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3 Ways Workplace Safety Increases Company Profits
Injuries in the work environment are common occurrences that cost employers more than $170 billion each year. Many of the costs associated with occupational injuries and illnesses result in penalties that must be paid for not meeting safety standards. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers maintain safe and healthy working conditions for employees and they enforce safety standards rigidly. It’s in employers’ best interests to ensure the safety of their workforce, not only to save the company money, but also to increase productivity and ensure greater employee satisfaction which will lead to retention of the best employees.
Reducing Your Occupational Injury and Illness Costs
There’s only one way to reduce your costs associated with occupational injury and illness costs; follow safety procedures and standards. Employers that establish programs to ensure the safety of their employees reduce their costs associated with occupational injury and illness costs by 20 to 40 percent. Those numbers are huge, and they look even better when you consider that workers who feel safe in their work environment tend to increase their productivity by approximately 13 percent.
The best way to ensure you keep your safety standard costs low is to have an on-site safety professional who is fully certified and can handle the majority of injuries and illnesses. A lot of cost is expended by companies when supervisors have to transport employees to a clinic, resulting in loss of productivity and typically time off for the affected employee.
On-Site Safety Professionals
Companies that hire on-site safety professionals will realize a variety of benefits over time, including better morale among workers who appreciate your investment to create a safer environment, and increased profits resulting from higher productivity and lower costs associated with occupational injuries and illnesses.
Here are some of the tasks safety professionals will typically perform while on-site:
· Identify potential and existing hazards in the workplace
· Inspect and evaluate working environments, including equipment, policies and procedures to make sure federal safety regulations are being met
· Improve processes and procedures that will protect the workforce and reduce the chance of violating any federal regulations
· Provide basic medical care to the workforce, with the ability to place employees on light duty rather than sending them off-site for treatment
With an on-site safety professional in the work environment, insurance premiums will decrease, as will the chances of paying federal fines.
Utilizing Safe Practices
The best way to implement safety practices that will decrease costs and increase worker satisfaction and productivity is to have a safety professional on-site that can coordinate the necessary procedures and programs. Utilizing safe practices in the work environment will improve company efficiencies and will give employees a reason to be more invested in their roles within the business.
Posted by U.S. Safety Services on 10th May, 2016 | Comments | Trackbacks | Permalink
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The 4 Benefits of OSHA Training
Have you ever seen “Lunch Atop A Skyscraper” ? There’s a good possibility you have because it’s one of the most iconic photos of the 20th century. Eleven men sit atop a long I-beam, their feet dangling in the air more than 800 feet above the streets of New York City. For decades this photo has captivated people’s attention because of the complete lack of concern these men seem to have for the perilous situation they sit in.
That was 1932. The world is a much different place today, especially when it comes to safety standards in working environments. Thanks to congress passing the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) in 1970, workers have gradually seen a shift towards greater on-site protection and concern for their general health. Since the passing of OSHA, workplace fatalities have decreased by 65% in addition to drastic reductions in occupational injuries.
How OSHA Training Can Benefit Your Entire Organization
If you and your employees haven’t yet gone through OSHA training, here are four very good reasons to begin now:
OSHA inspections are thorough and necessary. If you and your workforce have gone through OSHA training you will be able to respond to all safety-related questions concisely and accurately. In addition, employees will know how to react to emergency situations and plan for critical worksite scenarios. Each employee serves as a company representative during OSHA inspections and representing your organization truthfully is gravely important when it comes to safety standards.
An OSHA inspection can take place at any time with or without advance notice. If your workforce already knows OSHA standards and procedures you will most likely avoid any penalties for violating safety standards and procedures. OSHA training will help you and your employees promote a safer, more efficient work environment that will contribute to reduced medical costs. This in turn helps your bottom line.
3) Quality Work
Organizations that emphasize the safety of their employees tend to attract higher quality workers with advanced industry skills and knowledge. Demonstrating your priority for employee health and wellbeing will motivate your workforce to produce their best work. An added benefit is that higher safety standards will help your organization retain higher quality workers for longer periods of time.
4) Increased Productivity
With higher safety standards and a general understanding of OSHA procedures, there will be a marked difference in employee performance. Your organization will see a reduction in employee absenteeism due to reduced sick days and recovery time. Better yet, many workers will feel more secure and happy in their roles which will increase their productivity and sense of belonging.
