Sunday, 31 July 2016

Protecting the safety and health of poultry-processing workers

For some workers, a simple trip to the bathroom could result in the loss of a job.
Poultry-processing workers are sometimes disciplined for taking bathroom breaks while at work because there is no one available to fill in for them if they step away from the production line.

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Simple Microwave Meals In 10 Minutes Or Less

The fact is that cooking is an absolutely essential life skill. If you can cook for yourself, you can make your food tastier and healthier, not to mention more economical.

When cooking any recipe, use the best ingredients that you can afford. Splurge a little on imported cheeses or better quality meats when you can, so that you can experience a restaurant, quality-tasting meal at home. To enhance the experience even further, try to creatively plate up the meal with a little thought, for something different every now and then.

When you shelve an herb or a spice, make sure it's dark and cool. If they get exposed to any light, humidity or heat, their flavor will begin to weaken. As a general rule, keep your ground spices no more than one year. Whole spices are hardier, and will retain their robust flavoring for several years. Store your herbs and spices correctly, so that they will stay fresh and keep their full flavor!

To prevent the crust of your filled pies from getting soggy, coat the dough with egg white first and then bake it for about five minutes to allow it to set. You should then fill and bake as you normally would. This will stop your crust from absorbing too much of the filling during baking and becoming soft and wet.

If you feel that a piece of food you are about to cook does not look right or may be rotten, always error on the side of caution and throw it away. It is better to lose a few dollars than to cost yourself the next couple of weeks from food poisoning.

An electric mixer is a blessing when you have to make your dough, but even this relatively easy task can turn into a nightmare when the dough sticks to the dough hook. To avoid the sticky mess, spray the hook with vegetable cooking spray and your dough will never stick to your mixer again.

Layered bar cookies, fudge and chewy brownies often fall apart or get torn up from trying to evenly cut them into squares. A good rotary pizza cutter can be used to accomplish this task without worrying about a sharp knife slipping and causing an injury. Make some light guidelines in your food with the tip of a knife first and follow up with the pizza cutter for perfectly cut bars, brownies and fudge every time.

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Cooked turkey freezes beautifully, as does stuffing. When making a big holiday meal, be sure and make plenty so you not only have enough for turkey sandwiches, but to enjoy another turkey dinner in a month or two, without all of the work. Use a spare 9" X 13" pan that you line and divide with aluminum foil into two or three compartments. Cut some turkey for one compartment, add some stuffing in another and if you would like, leftover mashed potatoes can be put in the third compartment. Drizzle some gravy over everything you desire, cover with aluminum foil and freeze. When ready to enjoy turkey again, or perhaps when pressed for time and out of ideas for dinner, grab the pan from the freezer and place in the oven at 350 degrees. Remove the foil from the top of the pan after 45 minutes, bake uncovered for another 15 to 20 minutes and enjoy!

If you follow these tips, learning how to cook homemade foods is simple and easy. As your cooking improves, you will discover how beneficial cooking can be, for your waistline and your wallet. Eating good home cooking will create a healthy and happy style of living for yourself and those around you. Use these great tips to make delicious, healthy and affordable meals that the whole family will love!

Read These Car Repair Tips To Keep Your Engine Going.

Auto repair can be an overwhelming topic. Luckily, the following piece will give you advice so you can get started. Reading this article is a start to auto repair wisdom, which will help to save money.

Schedule yourself extra time for free checkups, especially if you are going in on a weekend. No matter how early you get in, there are only so many bays in the garage. That means that your car may have to wait for a few paying clients before it gets looked at.

Do not assume you have been ripped-off by your mechanic because of the high price of your bill. Some parts are very expensive to replace, including engines, transmission systems or dashboard computers. You should ask your mechanic about the cost of the parts he had to put in your car.

Contact your local Better Business Bureau if you need more information on a mechanic or a garage. If some complaints have been filed against them, your Better Business Bureau will tell you. Ask your friends and family about the different mechanics they have dealt with in the past to get some recommendations.

Keep your eye out for mechanics that do not measure up. If they beat around the bush and act shifty, they may not be the one you want to work with. Make sure that you trust the person that you are working with.

