New OSHA (194.07) First Aid Guidelines…

March 11, 2010

How do OSHA guidelines affect work comp premiums and insurance claims?  Here is a little detail on why first aid reportables can make all the difference….

First Aid or Recordable? New OSHA guidelines…..
Some workers’ compensation injuries are of such a minor nature that the law permits the employer to treat or refer for treatment of these injuries and pay for them privately rather than through the workers’ compensation insurance carrier. These injuries are known as First Aid and are not recordable injuries per OSHA guidelines and no claims file needs to be made up for them. All other injuries are considered Medical Treatment, which are recordable for OSHA guidelines and for which claims files are made up.

Due to the benefits employers derive from classifying injuries as first aid, it is necessary to understand which injuries can be so classified and when they must be reported to the insurer and to OSHA. This list of first aid treatments if comprehensive, i.e., any treatment not included on this list is not considered first aid for OSHA record keeping purposes. OSHA considers the listed treatments to be first aid regardless of the professional qualifications of the person providing the treatment; even when a physician, nurse, or other health care professional provides these treatments, they are considered first aid for record keeping purposes.

New Rules under OSHA 194.07
Note: MT = Medical Treatment FA = First Aid – 1 does of prescription medication now MT (Old rule: 2 doses MT)
– OTC med at prescription strength now MT (Old rule any dosage FA)
– Any number of hot/cold treatments now FA – (Old rule 2 or more treatments MT)
– Drilling a nail now FA – (Old rule MT)
– Butterfly bandage/Steri-Strip now FA – (Old rule MT)

All First Voice kits and Self-contained Emergency Treatment (SET) Systems are designed with careful consideration to these types of OSHA guidelines.  Contact us for more details on how first aid programs can be made easier for EHS and Safety Supervisors, 888-473-1777.  info@firstvoice.us

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What to look for when choosing a new health club

March 5, 2010

Did you make a New Year’s resolution to improve your health? Does your plan include joining a fitness club and getting some exercise?

If so, you might want to think twice about which club you join. There’s more to think about than which is closest and which costs the least.

I know from my industry expertise, if you choose a club that is not careful about safety, sanitation, and service, there can be some unpleasant and dangerous, consequences.

Security

Is your stuff safe? Locker rooms are a bad place to leave valuables. It’s just too easy for a thief to get into your locker. Don’t rely on the fitness center to safeguard your valuables.

Is the parking lot well lit? Especially for clubs that are open very early or very late. Daylight hours are shorter many months of the year and you could easily find yourself going to and from your car in the dark.

Sanitary

A good health club will have a clean locker room and restroom. If these areas look or smell bad, let that be a red flag to you.

The exercise equipment should be disinfected between users. The club should provide paper towels and disinfectant, along with posted instructions on how to sanitize the equipment after use.

Safety

Are first aid kits stocked and available at all times? Does the club have a portable defibrillator on hand? These defibrillators, commonly called AED’s (automated external defibrillator), can be the difference between life and death for someone who experiences a sudden heart attack. Over 250,000 people die of heart attacks in the U.S. each year and fitness clubs are one of the high-risk areas.

The American Heart Association urges all fitness centers, including those in schools, to have at least one AED. As of 2001, all 50 states have at least some kind of AED law, but only a few actually mandate them. For instance, Illinois requires every fitness club to have at least one AED and a trained user on the premises.

How can you be sure?

If you can’t tell, then ask! If you’re not sure about some of the above issues, be sure to ask. A quality health club will be happy to tell you where the first aid kits are, what their staff’s training is, and where they keep the defibrillator.

Consider all the factors when choosing a fitness club. If your gym does not have all of the above, you should demand it for your business you are giving them.  Stand up for your rights!


Press Release: First Voice Handling the Elements with Rugged First Aid System

September 25, 2009

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Leading the way in multilingual workplace technology-aided first aid response

Hiawatha, Iowa, August 24, 2009 – Think Safe delivers state-of-the art upgraded first aid innovations consistently, while maintaining its track record of meeting and exceeding industry standards. The Rugged+AED Self-contained Emergency Treatment (SET) System is one of those innovations, providing a compact and low cost-of-ownership rugged AED, color-coded first aid supply bags, and the highly endorsed Emergency Instruction Device (EID) all packaged in a rugged, waterproof Pelican case made to handle the toughest situations.

Donald Linder, doctor of emergency medicine at St. Luke’s Hospital – one of the nation’s

Dr. Donald Linder with the Emergency Instruction Device outside his hospital in Cedar Rapids, IA.
Dr. Donald Linder with the Emergency Instruction Device outside his hospital in Cedar Rapids, IA.

Top 100 Heart Hospitals – says that the system is comprehensive and a key first aid tool to supplement CPR and first aid training. “With over 3.8 million disabling workplace injuries and over 250,000 Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) deaths in the US annually, and first aid and CPR skills studies showing only a six-week retention, First Voice provides a quality solution for the retention problem and the failure to have the right supplies immediately accessible.” In a SCA event, studies show that a 4-minute or less time to defibrillation is one of the keys to survival and recovery of the victim.

“Our Rugged+AED SET System adds high value by its tough versatility and easy to find color-coded supplies matching our First Voice EID’s audible and visual coaching prompts,” says CEO/President of Think Safe Paula Wickham. “This system is designed for any rough environment that is subject to the elements, or venue that is expected to comply with OSHA’s general industry and workplace first aid and AED requirements or recommendations.”