Promote a Workplace Environment of Safety
U.S. Safety Services is devoted to making work environments safer and more productive. We offer 10 and 30 hour general industry courses that will have you and your employees appreciating a safer worksite with less injuries, fewer penalties and increased productivity. OSHA standards can be expensive to maintain if your workforce isn’t in the know. Equip your team for success by providing them with OSHA training that will increase their productivity, lead to a safer work environment and protect your bottom line.
Posted by U.S. Safety Services on 5th April, 2016 | Comments | Trackbacks | Permalink
Tags: industrial medical staffing, event medical staffing, OSHA, onsite medical staffing, EMT
The Scope of the Emergency Medical Technician
When you hear the term, “EMT”, what’s the first thing that pops into your head? Chances are you probably use the terms “EMT” and “Paramedic” interchangeably. It’s true that both terms have become synonymous with emergency medical service providers, but the reality is that EMTs have unique job requirements separate from that of paramedics.
Obvious aspects such as medical training, certifications and experience are well-known factors that shape a professional EMT. But some of the most unique traits an EMT must possesses are largely intangible; kindness, compassion, determination and willpower. We have witnessed all of these traits and more in our EMTs throughout the course of their duties on numerous occasions. Many EMTs begin their careers as volunteers and many combine their skills of emergency response and personal resilience to become firefighters.
The Call of Duty
EMTs can be placed in the same category of emergency service providers as can firefighters and police officers. They are the first responders to the scene of an accident and constantly place their own safety, comfort and well-being on the line in order to care for their patients. From car accidents to falls in the home, EMTs respond to it all.
Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) conduct basic, non-invasive medical interventions that provide on-site, lifesaving care for critical patients. On-site medical services can mean the difference between a serious injury and prevention, or even life and death. Included in the EMT’s skill set is the ability to transport patients safely so as to avoid further injury. In many areas, EMTs are beginning to provide the majority of out-of-hospital medical care.
Making the Sacrifice
Serving as an EMT is a challenging job that requires great skill and great motivation. In most cases it’s a 24/7 job. Emergencies don’t run on set schedules and emergency service providers have to be ready on a moment’s notice to spring into action. Missed holidays, birthdays and anniversaries are just part of the job description.
It takes a selfless person to fill the role of an EMT. The sacrifices they make ensure the well being of their patients and contribute to the respect and admiration we hold for their profession.
The Emergency Medical Technician
In addition to the many sacrifices they make, EMTs also provide their services across a wide-range of environments and situations. Special events, sporting events, industrial safety, hazardous areas and more are all environments that fall well within the scope of an EMT’s job capabilities.
It might not be easy, safe or glamorous, but the job of an EMT is lifesaving. The next time you see an EMT, thank them for their service and for their sacrifice. Chances are someone you know has been cared for by a skilled and caring EMT at one point in their lives.
To learn more about on-site medical staffing & our EMT certifications, visit U.S Safety Services website.
Posted by U.S. Safety Services on 23rd February, 2016 | Comments | Trackbacks | Permalink
Tags: event medical staffing, emergency medical technicians (EMTs), EMT, paramedic, medical first responders, emergency medical services, emergency services, industrial medical staffing
Monster Jam Safety Tips
It’s that time of year again in San Antonio: Monster Jam is coming to the Alamodome January 23rd -24th. A fleet of twelve foot long by twelve foot wide, nine thousand pound mechanical behemoths are revving up to provide another year of exceptional, family friendly entertainment. We at U.S. Safety Services want to ensure you have an outstanding experience while attending the Monster Jam, so we’ve put together a few Monster Jam safety tips for you and your family.
Dust. Dust Everywhere
Monster Trucks brings monster dust. We recommend that you bring a scarf, bandanna, or face mask to help cut down on the inhalation of the dust and exhaust fumes. If you are asthmatic or use an inhaler for breathing issues, be sure to have it on hand, as the combination of dust and excitement may require the need for such items.
Noise. What’s that you say? With a noise range from 94 dB in the stands to 120 dB on the show floor, there is no doubt it will be extremely loud. Most people think that noise is a normal part of life. We like noise because it connects us to surrounding activities. At times it can act as a stimulant. The deafening bomb that erupts from the first Monster Truck firing up its engine, never fails to send shivers of excitement up and down our spines.