Don't get sucked into to the lure of aftermarket parts for new cars. You want your baby to run as well as possible for as long as possible, and that means spending the extra to get parts that match the ones already in your car. Trying to get that clunker to run just a few more miles? Save the money and take the aftermarket versions.

Replace your light bulbs on your own. While it's easier in some vehicles than others, it's a whole lot cheaper to do it yourself. Ask someone you know if they can instruct you on how to do it.

Ask your auto mechanic about their A.S.E. certification. The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence has a test twice a year for it. To earn this certification, mechanics must pass a written test while also having about two years of work experience in auto mechanics and repair. This certification increases your chances of finding competent mechanics.

Competent repairs can be done elsewhere than at the dealership. There are many shops where skilled auto technicians reside. If you feel a good comfort level with someone, you should hire them. When looking for the best American Family Auto Insurance, you need to make sure to call the Auto Insurance Agent in Liberty, MO with the best customer service. 

Understand the billing process at the auto repair shop you go to. In many cases, you could get a bill for labor based on how long the manufacturer thinks it will take to repair your car. Be clear about how it works at whatever shop you take your car to.

Instead of making continuous trips to the mechanic because you have an old car with several problems, learn the warning signs for certain parts that could become damaged. This, along with the other tips in this article, should help you learn simple auto repair. Keep these tips in mind when the car acts up.


Saturday, 30 July 2016

Fluctuating cholesterol may affect brain health

Greater fluctuations in “bad” cholesterol levels may be linked to worse cognitive function in elderly adults, according to new research in the American Heart Association's (AHA) journal Circulation.

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Traffic deaths rose in 2015

Preliminary data released by the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show a 7.7 percent increase in motor vehicle traffic deaths in 2015. An estimated 35,200 people died in 2015, up from the 32,675 reported fatalities in 2014.

Prevent Back Pain With This Hollow Hold Leg Lift Move

In this video, you'll learn how to do a Hollow Hold Leg Lift with fitness expert Lauren Williams. Start by lying on the ground with a rolled-up towel under your lower back, then alternate leg lifts to activate your core muscles.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

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While lead poisoning can cause serious health problems for adults, children are especially vulnerable. There's no question that the presence of lead paint in your home is a serious and potentially deadly issue. Until now, the options for addressing lead hazards in the home haven't always been easy or affordable. 

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Monday, 25 July 2016

Gulf War Veterans still have high rate of multisymptom illness

Veterans of the Gulf War are more than twice as likely to have medically unexplained symptoms known as "multisymptom illness" (MSI), compared to Iraq/Afghanistan War veterans, according to an updated research review in the July Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, official publication of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM).

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Illinois EMTs exposed to bloodborne pathogens

Federal safety and health investigators found Altamont Ambulance Service Inc. failed to follow specific guidelines to protect emergency healthcare workers from exposure to bloodborne pathogens and other hazards while providing patient care.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Improving workers' health across the globe

According to the International Labour Organization, globally, 6,300 people die as a result of occupational injury or work-related diseases every day – more than 2.3 million deaths per year. This has a tremendous impact on the global community- individuals, families, and employers.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Health gadgets and apps outpace privacy protections, report finds

The federal patient privacy law known as HIPAA has not kept pace with wearable fitness trackers, mobile health apps and online patient communities, leaving a gaping hole in regulations that needs to be filled, according to a much-delayed government report released today.

Conn. mattress maker fails to correct cited hazards

After Recyc-Mattress Corp, an East Hartford, Connecticut mattress recycling company, failed to provide OSHA with information that it had remedied all the hazards cited in a 2015 inspection, the agency began an inspection on Jan. 12, 2016, to verify correction of the hazards.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Home health care worker sexually assaulted on the job

The sexual assault of a home health care worker has resulted in a willful citation against one of the nation's leading providers of pediatric home health and therapy services for medically frail and chronically ill children, after it failed to protect its employees properly from the dangers of workplace violence.

Utah health officials puzzled by a (Zika) medical mystery

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is helping the state of Utah figure out a medical mystery: how a person with no apparent exposure to the Zika virus contracted the disease.

