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Should Your Children Learn First Aid

Only 7 percent of the AU population has the skills and confidence to carry out basic first aid in an emergency. Putting first aid in to the basic education from an early age can play a vital role in turning this problem around.

We all know what kids are like, they are the ones who are most likely to push boundaries and get themselves into dangerous situations. So, since it is very unlikely that they are going to change, they should at least be able to deal with an emergency if one of them hurt themselves. And it is much more common to have to deal with an emergency than most may think. Research shows nearly 90 percent of 11 to 16-year-olds have been confronted with a medical emergency. With these statistics, it only makes sense to put first aid training into the curriculum.

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When it comes to teenagers, they are likely to drink more alcohol than their body can handle and could end up hurting themselves. A study by the British Red Cross revealed that more than 532,000 young teenagers have been left to cope with a drunk friend who was sick, injured or unconscious in the last year alone. These statistics are extremely worrying since most teenagers don’t know first aid. Just imagine if your child had to take care of their friend after they had been drinking too heavily. Do you think they could successfully take care of them and make sure that no major harm came to them? This is a question you should be asking yourself in case your child is ever in this situation.

If one of your child’s friends suffered from asthma and took an asthma attack, can you safely say that your children will know what to do to save their friend if they are with them because your child will want to help? This is because children are less likely to experience the ‘Bystander Effect’ – the more people there are at the scene of an accident, the less likely anyone is to help as they all expect someone else to take charge. So, if someone faints, has a heart attack or falls and breaks a bone, a child is more likely to help than an adult and that is why it is so important for children to learn first aid.

Your child taking part in first aid training courses will ensure that by learning their new skills, we will have a new culture of first aid. People who suffer heart attacks away from the hospital are also more likely to survive in places where first aid is taught in schools. This will give a whole generation of children growing up with the skills and confidence to save a life.

Safety Designed To Keep Employees Safe

I was in one of my local big box member’s only club last week, and while the stock on the shelves was low because of the Easter Holiday rush. The stockers all had large flat beds full of stock for the shelves. It’s so important in a retail location to instruct employees on the use of box cutters, and to buy cutters that have safety features built in. If the features are built in it increases knife safety by making it easy to comply with store and federal safety regulations. These features help in minimizing the risk factor while undertaking any cutting task. At Martor USA, these cutters are designed and created by keeping the various applications in mind. One of the features of the safety cutter is that sharp edges of the blade are protected from the user. Whether it a manual retracting, concealed blade, or automatic self retracting blade let Martor USA fill your online shopping cart today and help your safety manager ensure safe cutting practices will be followed.

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Special Bladed Knives To Cut Plastic Sheeting


If your finished product will need protection and you are using plastic wrapping or plastic sheeting on the finished product, MartorUSA.com has the safety knife for you. Since each material is different (roll, sheeting, bubble wrap, strapping), almost every project requires a different cutter. It isn’t always the case that one cutter can cut all material without causing injury. Martor has a whole line of concealed blade cutters specially designed for cutting sheet material. Find stretch wrap cutters that allow for ease of use and highly simplified blade change capability. Martor makes the job easy with high quality cutters for almost any material you can think of, while keeping safety in mind.

Occupational Health Professionals

We offers industry-leading medical surveillance and a secure health portal for simplified scheduling and single-point access in employee health clinincs. Your data can be quickly accessed and analyzed, which makes it easy to identify risks and report and reduce injuries. Let us take care of your data so you can take care of your people.

As an occupational health nurse, compliance and data reporting are necessary parts of your job, but managing them shouldn’t get between you and your important work of caring for people. Whether you run a hospital-affiliated health program in many locations or a freestanding clinic, we know that it’s difficult to find a high quality and easy-to-use program that keeps this sensitive data up-to-date and secure. That’s why We created OHM.

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Our occupational health management software, OHM is the complete software solution for your workplace health data management needs. Our workflow is designed to easily manage your day-to-day Medical Surveillance and clinical encounters. The Compliance Reporting module identifies OSHA recordables and automates required reporting, and our built-in guidelines in Case Management help you establish return-to-work timelines. With OHM, your data can be quickly accessed and analyzed, which makes reporting easy and helps you identify risks and reduce injuries. Best of all, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that with OHM your data is held securely and safely offsite.

OHM goes further with features like our Employee Health Portal that empowers employees to be responsible for their own health and wellness, while reducing unnecessary visits and calls to your clinic. And, our Mobile Vaccine App eliminates paper consent forms and takes your vaccination campaign directly to your employees, right where they work.

What is workplace health and safety?

Safety At Work

Work Health and safety describes policies and procedures put into place to ensure the safety and health of employees within a workplace. It Involves hazard identification and control according to government standards and ongoing safety training and education for employees.