The truth is that prolonged exposure to these noises, without taking simple precautions, can cause short and long term hearing damage in everyone from children to the heavy metal music fans. Regardless of whether you use the inexpensive foam moldable in-ear plugs or the over-the-ear muffs, hearing protection is inexpensive, takes up little space, and will save your hearing! Basic foam moldable in-ear plugs provide around 30 dB of protection, while the over-the-ear muffs provide around 22 dB’s of protection. Save your hearing and make the Monster Jam even more enjoyable.
Get Your Jam On
These are just a few simple tips to help you prepare for the spine tingling, ear ringing, fun filled event. Rest assured that U.S. Safety Services will be there for your first aid needs, should the need arise.
Learn more about event medical staffing and the services that we provide at USSafetyServices.com and Facebook.com/USSafetyServices.
Posted by Ian Coon on 18th January, 2016 | Comments | Trackbacks | Permalink
Tags: event safety, event medical staffing, event, entertainment, Ian Coon
Preparation: Be Proactive When it comes to Safety
Have you ever been in a situation where circumstances took a turn for the worse and you felt completely unprepared? Chances are you’ve been in a similar position many times throughout your life. Sometimes you can brush the situation off and move on without much concern, but if the situation is serious enough there can be terrible consequences.
Being proactive when it comes to safety should be a professional and personal requirement. Having a safety professional on hand will ensure you, your employees or your family have the best chance to prevent serious injuries and react swiftly if something happens.
Reactive isn’t Effective
The number one rule of safety is to be prepared. Approach everyday situations with a proactive mindset. According to Bryan Fass of EMs World there are three areas to address for injury prevention: (1) muscular endurance, (2) stability and (3) flexibility. This especially relates to people involved in daily physical activities, such as sports, heavy lifting and other work-related actions. Fass states that when in a neutral posture, the body has the structural support available to prevent or reduce damage from injuries.
While it may be possible to limit the damage done to the body accidents still happen. It’s important to have a proactive plan in place in case of injuries. Without a proactive plan in place people who incur injuries could end up causing more damage due to improper care, lengthy emergency response time and inaccurate diagnosis from unqualified individuals.
“Fortune favors the prepared mind.” Most people have heard this quote from Dr. Louis Pasteur, the renowned chemist and microbiologist. Pasteur recognized the need for to be ready to react to unexpected situations and outcomes. His principles can be applied to safety better than almost any other category.
The best way to be prepared is to implement a safety program managed by responsible personnel. Ensure you have safety professionals on hand for industrial work environments, at sporting events and any other situations with the potential for injury.
Aside from the obvious physical benefits garnered from having safety professionals on hand, there are also financial benefits you can experience. On-site EMTs can determine whether or not injuries will require ambulance transportation. Many people panic or don’t know how to recognize how serious injuries versus minor injuries. As a result they call an ambulance in instances when ambulatory service was unneeded. An ambulance costs more than $600 at best and well over $1,000 at worst. On-site safety professionals have the expertise to determine what the situation calls for.
Managing Safety Issues
Ron Thackery, senior vice president of professional services & integration for American Medical Response (AMR) says there are three approaches to managing safety issues:
1) Reactive (past): Respond to events that have already occurred, such as incidents and accidents
2) Proactive (present): Actively identify hazards through the analysis of the organization’s processes
3) Predictive (future): Analyze system processes and current environment to identify potential future problems
Thackery states that “a lot of agencies manage safety in a reactive mode” and only respond once an injury has already occurred.
Managing safety should be handled as an organizational risk. The best way to reduce risk is to be as prepared as possible. Good preparation leads to better reactions.
The best way to prevent is to prepare.
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Posted by US Safety Services on 19th November, 2015 | Comments | Trackbacks | Permalink
Handling Diabetes Emergencies
Did you know that approximately one quarter of the population living with diabetes in the United States is unaware of their condition? According to PRNewswire, “about 25% of the 23.6 million Americans living with diabetes are not aware that they have the disease.”