Monday, 18 July 2016

Worker dies while servicing operating coal elevator

The death of a Tonawanda Coke Corp. employee who was pulled into the rotating shaft of a coal elevator on Jan. 6, 2016, could have been prevented, an inspection by OSHA's Buffalo Area Office has determined.

Sunday, 17 July 2016

OSHA delays enforcement of part of reporting rule

OSHA is delaying enforcement of the anti-retaliation provisions in its new injury and illness tracking rule to conduct additional outreach and provide educational materials and guidance for employers.

Thursday, 14 July 2016

How much risk does the Zika virus pose for Olympic visitors?

According to the Brazilian Tourism Board, approximately 350,000 – 500,000 international visitors and athletes from 207 countries are expected to travel to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games (Games).



Instead of looking back when evaluating firing ranges, looking at what presently is happening is a more accurate approach to what tomorrow looks like. Failure to hold firing ranges to strict standards of compliance has served to hurt many communities for having committed this mistake. Learning the hard way, cities now know a crystal ball is not needed to see the present. It has cost these cities, and the taxpayers, millions of dollars, aside from exposing people to the risk of lead poisoning from indoor firing ranges.

A perfect paradigm of the problem recently received public attention.

The James G. Mangan Rifle and Pistol Range closed operations without giving notice. Over a period of nearly a decade, inspection of the facility by local authorities occurred on several occasions. The inspections revealed numerous violations. Many of the violations indicated they accumulated overtime, showing that regulators never enforced or backed up any citation. Despite these violations, some revealing lead readings that exceeded the Department of Public Health's standards for safety, the apparent lack of a proper cleanup was also clear.

Most poignantly and dangerous came the discovery that the roof of the firing range and the surrounding premises contained lead at alarming levels. The dangerous metal was discovered in the ground of a park, on sidewalks and on nearby homes.

Studies performed after the firing range shuttered, revealed lead contamination approaching toxic levels. It was further discovered that the ventilation system meant to filter out lead dust and reduce contamination had been improperly cleaned.

If this were the only example, it would stir little attention. The Lake Chabot Gun Club is another example, however. Located on the shores of a lake, this firing range operated next to the water supply used by the nearby local community. After shuttering its doors, the estimated cost of lead remediation rose to nearly 20 million - the brunt of the cost belonged to the city. Many of the problems plaguing the Mangan firing range, also affected the Chabot Gun Club. 

It seems there is a playbook for firing ranges readily available to cities and state authorities. 

Again, the issue of lead accumulation growing to dangerous levels without government intervention comes to the fore. At some facilities, exposure to lead contamination over years has proven dangerous to employees who risk organ failure. So, not properly cleaning is clearly a major consideration. But of equal import is the failure of city, state and federal authorities to back up their regulations. With such dire consequences, this is a 'no-brainer'.

The potential cost to cities and citizens, the real and dangerous health threat should make this a glaring concern for authorities. To not take the proper steps to protect citizens is negligent. To know that the examples above are not just confined to a few firing ranges, or just one or two states, eliminates ignorance as an excuse by those responsible for upholding the laws and regulations.

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Lead Paint Removal: Adhering to Government Regulations Regarding Lead Paint Poisoning

Removal of lead paint and minimizing lead dust from spreading are essential to maintaining people's health. Establishing government regulations that dictate the procedures for removal of the dangerous lead component serve to assure the public, including those individuals who remove the lead, that no health issues will ensue from the process. RCRA, OSHA and the EPA provide guidelines, policies and procedures that regulate lead remediation.

Since 1978, the government banned lead as an ingredient in paint. Nearly four decades later, the problems associated with lead continue to persist. Shockingly, lead poisoning remains responsible for the poisoning of nearly one million children per year. An article appearing in the Kansas City Star reports, "[T]his nation has failed to meet a 2010 goal to eliminate childhood lead poisoning by attacking a problem that often exists in poor and minority neighborhoods." 

What is happening in poor neighborhoods to America's children only underscores how important it is to 'get the lead out', while highlighting the need to follow regulations that govern the process for lead and lead dust removal. 

