Public Pool Safety

ash-dowie-AQTob_BYSWs-unsplashAmericans who enjoy taking a dip in public pools to cool off during the summer face the danger of encountering “crypto,” a diarrhea-causing fecal parasite that is on the rise, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Cryptosporidium — which causes cryptosporidiosis — can lead to “profuse, watery diarrhea” among healthy adults suffering for as long as three weeks.

“The number of treated recreational water-associated outbreaks caused by cryptosporidium drives the summer seasonal peak in both waterborne cryptosporidiosis outbreaks and cryptosporidiosis outbreaks overall,” according to the CDC, which released a report Friday.

Although it’s almost never fatal, one death has been reported since 2009 — while 287 people were hospitalized between 2009 and 2017, according to the CDC, which found that the US has experienced a 13 percent spike in crypto outbreaks per year over time.

Crypto is usually spread by people — particularly children — who swim too soon after having suffering from diarrhea.

Leading causes include swallowing contaminated water in hot tubs, pools or water playgrounds, as well as contact with infected cattle people in child-care settings, according to the CDC.

Unlike most germs that are killed within minutes by disinfectants like chlorine or bromine, crypto can survive in chlorinated water for more than a week.

What can you do?

The CDC stated the best thing we can do to protect ourselves from crypto, is not swallow the water we swim in. The goal is to keep crypto out of the pool in the first place. The way to do that is not to swim or let our kid swim when we’re sick with diarrhea, and for two weeks following the cessation of the sickness.

The CDC also recommended going online and checking inspection scores on the local or state health department’s website before getting into a pool or swimmers doing their own inspection when they arrive.

The last recommendation is referred to as a “mini-inspection”, where you use test strips to check the chlorine level and the pH before getting in. Swimmers or parents of young swimmers, need to take a more active role to make sure we have a fun and healthy and safe time in the water this summer.

 

 

Summer & Water Safety Tips

SwimmingPoolWith summer in full swing, many people are spending the days outside, and near water!
Here are some tips to keep you, and the little ones, safe this summer season:
  • Be sure to wear protective sun screen while outside swimming, bbq’ing, or playing at the park. Re-apply as necessary! Bring pop-up shade shelters, hats, and sunglasses for added protection!
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day, especially if you’re planning on being in the sun.
  • Even if lifeguards are present, you (or another responsible adult) should stay with your children.
  • Be a “water watcher” – provide close and constant attention to children you are supervising; avoid distractions including cell phones.
  • Teach children to always ask permission to go near water.
  • Children, inexperienced swimmers, and all boaters should wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets
  • Always make sure there is sober supervision at the pool even if there is a lifeguard, appoint someone specifically so nothing goes miscommunicated; keep younger children within arms reach!
  • Keep a watchful eye on drink coolers. As the ice melts, these items can become a drowning hazard for curious toddlers who look in the cooler and are unable to get themselves out.
  • Drink alcoholic beverages responsibly, DO NOT DRIVEif you’ve been drinking, and be sure to drink plenty of water since alcohol can dehydrate you.
  • If you plan on drinking, be sure to have alternate transportation planned out ahead of time.
  • Always have a swim buddy, and never swim under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Don’t forget to have fun!

Forklift Training and Certification

images (10)With warmer weather upon us, people are out and about in the summer buzz. As a result, businesses and employees may be working harder; this means moving and stocking more product! To aid in such jobs companies use forklifts, which are not to be taken lightly. 

Operating a forlift takes knowledge and skill. Many employees may already know or be certified in operating these machines, however it’s imperative that each individual undergo initial and periodic training and recertification.

You may be wondering:

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Life Hack: Vehicle Emergency!

Did you know?

The headrest of car seats are deliberately kept detachable and sharp so that it could be used to break open the glass in the windows of your car in case of a fire or emergency. The car’s glass are kept easily breakable from the inside for this reason as well. Share this with as many people as you know, it could save a life!

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Slip and Fall Prevention

Although we’ve seen it in the cartoons and in the movies a million times, not many people actually slip on banana peels. And while the results may produce a few chuckles in the theater, falls are nothing to laugh at. In fact, some estimates put the number of disabling injuries resulting from falls at over 30,000 per year. The number of deaths is close to 12,000 a year, yes, from slipping, tripping, or falling.

Tips to prevent slip/fall accident:

  • Watch where you are going
  • Look out for
    • hidden steps
    • loose, irregular surfaces
    • smooth surfaces where shoes may loose traction
    • wet spots
    • oil and grease

Some additional things to look out for include:

  • unsafe chairs
  • moving too fast
  • obstructed aisles
  • bad lighting
  • improper shoes

Safety is everyone’s responsibility, passive regard in any setting could end in injury, hospitalization, or death.

Tips for Good Housekeeping will follow in our Newsletter, Paladin’s Telegram, for March. Stay tuned!

Puppies Reduce Stress!

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Okay, okay, we can’t give puppies all the credit here. It’s actually baby animals in general! A  research study has proven that looking at pictures of baby animals, largely puppies and kittens, has dramatic effects on an individual.

These effects include: improved mood, concentration, attention to detail, increased compassion, lower blood pressure, and the biggest effect is REDUCING STRESS. In today’s world, where stress is linked to the six leading causes of death, we need to be proactive in managing it.

The American Psychological Association states initial signs of chronic stress may include feeling “fatigued, unable to concentrate or irritable for no good reason”.

How does this relate to the workplace and safety?

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Employer Responsibilities – Accident Investigations

Topic: Accident Investigation Forms

Importance: Requirement

The Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act of 1970 requires certain employers to prepare and maintain records of work related injuries and illnesses. In fulfillment of this requirement, Continue reading “Employer Responsibilities – Accident Investigations”

Fire Safety.

Don’t wait till you smell smoke to ask, what should I do in the event of a fire?

Fire Safety is an important part of being prepared. It’s not enough to know where the exits are, what items to grab on the way out, or when and how to help others. Fire preparedness includes preemptive measures as well!

Some preliminary questions to consider are:

Do you have a fire alarm?How would employee communication work in the event of an emergency? Where is the safety rendezvous point? 
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First Aid Ready!

What would happen today, if there was an accident at your workplace? Would employees and management know what to do? Would the injured person get the best possible care?

When an accident happens, a First Aid Program that meets the requirements of the law and is tailored to the type and size of the workplace can literally make the difference between life and death, or between recovery and permanent disablement. Continue reading “First Aid Ready!”