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Safety in your workplace
It’s important to know where you stand when it comes to your safety rights on the job. Whatever your type of employment – full time, part time, casual – your employer needs to make sure your workplace is safe and healthy for everyone, and you need to make sure you speak up if you feel unsafe.

Safety in your workplace
It’s important to know where you stand when it comes to your safety rights on the job. Whatever your type of employment – full time, part time, casual – your employer needs to make sure your workplace is safe and healthy for everyone, and you need to make sure you speak up if you feel unsafe.

Your safety rights at work
Remember that wherever you work and whatever type of work you do, you have the right:

To be shown how to work safely
When you first start a job you’re entitled to a workplace induction. This means you should have safety procedures explained to you, be shown the layout of the workplace and be introduced to your health and safety representative (HSR), workmates and supervisor. Your supervisor should be available to provide advice during your day to day work and should closely monitor the way you do things until you can work safely.

To make sure you can work safely, you also have the right to on the job training and to be shown how to use the tools and equipment needed for your job.

To be given the safety gear you need ( PPE )

From goggles to gloves, safety boots to hardhats, your boss needs to provide you with the gear to do your job safely. They need to make sure it’s in good condition and that you know how to wear it properly.

To speak up
If you’re not sure how to do something safely, ask for help or training before you attempt it.

It’s important to tell your supervisor or HSR if you think there may be a safety issue in your workplace. Slippery floors, faulty equipment, lack of protective gear, or bullying are some examples of health and safety issues.

To say no to unsafe work
If you think something could be dangerous and you continue to work without speaking up, the consequences could be long term.If you’re asked to do something you think may be unsafe, stop what you’re doing and ask for help. You have the right to refuse unsafe work.

Video review: Manual Handling

There is something I always make sure I teach my new workers, the importance of correct manual handling. Today I’m going to be sharing a video that was done by Safetycare on Youtube, you can check them out! They have a nice amount of safety videos on their profile that you can check out, and you can never learn too much about safety! I’ll link the video here and we can have a quick look at it afterwards.

 

Desk Safety and Ergonomics

We have currently been going through and talking about a lot of safety in our blog posts (safety blog posting about safety who would have thought), most of our focus has been based more on industry safety, electrical safety and this is very important but it has mainly been things that are based in a more hands-on workplace. We could have some managers reading the blogs or office workers, people who work primarily on computers. There is actually a lot of hazards in an office environment and although some people will likely scoff at this statement and even though a lot of the incidents would not be as serious in another workplace, obviously you are probably not going to get horrifically injured or killed in an office, however, it that does not mean you shouldn’t take precautions to make sure you stay healthy. You should never get injured at work, in any scenario. Especially if it is easily avoidable.

Ergonomics

If you have ever worked in an office you understand that a vast majority of your day is spent sitting at your computer, this presents many problems and can cause several health issues. Some of the issues that can arise are easily fixed by improving the way in which you work at your desk. Ergonomic equipment is a must. This includes an appropriate chair, desk and even keyboard/mouse. Let’s start with the chair. There are some really simple steps you can take with any computer chair you are sitting in to greatly increase your comfort/health.

    1. Push your hips as far back as they can go in the chair.
    2. Adjust the seat height so your feet are flat on the floor and your knees equal to, or slightly lower than, your hips.
    3. Adjust the back of the chair to a 100°-110° reclined angle.
    4. Adjust the armrests (if fitted) so that your shoulders are relaxed.

These are some simple steps in regards to your chair that you can carry out. A lot of what is safety around a computer desk is based upon comfort, however, comfort is not always the most important thing. You want to remain seated with good posture like above, don’t let comfort get in the way of your health, sitting properly is a simple thing to do and it can help immensely.

In regards to your desk, a new thing that has been around for a little while now is desks that are height adjustable. This is a great thing to have if you can afford it for your workplace, or can justify the need for it to your bosses. A desk that adjusts to a height that enables you to stand up and work is a god send. It may sound weird but it is great. You obviously do not spend your entire day standing up at your desk (unless you’re that way inclined) but it is great to alternate between sitting and standing. It gets you to move around a bit and it helps stretch you out and you can continue doing your work.

Keyboards and mice can also be used incorrectly, make sure you have your keyboard positioned away from the front edge of your desk, the majority of the forearm is supposed to be on the desk with the fingers sitting comfortably on the middle row of keys. If sitting at a scalloped desk, the keyboard and mouse can be closer to the edge of the desk as the forearms can be supported by the desk shaping around the body.

This has just been a few simple tips that can greatly increase your comfort levels at work but also your safety, you don’t want to be twinging your back or neck while sitting at a desk now do you?