Excessive sweating can cause employees to lose important minerals their bodies need to function properly. Safeguard workers in hot weather by offering heat stress relief with Medi-Lyte electrolyte tablets.
Each tablet contains calcium carbonate, potassium chloride, and magnesium oxide – essential active ingredients that ease muscle cramping and fatigue caused by electrolyte loss through sweating. Tablets have no added sodium and are lactose- and sugar-free to accommodate employees with various health concerns.
Medique® Medi-Lyte Electrolyte Replenisher Tablets are a convenient choice for hot work environments. A handy dispenser box comes stocked with 50 individually wrapped doses of two tablets each. Instructions are printed on each package to ensure proper use and tablets are coated, making them easy to swallow.
Help workers control heat stress and reduce the risk of heat exhaustion and heat stroke by replenishing lost electrolytes. Maintain employee health and productivity in hot temperatures by providing drinks, shade, breaks, and heat stress relief products like Medi-Lyte electrolyte tablets.
Lyme disease is a health concern for outdoor workers in multiple areas of the country. Employees in construction, oil drilling, landscaping, forestry, land surveying, utilities, farming, and many other industries may be exposed to increased risk.
The following quiz is based on information outlined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). To test your basic knowledge of Lyme disease and how to prevent it, answer the questions below, consult the answer key, and award yourself one point for each correct answer. Then check to see how you scored!
1. Areas of the United States at high or moderate risk of Lyme disease include all of the following EXCEPT:
a. Several counties in the Northeast
b. Part of Northern California
c. The entire state of Idaho
d. Areas surrounding the Great Lakes
2. To determine Lyme disease risk in an area, employers can:
a. Inquire with local and state health departments
b. Visit a local library to research previous studies
c. Count the number of employees who contract Lyme disease
d. See how easily workers can attract ticks
3. Lyme disease:
a. Is spread by certain types of ticks
b. Is caused by bacteria found in the gut of some ticks
c. May be transmitted when infected ticks attach to the skin and feed
d. All of the above
4. All of the following are symptoms of Lyme disease EXCEPT:
a. A rash in the shape of a “bulls-eye”
b. Fever and swollen lymph nodes
c. Peeling skin and glazed eyes
d. Fatigue, stiff neck, and achy joints and muscles
5. It is important to ensure Lyme disease patients receive antibiotics to avoid:
a. Encephalitis, psychosis, and a common cold
b. Nerve and brain disorders, arthritis, muscle pain, and heart disease
c. Emphysema, asthma, and acute respiratory illness
d. Osteoporosis, eczema, acne, and strep throat
6. Outdoor workers can reduce their risk of Lyme disease by doing all of the following EXCEPT:
a. Staying away from tick habitats like wooded or grassy areas
b. Removing tall grass, leaves, and brush from work areas
c. Reducing the number of breaks taken during the workday
d. Applying the appropriate repellent to non-facial areas of the skin
7. To make ticks easier to see, workers can:
a. Wear light-colored clothing
b. Shine a black light on work surfaces
c. Cover their skin in tick-revealing lotions
d. Wear magnifying safety glasses
8. To reduce the risk of tick bites, employees should wear:
b. Protective clothing like coveralls or long-sleeved shirts and pants
c. High boots or closed shoes that cover the whole foot
d. All of the above
9. Another way to reduce the risk of being bitten by a tick is:
a. Applying permethrin to clothing and appropriate repellants to skin
b. Spraying skin heavily with cologne or perfume
c. Speaking in a loud voice throughout the work day
d. Drinking large amounts of caffeinated beverages
10. To decrease their chance of Lyme disease, after performing outside work, employees should do all of the following EXCEPT:
a. Take a shower
b. Check their body for ticks, removing any they find with tweezers and cleansing the area with antiseptic
c. Go to sleep immediately
d. Wash and dry clothing in hot temperatures
ANSWER KEY: 1 – c, 2 – a, 3 – d, 4 – c, 5 – b, 6 – c, 7 – c, 8 – d, 9 – a, 10 – c
0 – 5 points: Knowledge is power! Seek information on Lyme disease prevention and be sure to share it with outdoor workers.
6 – 9 points: Good job, but you may want to brush up on information dealing with ticks and Lyme disease.
10 points: Congratulations! You know a lot about Lyme disease.
Combustible materials can burn quickly. When in dust form, some can explode when suspended in the air in certain concentrations and under the right circumstances.
A wide variety of materials can be explosive in dust form. Some of these materials include tobacco, plastics, wood, paper, pulp, rubber, furniture, textiles, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, dyes, coal, metals, fossil fuels, and food such as sugar, spice, starch, flour, or feed.
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) advises employers to protect workers by identifying any combustible dusts in the workplace and developing plans and procedures to help prevent explosions. Facilities assessing the potential for dust explosions may find the following possible hazards:
• Materials that are explosive when in dust form
• Activities that use, consume, or produce combustible dusts
• Open and hidden areas where combustible dusts may build up
• Activities that cause dusts to spread into the air
• Potential ignition sources
Once these risk factors are identified, employers can help reduce the risk of fires and explosions by controlling dust and ignition sources and training employees to recognize and take action against hazards. Some guidelines offered by OSHA for controlling dusts include:
• Minimize the escape of dust from equipment, power tools, or ventilation systems by using dust collection systems and filters
• Use surfaces that are easy to clean and minimize dust accumulation
• Provide access to all hidden areas to allow for inspection
• Regularly inspect for dust residues in open and hidden areas
• Regularly clean dust residues
• When ignition sources are present, use cleaning methods that do not create dust clouds
• Only use vacuum cleaners approved for dust collection
• Position relief valves away from dust hazard areas
• Develop and put into effect frequent hazardous dust inspections, testing, housekeeping, and control programs, preferably in writing
OSHA also provides recommendations for controlling ignition sources that might cause combustible dusts to explode. Some of these recommendations are:
• Use proper electrical equipment and wiring methods
• Control static electricity, including bonding of equipment to ground, smoking, open flames, sparks, and friction
• Keep materials with the potential to ignite separate from dusts and process materials
• Keep dusts away from heated surfaces and systems
• Use industrial trucks and cartridge activated tools properly
• Ensure all equipment is properly maintained
Well trained employees can be the strongest line of defense against dust explosions. When the workers who are closest to potential hazards are educated on the risks of combustible dust, they can play an important role in recognizing unsafe conditions, taking precautions, and alerting management.
According to OSHA, damage and danger produced by an explosion can be minimized by isolating the hazard, proper venting of workspaces and equipment, installing explosion protection, sprinkler, or specialized suppression systems, and providing spark and ember detection and extinguishing systems. Safeguard work crews against fires and explosions caused by combustible dust with the proper training, fire safety equipment, and first aid supplies.
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