This Saturday, November 14 is World Diabetes Day, the primary global awareness campaign of the diabetes world. In honor of WDD, we’d like to touch on how to handle a diabetes-based emergency.
The safety concerns associated with an individual unaware of their diabetic condition is frightening to say the least. Diabetes can have terrible effects on the body and in severe cases can result in neuropathy, amputations and kidney disease.
It is not only essential that people with diabetes receive proper diagnosis and treatment, but also that those without the disease understand how to help in an emergency situation.
Because diabetes is a well-known disease, it is often misunderstood as being a non-life threatening condition. This is far from the truth. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of kidney failure. EMTs employed by U.S. Safety Services understand the severity of diabetes and are equipped to handle resulting diabetic incidents and emergencies.
There are two main types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is the more severe form that responds to the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas as foreign and destroys them. Without insulin, the body’s cells are unable to absorb glucose and transform it into energy and begin to starve. Sugar levels rise and can lead to eye, kidney, heart and nerve damage and can result in a coma or death when untreated.
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes and is usually found in people over the age of 35. Normally people with type 2 diabetes produce low levels of sugar that don’t allow the cells to absorb enough glucose. This form of diabetes is usually associated with a sedentary life-style.
According to the American Diabetes Associate, there are eight common symptoms associated with diabetes:
Weight loss is usually a sign that patients have type 1 diabetes, while tingling, pain or numbness in the hands or feet is a sign of type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes can sometimes produce very mild symptoms that go completely undetected.
- Extreme fatigue
- Feeling hungry – even though you are regularly eating
- Urinating often
- Feeling very thirsty
- Blurry vision
- Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
- Weight loss - even though you are eating more
- Tingling, pain, or numbness in the hands/feet
EMTs faced with a diabetes-related medical emergency will first assess the patient’s condition, discover their medical history, including any medications taken, and will conduct a physical examination. If necessary, EMTs can administer an insulin injection or provide oral medication to stabilize the patient.
Normally, EMTs do not have access to glucometers to determine the blood glucose level of the patient, but U.S. Safety Services EMTs are equipped with Insta-Glucose. This will help stabilize the patient.
The most common medical emergency associated with diabetes is hypoglycemia. EMTs will assess the level of severity in each individual situation and determine whether or not the patient needs to be transported to a hospital for more thorough care.
Be Prepared for Diabetic Incidents and Emergencies
Diabetes may not sound life-threatening or dangerous in today’s world with advanced treatments, but medical emergencies can’t be ruled out. Make sure you have a medical professional on location that can handle emergencies without risking anyone’s well-being.
As Miguel de Cervantes once said, “To be prepared is half the victory.” Learn more about diabetic incident care and the services that we provide at USSafetyServices.com and Facebook.com/USSafetyServices.
Posted by US Safety Services on 10th November, 2015 | Comments | Trackbacks | Permalink
The Importance of CPR Training
According to the American Heart Association, 70 percent of Americans lack the knowledge and experience needed to act during the event of cardiac emergency. Each year, approximately 326,000 Americans experience cardiac arrest outside of the hospital and receive an assessment by emergency medical services. The American Heart Association says that 88 percent of cardiac arrests in the United States occur in the home.
Recognizing the Importance of CPR across the Nation
These statistics should be a wake-up call. With each passing year the need to incorporate emergency-assisting skills into education becomes more important. New York recently became the 26 th state to recognize the severity of the situation by passing The CPR in Schools law.
The CPR in Schools law is designed to prepare students to react with life-saving skills during the event of a cardiac emergency situation. Each student will be required to complete CPR training in order to graduate with a high school diploma, effectively helping to combat the dangerous lack of CPR skills in America. With New York now joining the growing list of states supporting The CPR in Schools law more than 1.5 million students will be trained in CPR in all 26 states.
Education is Key to Emergency Services Success
High schools aren’t the only educational institutions to recognize the need for cardiac related emergency training. Cape Fear Community College’s Medical Science Program grants associates degrees in Applied Sciences for EMS. The two-year program is geared towards producing entry-level EMS providers. Students cover a variety of topics in both a clinical and classroom setting, including pharmacology, cardiology, pediatric emergencies, trauma emergencies and emergency medical care.
