It’s hot as H*** out here!

As summer heats up we need to be reminded to take care of ourselves while working outdoors.

We want to supply you with some helpful links to some terrific information on heat safety:

1) National Weather Service Website: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/heat/

2) The Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org/images/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m4340158_HeatWave.pdf

3) CDC: http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/heattips.asp

4) OSHA: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatstress/

These links will give you an opportunity to educate yourself against the hazards of getting overheated. PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) can aid in either helping or hurting the situation. Here are a few tips concerning PPE:

1) Boots or shoes: wear lighter weight socks or when available and acceptable, wear boots with more mesh for breathing

2) Eyewear or goggles: anti-fog coatings are a key during heat. Many wearers remove the glasses when fogging, thus causing a hazard. Also make sure the lenses are polycarbonate and filter proper UV. (All MCR Safety’s plano glasses feature polycarbonate that filters 99.9% UV up to 400 nanometers)

3) Respirators: If available use respirators with an exhalation valve. This will prevent heat build up in the cup of the respirator

4) Gloves: Lighten up during summer. Many leather gloves offer breathable backs such as mesh. If you are using a cotton or polyester glove, try using nylon. If your crew uses cut resistant gloves, makes sure the material breaths properly for the application

5) Hard Hats: Use a hat with ventilation in the top for allowing heat to escape

6) Safety Vests: If you are using solid material, try using a mesh material.

These are some simple thoughts on how to protect, but allow comfort during hot months. Bottom line though, NEVER COMPROMISE SAFETY FOR COMFORT! In today’s market place there are many options to help workers stay cool and safe. Our job as Safety Professionals is to find the options.

Visit www.mcrsafety.com for solutions!

Be a Force of Nature during National Severe Weather Preparedness Week

March 3-9, 2013 is National Severe Weather Awareness week. How prepared are you?

Remember in grade school when you had those annoying tornado and fire drills? Pretty lame wasn’t it? NO THEY WERE NOT! They prepared us for the potential tornado or fire that might occur. I remember in third grade we participated in a drill, we all laughed and complained. Fast forward three weeks and it was a different story. A tornado hit about a half of a mile from our school. Thankfully the school was not hit, but it became a reality to me when I felt the fear that day. We are to prepare for such events!

Just last year, there were more than 450 weather-related fatalities and nearly 2,600 injuries. Each time severe weather threatens we hear stories of ordinary Americans who do the extraordinary to save loved ones – a mother protecting her children by shielding them from flying debris, a homeowner opening up his storm shelter to neighbors, neighbors helping a senior in a wheelchair get to a safe shelter, individuals ensuring friends are aware of the current watch or warning in their area.

Tornadoes struck approximately 46 states, caused over $1.6 billion in damage and nearly 70 fatalities. There were more than 935 tornadoes in 2012, with 206 in April alone. While April and May are peak months, tornadoes happen all year round.*

NOAA and FEMA have teamed up to give you great insight on how to prepare properly.

Weather-Ready Nation

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also blogged about this last year. TORNADO! ARE YOU PREPARED?

Bottom line: Get Prepared, Be Prepared!

*NOAA Weather-Ready Nation 2013

Kids, St. Jude, and Breast Cancer

With Breast Cancer Awareness Month being this month, it brings to my mind great organizations that lead in cancer research. One such organization is St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Since opening 50 years ago, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has changed the way the world treats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. No family ever pays St. Jude for the care their child receives and, for every child treated there, thousands more have been saved worldwide through St. Jude discoveries. The hospital has played a pivotal role in pushing U.S. pediatric cancer survival rates from 20 to 80 percent overall, and is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. It is also a leader in the research and treatment of blood disorders and infectious diseases in children. St. Jude was founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, who believed that no child should die in the dawn of life.

“The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder, Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay.

MCR Safety is a proud supporter of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

 

 

Join that mission by visiting www.stjude.org or following them on www.facebook.com/stjude and www.twitter.com/stjude. Click on the video and see a great way to support this worthy cause.

 

 

Personal word… After watching my mother-in-law struggle with breast cancer for 6 years, the topic of cancer is very personal. It is my goal with this blog post to bring you to a realization that together we can make a difference and support organizations that fight the devastating disease of cancer. The National Breast Cancer Awareness Month web page (www.nbcam.org) offers many options for education and awareness.

Mike Myrick