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Safety threats from the cleaning store
Care should be taken when using chemicals as part of your job or at home. Most chemical related injuries are to the eyes and skin, and are often a result of using cleaning chemicals incorrectly or without prior instruction. Cleaning chemicals rely on a combination of powerful chemical agents to help loosen and remove stains and spills from all types of surfaces. When used properly, they are generally safe and very useful with certified-green cleaning chemicals offering extra protection.
Care is necessary and we have included some tips below
- Know exactly where and what cleaning chemicals are stored and used.
- Make sure all chemicals are stored in their original containers
- Note how many and what size of chemicals containers are stored in the building (keep a stock record)
- Keep container labels and material safety data sheets for all cleaning chemicals (data sheets should be stored centrally)
- Ensure chemicals are not stored in direct sunlight
- Kept storage areas at moderate temperatures to ensure ongoing safety.
- Color-code shelves in each storage area (different colors for different chemical products)
- Allow proper ventilation to help prevent any fumes from spreading throughout the building.
- Ensure colleagues are trained in usage and taught proper cleanup and disposal procedures in case of spills.
- Keep on top of clutter and remove out of date or disused chemical agents.
Heart Attacks – What can we do?
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) or Heart disease is the world’s number one killer. It is currently responsible for 17.3 million deaths per year, and by 2030 this figure is expected to rise to 23 million. At an international and national level we all need to take action to reduce this deadly disease.
Please have a have a look at the heart choice video and think about what we can do to save lives.
On a local or personal note do you know how the signs or symptoms of a heart attack? The below can help!
- Unexpected pain or discomfort in your chest which feels like pressure, fullness, or a squeezing pain in the center of your chest; it lasts for more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back;
- Pain and discomfort that extend beyond your chest to other parts of your upper body;
- Pain in one or both arms, your back, neck, stomach, teeth, and jaw;
- Experiencing an unexplained shortness of breath, with or without chest discomfort;
- Unexpected cold sweats, nausea or vomiting;
- A light head, anxiety, indigestion, and unexplained tiredness;
Chest pain and related discomfort are the most common heart attack symptoms for men and women. Women are more likely to experience further symptoms, including short breath, nausea and vomiting; They can also experience extreme tiredness, neck, shoulder, and upper back pain as well as abdominal pain.
If you, a family member, friend or colleague are with experiences chest pain or any heart attack symptoms, please call 999 immediately. Don’t wait
To learn more about hearts and get a insight into how we all can do to create a world of healthy hearts visit the World Heart Federation website
Protecting Children at Your Home
Learn more about creating and maintaining a safe home environment for your children. These hints and tips can help!
Top Tip for a Safer Home
- Give young kids your full and undivided attention when they are in the bath or around water.
- Check smoke alarms batteries every six month to ensure they are working.
- Ensure you are aware of safe sleeping guidelines for children of all ages.
- Childproof your home to reduce falls and trips .e.g. stair gates or window guards.
- Keep all medicines and tablets in a safe secure location away from the reach of children.
- Remove matches or lighters from within easy reach of kids.
Get further details by downloading the latest report from Safe Kids Worldwide, a global organisation dedicated to protecting kids. Please click Download PCYH to access the report.
Health and Safety Workshop for Community Sector Organisations
Training and Consultancy Ireland (TC Ireland) held a workshop for community and voluntary sector organisations on April 22nd 2015 in the Carmelite Community Centre, 56 Aungier St. Dublin 2. Participants from over 20 organisations attended and gained an insight into general Health and Safety requirements.
Participants were offered information on various elements of safety in the workplace including
- the legal requirement of employers and employees;
- the importance of risk assessments;
- reporting accidents and incidents;
- free tools which can support health and safety in the organisation;
- taking the next steps.
We would like to thanks all those that attended and to download a copy of the workshop presentation please click Health & Safety Workshop Community Sector.
Manual Handling – Think before you lift?
Manual handling injuries are not only caused by lifting or carrying heavy loads. Injuries can also occur when handling objects in different ways. Examples include pulling, pushing, holding or restraining objects. The object can be anything from a hotel bed or office chair to a piece of equipment or luggage.
It is worth remembering that lifting techniques and good posture can help reduce the risks. Training in manual handing together will identifying changes in the workplace act as an effective route to reducing and eliminating manual handling injury. It is worth noting that a full manual handling risk assessment should be carried out at your place of business and a safety adviser engaged to offer guidance about managing the risks associated with manual handling. TC Ireland can support. Call 01 8245799 for advice.