A differentiating factor that Cape Fear Community College employs is allowing continuing education students to complete degrees in less time with prior paramedic education. Troy Bowling serves as the new EMS Director of the Medical Science Program. He envisions the success of the program being measured by students passing the national registry or state exam once they complete the program. His goal is for students to be very hands-on and aware of the situations they handle. “I tell my students all the time, 50 percent or more of what we do is just how we take care of people,” Bowling said.
EMTs Can Mean the Difference between Life and Death
EMTs are specially trained to handle emergency situations. They know that cardiac arrest is not the same as a heart attack and can take immediate steps to ensuring the safety of patients. Less than 8 percent of patients who suffer cardiac arrest outside the hospital survive according the American Heart Association. When you consider that only 32 percent of cardiac arrest victims receives CPR from bystanders it’s easy to understand why EMTs are essential to ensuring the success of emergency cardiac patients.
It’s In Our Blood
U.S. Safety Services supports protecting life through preparedness. Our EMTs are trained to prepare for a variety of emergency situations that have the potential to threaten an individual’s life. They’re expertise extends from treating patients with serious allergies, to childbirth, cardiac arrest, seizures and more. Each EMT is prepared to handle any emergency situation that comes their way. That’s one of the reasons they’re equipped so well. If you haven’t seen our EMT jump bags yet you haven’t seen the closest thing to a hospital in a bag.
How does the saying go? It’s better to be safe than sorry. There is nothing more important than ensuring the safety of your family.
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Posted by US Safety Services on 7th October, 2015 | Comments | Trackbacks | Permalink
Sprains and Strains: What to do
Injuries in sports are very common among children and adolescents. The most common injuries are sprains and strains, especially on joints such as ankles and knees. Because of the strain placed on the body during sports, it is vitally important that parents and supervising adults carefully observe the behavior and condition of young athletes. Even common activities such as jumping, kicking and running that take place in basketball, baseball, football, soccer or even cheer-leading can place enormous strain on young joints.
Understand and Read the Symptoms
According to the Imperial Health Center for Orthopedics, the average person walks approximately 1,000 miles each year and each step places 1.5 times of their body weight on the ankle. Imagine the amplified force that’s applied when jumping or running.
Strains are caused when the muscle or tendon is injured due to a forceful contraction of the muscle. There are three different levels of sprains evidenced by symptoms that U.S. Safety Service EMTs look for when treating patients:
Prepare and Prevent Injury
- The mildest strain will result in tenderness, pain after passive stretching of the muscle and no physical damage evident in the muscle.
- A more severe strain will produce spasms, but still no physical signs of damage.
- The most severe strain is demonstrated by spasms and a tear in the musculotendinus junction and physical damage evident.
While strains can be treated by trained EMTs, it’s always best to put safety first and practice prevention techniques. The majority of strains are a result of improper warm-up, fatigue, previous injuries and improper footwear. Improper warm-up often leads to injury because the muscles aren’t prepared to deal with forceful impacts. Playing sports with fatigued muscles exposes the athlete to the possibility of muscle failure which can lead to improper landings or collapse. This creates the potential for injuries to occur. Previous injuries can often weaken the newly injured area, leaving it more vulnerable to re-injury. Using improper footwear can harm more than just your foot. It can lead to back, shoulder and neck pain. Wearing footwear that supports your foot will give athletes a chance to avoid injury.
The best way to prevent strains and other common injuries is to be aware of your child’s physical condition and make sure their preparations for sporting events is thorough.
U.S. Safety Services EMTs approach all injuries with an extensive knowledge of the body and its responses to damage. Understanding the structure of the legs is essential to identifying symptoms and treating the injury. There are 26 major bones in the foot alone. According to EMS World there are the five treatments EMTs employ for foot injuries:
Most sprains can be treated with rest, icing sessions, elevation of the injured leg and compression. In some cases the torn muscle or tendon may require surgery. EMTs know the best steps to take to ensure the safety and wellbeing of injured athletes.
- Complete immobilization
- Pain management
- Transportation to appropriate facilities
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Posted by US Safety Services on 29th September, 2015 | Comments | Trackbacks | Permalink
A Concussion Detecting App? Old Concussion Assessment Techniques Vs New
You’ve probably heard many times that concussions are dangerous. That’s old news. But what isn’t as commonly known is that many concussions go undetected. As a result, some injured athletes never receive treatment for concussions they’ve sustained. This exposes them to the risk of long-term damage and lessened cognitive responses.
The Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine conducted a study that found that only 47 percent of football players who sustain a concussion actually report the injury. This statistic is even more alarming when taking into consideration that The American Academy of Pediatrics found a 200 percent increase in concussions among 14 to 19 year olds within the past decade.
The majority of concussions among adolescents is caused by sports related activities. Being able to recognize a concussion early on is vital to safety, especially in adolescent athletes whose brains are still developing.
The answer to early detection of concussions could lie in a new technology developed by Cleveland Clinic. They created an app that can assess concussion patients to correctly identify their symptoms.
It’s called the C-3 Logix. It can be used to identify signs related to brain trauma or injury. If proven successful, the C-3 Logix could revolutionize the way concussions are detected and treated on the sidelines. Coaches, trainers and physicians alike can use the app to conduct concussion exams on athletes for more immediate information.
Saint Vincent Hospital in Pennsylvania, along with three high schools and two colleges, are currently working in conjunction with Cleveland Clinic on trials that will determine the accuracy of the new app.
Old Concussion Assessment Techniques Vs New
When an athlete suffers a concussion or is suspected of suffering a concussion there are a few assessments EMTs, trainers and coaches use to determine whether or not a concussion has occurred:
The C-3 Logix app looks for the same signs and tests the same responses. The difference is that the app can test more accurately than a person, due in part to these features:
- First, standard emergency procedures are followed
- Next, the athlete is observed for any symptoms
- If the athlete can stand, a balance check is performed
- Cognitive responses will be assessed
- Finally, an eye assessment is administered
- Accelerator and gyroscope data that objectively quantifies postural stability
- High resolution multi-point touch screen to capture athlete’s movement
- On-board processing power for data analysis
Saint Vincent Sports Medicine physician Laura McIntosh, M.D., said the new system is able to test patient’s ability to follow objects with their eyes as well as their balance. “We have found that both of those are impaired with concussions, as well as cognitive abilities,” McIntosh said.
The C-3 Logix app tests not only the athlete’s ability to balance and track object with their eyes, but also their reflexes. It can tell the difference between motor problems and cognitive problems, helping trainers and physicians discover the severity of a concussion.
One of the greatest benefits of the C-3 Logix is its portability, allowing it to be used on the sidelines, workplace or any environment where individuals are exposed to the possibility of a concussion.
Approximately 500 concussions have been detected so far thanks to the C-3 Logix app. Robert Morris University, more than 50 schools in Northeast Ohio and American professional soccer team Pittsburgh Riverhounds all currently use the app to detect concussions.
Early detection of concussions is an ongoing challenge. Technology like the C-3 Logix just might help usher in a new age of faster detection and treatment. At the very least it provides EMTs and on-site medical professionals like the ones US Safety Services provides the information to more accurately diagnose concussions, which can mean the difference between life and death in extreme cases.
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Posted by US Safety Services on 23rd September, 2015 | Comments | Trackbacks | Permalink
Crowd Management Safety Tips to Run With
Every year in Pamplona, Spain reportedly since the 14 th Century, thousands of people participate in The Running of the Bulls, a practice that involves running in front of a small group of cattle, typically six, of the toro bravo breed that have been let loose on a course of a sectioned-off subset of the town's streets.
As one would imagine, every year between 50 and 100 people are injured during the run, either by the bulls or by being trampled…by the crowd.
While most people would strive for their event to become a can’t-miss, cultural tradition, it’s doubtful they would like it to mirror the safety concerns of the Running of the Bulls as well. Fortunately, OSHA has given us some crowd management safety tips to consider.
Planning on large crowds at your event?
