Brent Kahle is the ASSE Greater Detroit Chapter University of Findlay Technical Paper Scholarship Winner for 2017-18. He is a student in the Environmental, Safety & Occupational Health Management program at the University of Findlay in Ohio. Brent will graduate in May 2019. His paper is titled Teaching Safety Top to Bottom: Using Behavior-Based Safety as the Best Method of Creating a Safety Culture.
A Blanket Can Save a Life
Mar 12, 2018
By Kathleen Hiltner, MS, CSP, Paramedic
An unexpected event occurs in the workplace. A coworker has been severely injured and is losing blood rapidly. You know you can control external bleeding by applying direct pressure at the bleeding site and a pressure bandage to stop the bleeding, but how can a blanket help save a life?
The Pre-Hospital National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians and American Council of Surgeons stress the importance of preserving body heat in trauma patients. The reason is because clotting factors in the blood require the body to be at or near normal temperature to effectively stop bleeding from trauma. Even when the temperature seems comfortable to you if the patient is shivering or has cold and clammy skin it is likely that they are losing body heat. Low body temperature or hypothermia severely impairs the body’s ability to stop bleeding so it important to maintain body temperature through the use of blankets. It could save a life.
Do you have a blanket in your emergency first-aid kit?
PHTLS; prehospital trauma life support, (8th ed.). S.I.: JONES & BARTLETT LEARNING
Building an Integrated Food Safety System One Brick at a Time
May 23, 2017
Abraham Lincoln was once quoted as saying, “Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.” You must be wondering how long you have to wait before you begin to see the integrated food safety system that government agencies have been promoting. Are there target dates, timelines and plans? Who are the ones who “hustle” while we wait?
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OSHA Suspends Rule Requiring Firms Report Injury and Illness Data Electronically
May 23, 2017
The Labor Department on Wednesday suspended an Obama-era rule requiring that companies electronically report their injury and illness records, a move that effectively keeps these records from being publicly disclosed for the immediate future.
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