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 […]

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 […]

Get Back to Work: How to Prevent “Cyberloafing” in the Workplace

According to researchers from Kansas State University, between 60 and 80 percent of employees’ time on the Internet at work actually has nothing to do with work. This cyberloafing results in lost productivity and could even land companies in legal hot water if the online behavior is illegal or unacceptable (think porn on work computers). Corporate policies aimed at preventing cyberloafing, however, may not be enough on their own. Joseph Ugrin, assistant professor of accounting at Kansas State University, and John Pearson, associate professor of management at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, found that sanctions with policies must be consistently enforced for policies to be effective. Companies can spend significant […]

OSHA Urges Employers to Post Summary of 2012 Injuries, Illnesses

OSHA Form 300A OSHA is sending employers a reminder: Post the summary of all job-related injuries and illnesses incurred in 2012. Form 300A must be displayed from Feb. 1-April 30, 2013, in a common area where employee notices typically are posted. OSHA’s overview of recording work-related injuries and illnesses states: “The Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses (Form 300) is used to classify work-related injuries and illnesses and to note the extent and severity of each case. When an incident occurs, use the Log to record specific details about what happened and how it happened. The Summary — a separate form (Form 300A) — shows the totals for […]

Give Flu the Kiss-Off on Valentine’s Day

It might not be the most romantic advice to offer before Valentine’s Day, but this doctor’s heart is in the right place: Hold the kisses on Valentine’s Day if there’s a chance you or your partner has the flu. Jorge Parada, M.D., medical director, infectious disease at Loyola University Health System, points out that Valentine’s Day falls during the peak season for diseases like seasonal and H1N1 flu, mono and colds. And unfortunately, it might be difficult to ascertain whether your sweetie is sick with the flu: people with infectious diseases start shedding the virus before they experience the full effect of the illness. Parada offers the following tips to […]

The EHS Professional’s Sixth Sense

It sounds magical, almost Hollywood-like: to have the power to change the outcome of an event simply through the conviction of influence and willpower. Imagine arriving at an incident scene and possessing the keen ability to play it backwards. Imagine moving the person a quarter inch to the right or that rotating blade a half inch to the left or flashing that fated employee a blinking, fluorescent sign that says: “Stop and think or you will never see your family again!” Now imagine playing this scene again with the corrective measures in place and watching the alternative scenario develop before your eyes: the one where no one is injured, and […]