- Have a plan. Create a staffing plan with designated locations for your staff to attend to
- Ensure that all permits and licenses are obtained and that local emergency services, including the local police, fire department and hospital, are aware of the event
- Provide legible and visible signs that describe entrance and exit locations, event times and other important information such as restrooms
- Prepare an emergency plan that addresses potential dangers, including overcrowding, crowd crushing, being struck by the crowd, violent acts and fire
Setting up and preparing for your event
- Set up barricades or rope lines for crowd management well in advance of attendees arriving
- Ensure that barricade lines have an adequate number of breaks and turns at regular intervals to reduce the risk of pushing from the rear and possibly crushing others, including workers
- Designate workers to explain approach and entrance procedures to the arriving public, and direct them to lines or entrances
- Make sure that outside personnel have radios or some other way to communicate with staff and emergency personnel
- Consider using mechanisms such as numbered wristbands or tickets to provide the earlier arriving customers with first access
- Consider early wristband pickup at designated locations prior to your event, if applicable
- If appropriate, provide public amenities including toilets, washbasins, water and shelter
Safety tips to remember during your event
- Provide a separate entrance for staff with door monitors there to prevent public entry
- Staff entrances with uniformed guards, police or other authorized personnel
- Provide crowd and entry management measures at all entrances, including the ones not being used and if possible, use more than one entrance.
- Provide a safe entrance for people with disabilities
- When the event venue reaches maximum occupancy, do not allow additional attendees to enter until the occupancy level drops
What do I do if there’s an emergency during the event?
- Do not restrict egress, and do not block or lock exits
- Know in advance who to call for emergency medical response or have on-site medical response like U.S. Safety Services
- Keep first-aid kits and Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) available, and have personnel trained in using AEDs and CPR onsite
- Instruct employees, in the event of an emergency, to follow instructions from authorized first responders, regardless of company rules
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Posted by US Safety Services on 24th August, 2015 | Comments | Trackbacks | Permalink
Stay Safe on the Road
It’s amazing how much trust we put into sleep-deprived strangers flying by us left and right at 80MPH every morning and afternoon. Just one person will an ill-timed sneeze, someone who thinks their text message just can’t wait or someone who thinks they can drink and drive can cause an accident that puts everyone in danger.
This is especially true when attending events or during holidays where there are thousands of people traveling on the roads.
According to The National Safety Council, the U.S. is on pace for the deadliest driving year since 2007, where we have seen 14% more traffic deaths through the first six months of 2015 than this point last year. So, to stay safe in the comfort of your own vehicle and not have to find out what it’s like to take a ride in an ambulance, how can you stay safe on the road?
Staying safe while driving
What do you do if you’re in a car accident?
- Don’t touch that cell phone. Keep your hands on the wheel and stay focused on the task at hand: Arriving safely.
- Avoid driving while tired. Get some caffeine if you need to, but stay alert. Also, be aware of what medication you are taking and if it makes you drowsy.
- Always use caution when changing lanes. Cutting in front of someone, changing lanes too fast or not using your signals may cause an accident or upset other drivers.
- Never drink and drive. Any amount of alcohol impairs driving and increases your risk of getting in an accident, not to mention a whole lot of trouble.
Statistics of traffic accidents and deaths can be eye-opening, but knowing how to stay safe and knowing what to do in the event that an accident happens is more important. Don’t let it scare you away from traveling to enjoy an event or holiday weekend. How else are you going to get where you want to go? We’d be willing to bet you will be safer and more aware on the road just after reading this.
- Stay at the scene. Leaving can result in additional violations or fines.
- Call 911 or the police as soon as possible. They'll dispatch medical personnel and a police officer immediately to the scene of the accident. Wait for the police to complete an accident report.
- If you're on a busy highway, stay inside the car and wait for the police or an ambulance. It's dangerous if passengers stand along a busy street.
- Don't get into an argument or a fight with the other driver. Simply exchange contact and insurance information. If possible, also get the name and phone numbers of witnesses.
Learn more about following safety guidelines and the services that we provide at USSafetyServices.com andFacebook.com/USSafetyServices.
Posted by Derek Bryant on 17th August, 2015 | Comments | Trackbacks | Permalink
Fireworks Safety Tips
Usually an afterthought, overlooked during the excitement of 4 th of July celebrations, the issue of fireworks safety was launched into the public eye recently with the stories of two NFL football players sustaining fireworks injuries that landed them in the hospital. ESPN, The Worldwide Leader in Sports, had a field day with the coverage, and if you even the least bit familiar with the popular media giant, you know they have a flare for the dramatic.
“It will never happen to me,” right? Well, when these world-class athletes, more fit and agile than 99% of the rest of the world, can’t outrun a fireworks accident, how do you think Dad and Junior might fare without the proper fireworks safety precautions?
