Don’t Let Jack Frost Nip Your Ears: Keeping Ears Safe and Sound (and Warm and Dry)

Ears are delicate, so keep them warm and dry in the winter. And don’t neglect hearing devices when preparing for winter weather conditions. Rough weather, particularly cold conditions, can present challenges for exposed body parts, particularly the ears. Ears cool down very quickly because they have no protective fat tissue. The nerves in the ear canal run unprotected under the skin and may react with a strong pain impulse to changing temperatures. In addition, the risk of infection in the ears increases in cold conditions because less blood is circulated. Cold and wind can irritate the ear canal, which often causes pain, while water in the ears can […]

Coffeyville Resources Refining and Marketing to Pay Millions to Settle Violations of Clean Water Act

EPA dispatched two on-scene coordinators (OSCs) to Coffeyville, Kansas on July 1, 2007, following strong storms across south central and southeast Kansas that produced torrential rainfall and subsequent flooding/flash flooding. On July 2, 2007, additional OSCs were dispatched to Coffeyville with the EPA Mobile Command Post to perform monitoring and coordinate pollution assessments related to the flooding. They determined that thousands of gallons of oil, oily water and diesel fuel had been released into the Verdigris River by Coffeyville Resources Refining & Marketing. On July 1, 2007, Coffeyville Resources Refining & Marketing (CRRM) discharged approximately 2,145 barrels of crude oil, diesel fuel, and oil water from its petroleum […]

Learn Not to Burn® Level 1 makes fire safety fun in the classroom

Learn Not to Burn® Level 1 makes fire safety fun in the classroom February 15, 2013 – To a first grader, not being able to find his/her favorite book may feel like an emergency. But does it warrant calling 9-1-1? The National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) comprehensive fire safety curriculum Learn Not to Burn (LNTB) Level 1 can help children answer this question. Using emergency sorting cards with options like “I have nothing to do” and “my house is on fire,” teachers can present a lesson that helps children understand what constitutes an emergency. Designed for the first grade, LNTB Level 1 provides an easy-to-use guide for teachers. Teachers present six fire safety messages – […]

5 Metropolitan Areas Where Green Jobs and Latino Workers Meet

A new report from the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) puts the spotlight on five U.S. metropolitan areas where green economies and the Latino work force meet: Knoxville, Tenn.; McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas; Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, Ark.; Albuquerque, N.M.; and Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, Calif. NCLR’s report, Bright Green: Five Metropolitan Areas Where the Latino Workforce and the Clean Economy Overlap, compares the education and occupation profiles of Latinos and green jobs and stresses that the benefits of emerging green industries extend beyond a healthier environment. In general, green jobs pay higher wages than many traditional Hispanic occupations and are more accessible to workers without a 4-year college degree. “The […]

Infographic: The Cost of Workers Comp Payments Is $1 Billion per Week

This infographic, “Workplace Injuries: Cost and Cause” from BOLT Insurance, highlights how much money workplace injuries cost business every year and the most common causes of injuries. The top 10 causes of disabling injuries are overexertion, fall on same level, fall to lower level, bodily reaction, struck by object, highway incident, caught in/compressed by, struck against object, repetitive motion and assault/violent act. More than 50 percent of the nonfatal injuries are caused by overexertion or falling. Indirect costs include training replacement employees, accident investigation, lost productivity, etc., and can be 20 times higher than direct medical and wage replacement costs. The industries with the largest percentage of workers’ compensation claims […]