Archive for June 12, 2012

Free Heat Index Calculator App: Heat Safety Tool

Heat Safety ToolThe Heat Safety Tool app from OSHA is a handy tool for calculating the heat index of your job site to determine protective measures for heat stress prevention.

This smartphone app works by using your current location to determine the temperature and humidity levels, then calculates the heat index and displays a risk level for outdoor workers. Users can then read precautionary tips associated with the risk level, including replenishing fluids, taking the appropriate breaks, training for new employees and emergency panning and response.

The app provides:

  • Heat Index Calculator
  • Heat Risk Levels (Lower, Medium, High, Very High)
  • Heat stress prevention tips
  • Training on what is heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps and heat rash signs and symptoms
  • First Aid tips for treating heat stress illnesses
  • OSHA contact info

Remember, when working in the heat safety comes first and with the Heat Safety Tool app, you’ll have all the vital information for preventing heat stress related illnesses at work. This app is available for iPhones and on the Android Market

Healthy Traveling Tips to the 2012 Olympics

2012 Olymipic Trevel TipsGoing to the the 2012 Olympic Games in London this summer? Use these helpful tips to make sure your trip is a healthy and more importantly, a safe one.

Up-to-Date Vaccines

Some rare illnesses and diseases to the US may be common in the UK, so make sure your entire family is current on vaccinations. Especially if you are traveling with children, make sure they have their shots. Consult your physician to find out which vaccines you have had, and which ones you need. In the UK, vaccines are known as Jabs.

Don’t Shy from Healthy Habits

Just because you are on vacation does not mean you take a break from your healthy habits:

  • Frequently wash your hands, or use hand sanitizer or hand wipes
  • Don’t forget to wear sunscreen when outdoors during the day
  • Also apply bug repellant to avoid bites from foreign insects
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your sleeve and NOT in your hands

In Case of an Emergency

999 EmergencyIn the event you become seriously ill or suffer and injury, don’t dial 911 for emergency help while in London, call 999 and asked to be taken to the A&E (Accident and Emergency), not the ER. For all other minor cuts, scrapes, minor illness and more, visit a local walk-in center or pharmacy for help. Remember, your health insurance here in the US won’t cover you in London. Any medical expenses will be out-of-pocket. To locate a pharmacy or walk-in center, visit the National Health Service website, or call 0845-4647 (while in London of course). Travel health insurance will reimburse any costs you incur.

Talk Like the Brits

Here’s some useful terms to say that will help avoid confusion if you are in need of medical care:
British Terms                              American Terms
A&E (Accident & Emergency)     ER (Emergency Room)
Chemist                                 Pharmacist
Consultant                             Attending Physician
Giddy                                    Dizzy
Gip                                       Aches, Pain
Jabs                                     Vaccinations, Shots
Loo                                      Restroom
Paracetamol                           Acetaminophen
Plaster, Elastoplast                 Elastic Bandage, Band-Aid
Surgical Spirit                        Rubbing Alcohol

Visit the CDC website for more healthy traveling tips this summer.

New Fire Service Gloves for Firefighters

Our selection of Fire Gloves has expanded to include Shelby Specialty Gloves, an industry leader in firefighting gloves and the top choice for professional and volunteer firefighters around the world. Shelby gloves deliver world class performance and hand protection during extrication, rescue, aircraft rescue, wildland and structural firefighting operations.

Structure Gloves – NFPA or OSHA certified gloves made to perform at a high-level and meet the demands of structural firefighters. These gloves come in various materials that have fire retardant properties.
Wildland Gloves – used by wildland firefighters, these gloves offer a high-level of cut and abrasion resistance, while providing excellent dexterity when handling fire tools, including chainsaws, rakes, shovels and drip torches.
Proximity Gloves – made from aluminized PBI/Kevlar, these gloves protect against extreme radiant heat generated by burning fuels and other Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting operations.
Extrication Gloves – these specially designed gloves have cut, puncture and abrasion resistant properties that protect firefighters and rescuers from sharp objects during extrication operations. They also have extra padding around the knuckles.
Rope Gloves – specifically designed to protect your hands from injuries associated with rope rescue operations. Rope gloves have reinforcements built-into areas of the glove where rope is handled the most.
Rescue Gloves – general purpose work gloves that offer excellent protection against cuts and abrasions.

Shelby fire gloves come loaded with features including waterproof liners and flame resistant fabric liners that are breathable and sewn directly to the glove shell. These fire resistant gloves have the level of protection your firefighting application requires.