Delving into the processes gives insight to the reason why lead is so dangerous to human health. These are the requirements OSHA demands an individual adhere to when cleaning up lead:

  1. Appropriate respirators

  2. Appropriate personal protective clothing and equipment

  3. Change areas

  4. Hand-washing facilities

  5. Biological monitoring

  6. Training

With these protections in place, a worker is safe, but an individual living in an old home is fully exposed to the dangers. These dangers to health are very real and extremely devastating. In an article by Dr. Charles Crutchfield III, he wrote, “It causes permanent damage, [such as] development, behavior, hearing, intelligence and the ability to learn.  Most of these changes are irreversible." With enough exposure, Dr. Crutchfield concluded that death is the likely result.

Depending on the type of removal, as with embedded lead, a change in the procedure and the tools required to safely remediate the lead will follow. Always in the process is the fear that lead dust or lead fumes will billow up, spread and be inhaled by those nearby. Aside from isolating people from construction projects,OSHA recommends, for example, "[U]sing ... vacuum blast cleaning, wet abrasive blast cleaning, shrouded power tool cleaning, or chemical stripping to ...reduce exposure to respirable airborne particulates containing lead."

When the process of removal is in progress, the greatest fear is airborne lead particles, as the above regulatory guideline indicates.

Those living in old homes where paint is peeling off the walls, who suffer under the blistering summer sun--all events that disturb the lead and release its devastating effects--have no such protections that OSHA (and other agencies) enforce.

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The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and its community are changing the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated. The Organization is made up of tens of thousands of member organizations, chapters and student and community volunteers that are moving the building industry forward in a way that has never been seen before.

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Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Construction co. ordered to make safety PSAs - or pay fine

A New York State Supreme Court judge ordered a general contractor to either create a TV public service announcement or pay a $10,000 fine for its role in the death of an employee at a construction site.

Illinois mail carrier stung 30+ times by hornets

A U.S. Postal Service (USPS) worker was hospitalized yesterday after being attacked by a swarm of hornets while delivering mail in suburban Chicago.

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

APHA: We CAN build violence-free communities

“This week's tragedies that have taken the lives of Americans in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; St. Paul, Minnesota; and Dallas bring to light a significant danger to our well-being: the presence of hate, often fueled by fear, resentment, displaced anger and/or racism.”

Head-on train crash in Italy kills 23

Italian authorities are trying to determine why two passenger trains collided head-on in southern Italy Tuesday morning, killing 23 people and wounding dozens of others.

Understanding the Risks of Lead Paint Abatement

As the seasons change and our tastes become a little more defined, many people get tired of looking at the same-old-same-old in their homes. Not everyone is out to completely remodel their dwellings, but most are going to tackle a home improvement project or few. Make sure you're doing it right by following the tips below.

Lead Paint Removal Products  are important to consider when dealing with lead-based paint projects.

One of the quickest, easiest and cheapest ways to improve your home is paint. Whether it is the outside or the inside, both areas will look new and transformed. Pick neutral shades and brighter trim colors. Plain white walls tend to make your home look like a rental and not owner occupied.

When renovating your kitchen, avoid tiled counters. Tiled countertops are less sanitary than granite or mock-stone countertops, because food and other contaminants can build up in the spaces between the tiles. Tile countertops can also crack or even shatter if a heavy dish is dropped onto them, unlike countertops made of more modern materials.

Throwing out an old sofa can be very tempting when it no longer looks new and clean. However, with the same effort it takes you to throw it out, you can buy some nice slipcovers and throw it on your sofa. Slipcovers are available in a myriad of designs and can spice up an old sofa very easily.

Remember your environment whenever you are making improvements to your home. Having additions built like a room to bask in the sun in without insulation when you live somewhere like Michigan, or a deck that isn't covered in Arizona, this will deter home-buyers. Do what you want within the bounds of reason.

If you have a cabinet door that just won't stay closed, try replacing the cabinet lock. You might want to try using a magnetic cabinet lock, as they generally last longer than wheel based cabinet lock systems. Simply remove the old lock and attach the new lock in the same location. Use wood screws if needed to create new holes.

