Safe Workplace

Workplaces across the U.S. have chemicals present at their premises that can put workers in danger if improper handling or unsafe storage of those irritants occurs. The Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA) has a number of rules in place to protect workers and employers from serious injuries and hefty fines.

Part of OSHA’s “Worker Rights” include the right to proper training on job functions as well as safe handling of chemicals and other dangers present in the work environment. Employees also have the right to request that employers correct known hazards and can even request that OSHA perform an inspection of the premises.

Chemical danger from skin irritations and disorders to respiratory illnesses and more serious long-term problems are all possible risks when exposure to chemicals are present. Here are some tips for keeping your workplace safe.

Offer Frequent Training

Identifying hazards and correcting any issues as well as offering training to employees on how to handle the handling safely to prevent injury is critical. Have a chemical hygiene plan that all employees understand and know how to address situations should they arise. Offer this training frequently to keep the information current and fresh in all new and senior employee’s minds.

Use Personal Protective Equipment

Perhaps the most important supplies to order for workplaces where dangerous chemicals are handled or come anywhere near workers is protective equipment. Goggles, face shields, gloves and coveralls are all necessary to protect the skin and internal organs from coming into contact with the chemicals.

Order First Aid Supplies

Keeping a well-stocked first aid kit is a requirement for any workplace. However, with chemical dangers present, there will also need to be supplies added to the kit to address accidents under these conditions. Supplies such as eyewash stations, showers and cleaners and proper signage for dangerous areas and proper extinguishers should all be present on location.  

1stAidSupplies.com offers protective equipment to keep workers safe when dealing with a number of hazardous situations including battery acid and chemical spills.

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Heat Wave Safety Precautions at Work

States across the nation are currently battling extreme temps and the heat isn’t expected to diminish just yet. While there are plenty of ways to stay cool and advisories to be out of the sunlight during these days, there are some workers who cannot avoid being outdoors. It’s with extreme caution that these employers and workers should approach work when a heat wave is in effect.

Here are some precautions that must be taken to avoid serious dangers.

Know the Signs of Heat Exhaustion

Summer is a season when feeling hot and getting sweaty are part of the job for outdoor workers. However when those conditions become severe and are coupled with dizziness and headaches or stomach issues and even unconsciousness, there is a threat for heat exhaustion. As the body goes into overdrive the risk of shock and even stroke become greater. Age, weight and physical activity levels all have an effect on the possibility of heat illness as well.

Stay Hydrated & Wear Light Clothing

To avoid heat exhaustion it’s important to stay hydrated and drink plenty of fluids even before you become thirsty. If at all avoidable, do not spend time outdoors during the hottest times of the day when the sun is at full exposure and remember to dress appropriately. Depending the type of work and hazards present on site, you should be wearing light clothing to further prevent body temperatures from rising and working too hard to maintain normal temperatures.

Maintain Safe Working Conditions

Since a heatwave is more than just a hot day in the middle of summer (it’s defined as a prolonged period of high temperatures combined with humidity and other dangerous conditions) it’s important to know the compliance rules for maintaining a safe workplace. When possible use portable air conditioning and cooling units, allow for extra breaks for workers and supply plenty of water to assist with hydration throughout the day.

Train for Heat-related Treatment

If someone is showing signs of heat distress on the job, it’s important to immediately get them some cold water to cool them off and hydrate them. Also get them out of the sun as soon as possible and seek immediate medical attention. Training programs that offer practical tips for avoiding heat exhaustion on the job and how to handle extreme weather conditions is critical.

1st Aid Supplies is your one stop shop for emergency tools and kits. We have everything to treat sun burns, blisters and more for your worksite.   

 
Stay Safe from Germs with These First Aid Kit Essentials

The spread of germs is a serious problem when it comes to controlling flu epidemics and other airborne diseases. Learning how to remain sanitary in times of crisis can be the difference between life and death.

While one of the easiest ways to stop germs from spreading is washing one's hands frequently, it’s not the only way or always an option. Germ protection nonetheless is important. Be sure to include these items when building your first aid box to keep you and others protected.

Gloves

Vinyl and latex gloves provide optimal protection for the hands of those who must come in contact with harmful conditions. Bacteria spread through bodily fluids is nothing to mess with. Use gloves as a critical barrier and throw them away immediately after use.

Mask

Germs are also easily passed through the air. From a sneeze to other airborne viruses entering the mouth, the best protection is the use of a surgical face mask to filter our particles and bacteria while still being able to breathe.  

Antiseptic Spray & Wipes

Since soap and water are key to preventing the spread of disease, having antiseptic wipes or sprays on hand can help quickly remove germs and bacteria from the hands in emergency situations. The spray can also be used to clean up wounds of dirt and debris before dressing them.

Gauze & Bandages

Covering wounds is important for anyone who is injured as these areas can easily become infected when bacteria enter. Keep your first aid cabinet stocked with various size bandages, gauze, and band-aids to cover cuts scrapes and larger wounds.

Antibacterial Sanitizer

When it's not possible to wash hands, having hand sanitizer available can help reduce the spread of viruses. Hand sanitizer can effectively kill most germs in a matter of seconds to help keep people healthy.

Biohazard Waste Bags

Blood and other potentially infectious materials or bodily fluids must be contained away from the public to prevent the spread of disease. With biohazard bags, you can easily dispose of infectious waste with care.

1stAidSupplies.com is your top shop for everything you need to fill a quality first aid kit.  We carry everything from disaster preparedness kits for 20 people to survive for 3 days, complete with food, water, sanitation, and medical tools and supplies you need to keep family and friends healthy and safe until first responders can arrive on the scene.

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First Aid Training & Your Business: Can You Really Afford to Skip It?

As any successful business can attest to, employees are critical to operations and longevity. Their health, safety and enthusiasm at work are what make ongoing success possible. In addition to abiding by laws and regulations, it’s important to provide workers with an environment they feel safe and welcome in. For some businesses that may mean additional training, more team building events, or even additional securities put in place.

Whether you operate a business out of an office or have multiple busy construction sites, keeping employee health in mind is critical. Investing in their safety by purchasing protective equipment is a great way to ensure they have needed resources. Another way to build their confidence on the job is to offer training in life-saving tactics like CPR.

Medical emergencies happen around the clock and across workplaces. Whether workers are prepared for them or not. Consider adding first aid training courses to reduce the risk of crisis or further injury in times of disaster.

Faster response time can lead to greater survival rates and workers who are confident about handling critical situations are less likely to panic when they are actually happening. These first aid training courses are related to specific workplace risks and many are even mandated by OSHA so be sure to check that you’re in compliance.

The investment in first aid training courses are well worth it when less medical bills and happier, more productive employees are the result.

1stAidSupplies.com provides safety and first aid cd's for purchase that your company can use to train employees along with supplies to keep your first aid kits and first aid cabinets fully stocked with appropriate supplies.

Our website also offers a number of resources and information outlets for first aid training CPR, and OSHA classes