Workplace Health – Manage Stress
Work-related stress give rise to significant costs for organisations and the Irish economy. Workers are likely to take a significant amount of time off work when suffering from work-related stress and other mental health challenges. When suffering from work-related stress, workers also tend to come to work when they are unable to function properly (known as ‘presenteeism’). This leads to reduced productivity, and consequently to a reduction in business profitability. The EU estimates the total costs of mental health disorders (both work and non-work related) €240 billion per year.
The business case and message is clear: preventing and managing stress and other mental health risks is an important task. Action will lead to a healthy and productive workforce, reduced absenteeism and accident and injury rates, and improved retention of staff Have a look at the video and visit this European Union website, www.healthy-workplaces.eu to learn more.
Defibrillation and Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs)
Defibrillation is the delivery of lifesaving electrical energy to the heart during an abnormal rhythm or very rapid erratic beating of the heart. Generally electrodes placed on the patient’s chest to allow delivery of a measured electrical shock to the heart in order to restore the hearts natural rhythm.
Automatic external defibrillators, or AEDs, are small devices that analyse the heart rhythm and provide the shock needed for defibrillation. Again electrodes are placed on a patient’s chest. The electrodes send information about the person’s heart rhythm to a computer in the AED. The computer analyses the heart rhythm to find out whether an electric shock is needed. The AED should prompts the user when a shock is required. It is important for staff or volunteers learn how to use an AED and taking a CPR courses can offer you the confidence to deal with a life event.
Dangerous Daffodils banned from the village green – April Fool or Not?
Complaints from the public are being fobbed off with health and safety excuses are at a record high. The HSE report that dangerous daffodils have being banned on a village green and pork crackling is not on the menu at a restaurant because it might splash the chef. More than 600 people approached the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) Myth Busters Challenge Panel in its first 3 years after being told ‘health and safety’ stops them from doing something. In the overwhelming majority of cases, the HSE panel has confirmed that health and safety regulations do not ban the activity and that ‘health and safety’ is being used as a smokescreen, usually to hide poor customer service.
Dangerous daffodils’ and 10 more health and safety myths
- pork crackling not on the menu at a restaurant because it might splash the chef
- prams banned from a children’s centre for health and safety reasons
- dangerous daffodils removed from a village green
- custard pie fight at a local event cancelled because of health and safety
- chippy not allowing customers to put salt and vinegar on their fish and chips
- ban on playing with conkers and yoyos, using skipping ropes, and climbing trees
- selfie sticks banned in a nightclub
- sheep and cow droppings in a field stopping a scout group camping
- school production cancelled because lighting operator had not attended ladder training course
- loose flowers and pots not allowed on graves
- office ban on paperclips
To read more please click here Source: Press Release from Department of Work and Pension (UK)
Carbon Monoxide Kills
Carbon Monoxide kills on average one to two people in Ireland every year. It is a poisonous, colourless, odourless gas which is produced when carbon fuels such as coal, wood, gas, petrol or oil do not have enough oxygen to burn completely. Have a look at this safety message from Bord Gas Network.
Remember – dangerous amounts of carbon monoxide can accumulate at home or in a business as a result of any or a combination of the following:
- Faulty or damaged heating appliances
- Appliances not maintained or serviced
- Rooms not properly ventilated n Blocked chimneys or flues n Poor installation of heating appliances
- Property alterations or home improvements that reduce ventilation
- Running engines such as vehicles or lawnmowers in garages
- Improper operation of appliances such as using cooking appliances for heating purposes or the use of barbecues indoors or under cover
- The operation of petrol driven mobile generators indoors
- The bulk storage of wood chips, such as those used for wood chip heating systems.
- Never run engines in enclosed spaces, never block vents and keep chimneys clear.
If you have concerns related to Carbon Monoxide please contact the safety line on 1850 797979 and visit www.carbonmonoxide.ie
Ergonomic – deals with designing and arranging things so that people can use them easily and safely
Employees with career requiring long periods of time sitting at an office workstation need to be mindful of maintaining, good posture and physical activity levels throughout the day. It is important to stand up and stretch at least once per hour. A quick walk around the office every hour is a good idea. Engaging in regular exercise before or after work is not enough, but thirty minutes of physical activity per day is helpful. Have a look at the video below and you will learn more about ergonomics
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