Diet fads, useless promises that you will workout more and a costly gym membership all tend to be re-done every year. This you in 2017 should you look to have a safe 2017, for you, for your family, and your workplace.
Here are a few ideas of best practices in having a safe new year.
Always having Personal Protective Equipment
When a medical emergency happens, you can be exposed to possible infectious bodily fluids. That is why having personal protective equipment (PPE) will reduce the chance of infection. One of the most common protective devices is clinical gloves. The use of vinyl gloves are commonly used to prevent latex allergies.
A common problem most people have about gloves is not having them when an emergency happens. Here are a few ways options you can do to make sure we have gloves when you need them.
- A box of gloves are inexpensive, cause one box of 100 gloves is as little as 10 dollars.
- Break down the box of gloves into single pairs to place in little baggies, where you can place them in your wallet, purse or glove box.
- Make sure you have gloves where family has quick access.
- Always have a pair of gloves in every first aid kit.
If you by chance have an emergency that requires you to give breaths, such as CPR it helps to have a barrier device. The easiest one is the key chain face barrier. Some of these face barriers have gloves with them to have on hand. Another great barrier device is the simple face mask. These devices are great for your first aid kits. They come with a one-way valve for giving breaths and a pair of gloves. This is the best device to have for giving breaths.
Keep your family Safe with an Emergency Action Plan (EAP)
The emergency experts at ready.gov offer a number of downloadable communication plans to help you get your family members the information they need to stay safe and stay together during an emergency.
Along with plan templates, they suggest taking the following actions.
- Make sure all household members are able to get alerts about an emergency from local officials. Check with your local emergency management agency to see what is available in your area, and learn more about alerts by visiting: ready.gov/alerts.
- Discuss family/household plans for disasters that may affect your area and plan where to go. Plan together in advance so that everyone in the household understands where to go during a different type of disaster like a hurricane, tornado, or wildfire.
- Collect information. Create a paper copy of the contact information for your family that includes phone numbers (work, cell, office), email, social media, medical facilities, doctors, service providers, school.
- Share information. Make sure everyone carries a copy in his or her backpack, purse, or wallet. You should also post a copy in a central location in your home, such as your refrigerator or family bulletin board.
- Have regular household meetings to review your emergency plans and then practice, just like you would a fire drill.
Renewal Your Commitment to Safety in the Workplace.
For most of us, our exposure to safety training and topics comes through our workplace. But that training only works when we apply it in our daily tasks. This month, take a moment to revisit the tools and resources available to keep yourself safe when on the clock throughout the year.
- Always use the proper glove for the job, and make sure it is appropriate for the specific hazard. Consult the safety data sheet to determine which glove type is best before you begin working with a chemical.
- Before operating your equipment or tool, perform a hazard analysis of the work area. Make sure all guards are in place and are in proper working order. All unnecessary tools, material, and scrap should be removed from your work area.
- Inspect your footwear daily. Before putting on safety boots, check them over for cuts, cracks, or holes, and look for separation between the upper part of the boot and the sole. Make sure straps, buckles, and laces are in good condition, and replace them if they are not. Turn the shoes over and inspect the soles for pieces of metal or other embedded material that could cause a trip hazard or make the wearer vulnerable to a dangerous electrical exposure. Nonskid soles should be checked for tread wear.
- Keep your safety glasses and other eye protection equipment clean to improve visibility. Wash it regularly with mild soap and water or eyeglass cleaner. Polish with a soft cloth or tissue.
- Store your protective equipment carefully to avoid damage when not in use. Any damage to lenses or shields can lessen the impact-resistance and result in inadequate protection.
To make sure you are able to complete this new years resolution The Beating Heart Center is here to meet all your needs. We are now able to provide all your safety training from CPR to industrial safety. We now sale AEDs and we can help maintain your current AEDs to make sure they function when it counts. The Beating Heart Center’s new years resolution is to make sure you are able to have a safe 2017.