Make your home feel like a home by adding a doormat. A lot of people tend to overlook the addition of a doormat in front of a door. It not only serves a purpose of making a home feel complete, but also serves to keep your floors clean. Putting out a doormat where people can wipe their feet will cut down the amount of time you spend cleaning your floors.

Have a large bulletin board in your kitchen or living room, where you can write reminders for yourself of things you need to do or bills you need to pay. Emergency phone numbers, contacts, brochures, postcards and notes to yourself, look better arranged on a bulletin board and won't clutter your refrigerator or other appliances.

What you have just learned from the tips above might not be as specific as you need for any one particular project, but you should get a good idea of how you need to prepare for a home improvement project. It's not just something you should leap into. Use what you've learned here to act as your guide.

Monday, 11 July 2016

New report gives oil industry biodiversity guidance

Oil and gas exploration, development and production can have a potential impact on the natural and social environments in which they take place.

Sunday, 10 July 2016

"Needless loss of a worker's life" was preventable

The death of a Tonawanda Coke Corp. employee who was pulled into the rotating shaft of a coal elevator on Jan. 6, 2016, could have been prevented, an inspection by OSHA's Buffalo Area Office. As he prepared to grease and lubricate the elevator, the worker's jacket was caught, pulling the man onto the rotating shaft.

Friday, 8 July 2016

Worker survives 126-foot fall from wind turbine in Kansas

A worker fell more than 12 stories from the top of a wind turbine in Kansas, and was conscious and talking when emergency personnel arrived, authorities said.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

NIH to study pregnant women in areas affected by Zika virus

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Fundacao Oswaldo Cruz-Fiocruz (Fiocruz), a national scientific research organization linked to the Brazilian Ministry of Health, have begun a multi-country study to evaluate the magnitude of health risks that Zika virus infection poses to pregnant women and their developing fetuses and infants.

How we could cut motor vehicle crash fatalities in half

About 90 people die each day from motor vehicle crashes in the United States, resulting in the highest death rate among 19 high-income comparison countries. Our nation has made progress in road safety, reducing crash deaths by 31 percent from 2000 to 2013.

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

24 foot fall kills NJ warehouse supervisor

An OSHA investigation into a New Jersey workplace fatality found numerous safety violations at the facility. The agency issued one willful, one repeat and six serious violations against the man's employer, Wei-Chuan U.S.A. Inc.

Top 5 reasons people don't get screened for colorectal cancer

Living a healthy lifestyle can help reduce your risk of colorectal cancer, but regular screening is also important. Testing can often find colorectal cancer early, when it's most treatable, or sometimes even prevent it altogether. For that reason, the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the Anthem Foundation are working together to encourage all men and women to get screened beginning at age 50.

OSHA penalties to be adjusted for inflation after August 1

Maximum penalties for OSHA violations are set to increase for the first time since 1990 as part of overall federal penalty adjustments mandated by Congress last year. The increases were announced Thursday by the Department of Labor, which issued two interim rules covering penalty adjustments for several DOL agencies, including OSHA, the Mine Safety and Health Administration and Wage and Hour Division.

Europe contemplates a digital future

“We are living through a digital revolution,” believes Gunther Oettinger, European Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society. Digital services are transforming every sector of our lives.
At the final session of the second day of the ETUC-ETUI Conference on Shaping the New World of Work in Brussels, the Commissioner predicted that in the future, “anything that can be digitalised will be digitalised”, covering up to 90% of goods and services.

Monday, 4 July 2016

NIOSH research on aerial lifts leads to virtual simulator

Last month, NIOSH and its partners asked construction workers and employers to take part in the second National Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction. This event calls for work to pause so workers can focus on activities to prevent falls.

How Europeans think digitalization will affect labor markets

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is knocking on our door. It is going to radically change employment and the nature of work in the coming years. Our economies must prepare for a storm of unprecedented technical and socio-economic changes that will affect labour markets and will radically transform our relationship with work.

Advocacy groups fight Idaho's "ag-gag" law

Food & Water Watch and the Center for Biological Diversity are urging the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to affirm a lower court's ruling striking down an Idaho law that stifles the public's access to information about industrial animal agriculture operations, citing food safety and public health concerns.