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission , there were 11 fireworks-related deaths and 10,500 injuries in 2014. There were 13 deaths and 11,400 injuries in 2013 -- a significant spike from 8,700 injuries one year earlier.
Males accounted for 74 percent of the national fireworks injuries in 2014. Thirty-five percent of the injuries were suffered by kids 15 years and younger.
In the end, after being hospitalized, New York Giants Defensive End Jason Pierre-Paul had his right index finger amputated, his career arc possibly shortened and financial gains possibly lessened. In the very least, his life has certainly changed forever.
In every accident, however, there is a lesson. This year, there happened to be two high-profile cases and perhaps the issue of fireworks safety being thrust into the limelight will be enough to, well, shed some light on the importance of proper handling of fireworks.
So, let’s talk about that proper handling – emphasis on no hands!
Fireworks Safety Tips
- Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.
- Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
- As is printed on all consumer fireworks, “Do not use in your hands.”
- A responsible adult SHOULD supervise all firework activities. Never give fireworks to children.
- Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save your alcohol for after the show.
- Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.
- Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
- Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.
- Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
- Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.
- Never carry fireworks in your POCKET or shoot them into METAL or GLASS containers.
- Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
- Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.
- FAA regulations PROHIBIT the possession and transportation of fireworks in your checked baggage or carry-on luggage.
- Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.
Even though it’s important to be safe, let’s not forget that fireworks are meant to be fun and celebratory. If you aren’t the right person for the job, or even care to take the necessary safety precautions, just enjoy the show as a spectator.
How do you think you think it would turn out if we turned you loose on the football field to be chased down and tackled by the 6’5” 275lb Jason Pierre-Paul without the proper safety gear? Talk about getting lit up…
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Posted by Derek Bryant on 28th July, 2015 | Comments | Trackbacks | Permalink
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Texas Employers Recognized in Glassdoor's Employees' Choice Awards
U.S. Safety Services congratulates our fellow Texas employers on receiving such an amazing honor!
Glassdoor’s Employees’ Choice Awards have been posted, and to no surprise, Texas has a strong showing of wonderful places to work.
Even better, San Antonio and Dallas have multiple companies represented within the Top 50 Winners. As an employer, it’s always great to receive appreciation and recognition from your team, especially when you receive such positive coverage for it.
The Top Texas Winners are:
#21 - Southwest Airlines – Dallas
#24 - Cameron – Houston
#27 - HEB – San Antonio
#28 - National Instruments – Austin
#30 - Rackspace – San Antonio
#45 - Texas Instruments – Dallas
About U.S. Safety Services
U.S Safety Services is a medical first responder staffing company providing on-site professional medical staffing services for first aid and emergency care. Our Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) serve industrial, distribution, and work site locations as well as entertainment and sporting events throughout the state of Texas.
A Certified First Responder Organization with the Texas Department of State Health Services, the U.S. Safety Services team consists of dedicated personnel and experienced EMTs trained and prepared to provide our clients and patients the highest quality EMT first aid coverage, with respect, dignity, empathy and compassion.
U.S. Safety Services is a certified minority woman-owned small business through the South Central Texas Regional Certification Agency (SCTRCA) and a Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) through the State of Texas, as well as a minority owned small business through the Southwest Minority Supplier Development Council and holds Emerging Small Business Enterprise (ESBE) and Hispanic American Business Enterprise (HABE) certifications.
Posted by Cristina Morales Heaney, U.S. Safety Services on 21st August, 2014 | Comments | Trackbacks | Permalink
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Join Us In Welcoming Trevor Heaney as Director of Business Development and Marketing
U.S. Safety Services is pleased to announce the addition of J. Trevor Heaney as Director of Business Development and Marketing of the expanding U.S. Safety Services management team.
“As we continue to grow throughout Texas serving companies in need of work site, distribution, and event EMTs (Emergency Medical Technicians), Trevor’s insights, entrepreneurship, and enthusiasm for the industry will benefit our clients and team members for years to come” stated U.S. Safety Services’ CEO, Cristina Morales Heaney.
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Posted by Cristina Morales Heaney, U.S. Safety Services on 28th July, 2014 | Comments | Trackbacks | Permalink
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