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Monthly Archives: December 2014

Planning for (and Avoiding) Suspension Trauma

suspension traumaWhile preventing accidental falls in the workplace must remain a priority, it’s important not to forget about injuries that can happen when you use fall prevention equipment. A not uncommon “after the fall” injury is suspension trauma.

What is Suspension Trauma?

Suspension trauma is the common name for orthostatic intolerance. It occurs when blood pools in leg veins, reducing the amount of blood in circulation.

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Latex Glove Alternatives for People With Latex Allergies

latex glove alternativesLatex allergies are a growing problem among workers—and especially healthcare workers. Some sources estimate that 10 percent of all health care workers suffer from latex allergies.

Fortunately, more and more latex glove alternatives are coming on to the market, giving healthcare workers and their employers a variety of options to choose from.

In this blog post, we’ll quickly review the problem of latex allergies and discuss the pros and cons of various latex glove alternatives.

Latex Allergies

Latex is made from a milky white sap produced by rubber trees. The sap is turned into liquid latex, which is used to make products such as rubber bands, balloons and surgical gloves. For years, latex was the most common type of disposable glove used in the healthcare field because of its excellent fit, comfort, strength, and barrier protection.

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How to Safely Store Unsafe Chemicals

store unsafe chemicalsMany workplaces use potentially hazardous chemicals as part of their manufacturing processes. Fortunately, you can mitigate chemical hazards through proper storage and handling procedures.

Here are a few tips to help you store unsafe chemicals safely:

1. Know your chemicals

Different chemicals have different properties. They may be flammable, corrosive or oxidizing/reducing. Some require storage at specific temperatures. Some are light sensitive. Some may be volatile or odiferous.

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Eyewear Sterilization Cabinets and Safety Goggles in Schools

eyewear sterilization cabinetsThere’s nothing like hands-on learning to inspire students, which is why school science laboratories are popular with both students and teachers.

But with school science labs come health and safety issues. And one common concern is how to properly clean and care for safety goggles and glasses used in school laboratories, especially when students share eyewear.

Unclean safety goggles and glasses can spread infection, such as colds and flu.

So what are your options for minimizing the spread of infections when sharing eyewear? Here are a few:

1. Purchase individual safety goggles

You might be able to circumvent the infection issue by purchasing a pair of goggles for each student—but this approach is expensive. Because of the cost, you may be tempted buy cheaper models, which tend to be less comfortable and fog up more easily. This, in turn, could make students more resistant to wearing them.

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