October 2019 | Volume 13 Issue 10.2
Product Recall: SPRI Ultra Heavy Resistance Bands. According to an October 4, 2019 Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recall, Fit For Life has recalled it’s SPRI Ultra Heavy Resistance Bands due to injury hazard. The rubber resistance bands can separate from the handle and strike consumers, posing an injury hazard. This recall involves SPRI ultra heavy resistance tubes or bands used for exercising. They are black with nylon webbing and have SPRI printed on the handles in white. Some units have KN08/18, KN09/18 or KN10/18 printed on the handle. Model number 02-71669 is printed on the bottom of the packaging. Fit for Life has received 10 reports of incidents. In six of the incidents, consumers received contusions, abrasions and lacerations. Consumers should stop using the recalled ultra-heavy resistance tubes immediately and contact Fit for Life for a refund or a free replacement resistance band.
Snowstorms & Extreme Cold. Winter is around the corner, and Ready.gov wants you to know how to stay safe when a winter storm threatens. Winter storms create a higher risk of car accidents, hypothermia, frostbite, carbon monoxide poisoning, and heart attacks from overexertion. Winter storms and blizzards can bring extreme cold, freezing rain, snow, ice, and high winds. A winter storm can:
- Last a few hours or several days;
- Knock out heat, power, and communication services; and
- Place older adults, young children, and sick individuals at greater risk.
If you are under a winter storm warning, find shelter right away:
- Stay off roads.
- Stay indoors and dress warmly.
- Prepare for power outages.
- Use generators outside only and away from windows.
- Listen for emergency information and alerts.
- Look for signs of hypothermia and frostbite.
- Check on neighbors.
World Swim Day. World Swim Day, supported by MySwimPro, Inc., is celebrated on the fourth Saturday of October every year. The holiday promotes living a healthy lifestyle through swimming and raises awareness for the importance of water safety. World Swim Day events are independently organized around the world for swimmers of all ages. There are over 100 million fitness swimmers in the world, and yet there are over 4 billion people who do not know how to swim. Supporting World Swim Day means you share our passion for the water. You believe in humanity’s equal right to learn how to swim and wish to empower people around the world to be active in the water. Click HERE to register for free, or to host an event, click HERE to access the World Swim Day Event – Host Request Form.
Safety and The Small Business is the title of a September 22, 2019 Safety+Health Magazine article by Barry Bottino. Bottino states that just because small businesses may not have the same resources doesn’t mean a safety program is out of reach. The benefits of operating safely far outweigh the consequences of a serious incident: According to a 2015 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, worker injuries and illnesses cost U.S. businesses $225.8 billion a year. So, what holds small businesses back? Click HERE to read the full article.
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Flu Update: A Message for Caregivers & Teachers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends vaccination with an injectable flu vaccine for everyone 6 months and older before the end of October, if possible. Though flu seasons vary in their timing from season to season, getting vaccinated by the end of October helps ensure that staff, children, and parents are protected before flu activity begins to increase in their community. With school back in session, there are important steps that child care providers and programs can take to protect children from flu-related illness. Now is the time to prepare for next flu season. Update your program’s family contact information and child records, so parents can be reached quickly if they need to pick up their sick child. Examine and revise your child care programs written plan for seasonal flu. Schedule flu prevention education for program staff. Review policies on immunizations, hand washing; cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting surfaces and toys; and excluding (sending home) children who are sick. Consider displaying educational materials to encourage vaccination, good hand hygiene and cough/sneeze etiquette. Help families understand the important roles they can play in reducing the spread of flu. Plan to distribute a customized letter to parents about flu prevention and control practices in your program. Consider requiring flu vaccine for all child care workers and children who attend child care, even if your state does not require it. This will not only help to prevent flu infection, but it will also reduce the spread within the classroom. Click HERE for more information on flu prevention from the CDC.
Fall Protection. According to a September 10th Safety+Health Magazine article, for the ninth consecutive year, Fall Protection – General Requirements is the Occupational Health & Safety Administration’s (OSHA) most frequently cited standard, the agency and Safety+Health announced at the National Safety Council 2019 Congress & Expo. The rest of the preliminary list of OSHA’s Top 10 violations for fiscal year 2019 also remained largely unchanged from FY 2018, with only one minor adjustment. Lockout/Tagout, which ranked fifth in FY 2018, climbed one spot to No. 4, trading places with Respiratory Protection. “Far too many preventable injuries and deaths occur on the job,” NSC President and CEO Lorraine M. Martin said in a Sept. 10 press release. “The OSHA Top 10 list is a helpful guide for understanding just how adept America’s businesses are in complying with the basic rules of workplace safety. This list should serve as a challenge for us to do better as a nation and expect more from employers. It should also serve as a catalyst for individual employees to recommit to safety.” Click HERE for information on Safe-Wise Consulting’s Occupational Health & Staff Safety Program.
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