First Voice Rugged+AED SET System
First Voice Rugged+AED SET System

The Rugged+AED SET System steps a responder through all major and minor first aid events with clear and calm multi-step instructions utilizing the EID and the coordinating first aid supplies, all housed (including the rugged AED**) in the Pelican case. The system is available from select distributors including CPR and First Aid Training Centers or first aid supplies and safety distributors nationally. More information can be found online.

All protocols within the system are compliant with 2005 approved ECC/American Heart Association and American Red Cross First Aid and CPR protocols. With a recently added new EID “Language” button responders can now hear emergency instructions in Spanish or English, with the capability of 20 or more additional languages available. The contents of the color-coded first aid supply bags allow the Rugged+AED SET System to meet and exceed OSHA and ANSI’s newly updated 2008 first aid compliance standards.

**AED is optional, added to fit specific needs

To learn more about the First Voice SET Systems, visit us online or feel free to call one of our experts today at 888.473.1777 today!


The Government’s Requirements on First Aid Preparedness

July 31, 2009

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Be it running a company or working for one, you need to know what is recommended for first aid treatment and preparedness protocols. There are groups like Raise Your Hand trying to spread awareness, and of course the United States Department of Labor: Occupational Safety & Health Administration (commonly known as OSHA) does its part to spread the word too.

Here’s how OSHA puts it:

It is a requirement of OSHA that employees be given a safe and healthy workplace that is reasonably free of occupational hazards. However, it is unrealistic to expect accidents not to happen. Therefore, employers are required to provide medical and first aid personnel and supplies commensurate with the hazards of the workplace. The details of a workplace medical and first aid program are dependent on the circumstances of each workplace and employer.

OSHA even provides general information that may be of assistance here.

Here at Think Safe we spend a lot of time and energy into making sure our products not only meet OSHA’s standards, but exceed them as well. Be it the First Aid Cube, our Online Training, top-rated ResQr First Aid & CPR Coach, or the American Lifeguard Association-endorsed Emergency Instruction Device, the First Voice line of products are setting new standards in emergency first aid preparedness for the home or business.

Minimum’s mentality will never do when it comes to saving a life. Why risk everything by not taking the appropriate actions to ensure the safety of your loved ones and employees? If you need more encouragement, just remember that Uncle Sam says so too.


Free Safety Resources from the National Safety Council

June 24, 2009

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It’s National Safety Month is a great opportunity to look at how prepared you are for that random moment when an emergency happens. Do you know what to do? No really, do you? Because if you don’t have a plan set in place that you review and know exactly what to do in case of an emergency – you may be putting you, your friends and/or your loved onces at risk.

But that’s why companies like Think Safe and groups like the National Safety Council (NSC) exist! The NSC has a great resouce online that encourages you to get involved in spreading safety awareness this month:

Your involvement in National Safety Month can help reduce employee injuries on and off the job. Take advantage of materials each week that target some of our nation’s most pressing safety risks.

Check out the free safety posters and safety tips from the NSC


American Lifeguard Association endorses the First Voice EID!

June 23, 2009

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AMERICAN LIFEGUARD ASSOCIATION ENDORSES FIRST VOICE DEVICE BY THINK SAFE

American Lifeguard Association (ALA) now endorses the First Voice EID.

Hiawatha, Iowa, June 23, 2009 – The American Lifeguard Association (ALA) has endorsed the Think Safe First Voice Emergency Instruction Device (EID).

As one of the largest sponsors of Health and Safety training programs in the United States, the goal of the (ALA) is to improve the quality and accessibility of Health and Safety programs to the public. Since its establishment in 1990 the ALA has issued over 100,000 certifications in the areas of health and safety.

“Over 3,500 individuals drown every year in the US. First Voice equipment should be at every pool and everyone should know where it is located,” said BJ Fisher, Director of Heath and Safety for the ALA. “It is easy to use and it builds an extra level of confidence into potentially panic-stricken situations.”

“We are pleased to receive the endorsement from American Lifeguard Association, a top-tier safety organization who understands the importance of being prepared and improving access to lifesaving equipment and training. Our EID utilizes technology to immediately guide any individual through the right steps of action for lifesaving CPR or first aid procedures, including 9-1-1 and other important reminders,” said Think Safe President/CEO, Paula Wickham, on the endorsement.

Think Safe Inc is committed to setting new standards for comprehensive emergency readiness and response. Manufacturing products for complete injury management and providing services that improve access to first aid and CPR training, Think Safe Inc products and services are a good fit for corporate and industrial environments, parks and recreational facilities, schools, convention and sport centers, remote or high-risk locations, and a host of other public gathering places. Think Safe Inc offers its patent pending systems in a variety of models, from a dedicated portable unit to software for computers and mobile devices. A selection of lightweight, portable cases and bags is available to meet various space, use, and environmental needs. For details about Think Safe Inc and its products, call Jen Mittan at 319-377-5125 or visit www.think-safe.com.

Check out our videos on the new EID

Think Safe Newsroom | EID on Think Safe


2009 Saxcies Finalists Announced!

June 12, 2009

We want to send a big congratulations to all the 2009 Saxcies  Finalists.

The Saxcies™ honor SafetyXChange members, both individuals and companies, for outstanding achievement and dedication to workplace health and safety.

The Saxcies™ recognize and reward excellence in 5 categories:

  • Safety Program of the Year
  • Safety Hero of the Year
  • SafetyXChange Contributor of the Year
  • Safety Trainer of the Year
  • The Henshaw Award for Corporate Leadership in Safety

Think Safe won the award for Best New Safety Product in 2006 for Self-contained Emergency Treatment System. JumpBag SET System (#FV3101)

Here’s an excerpt talking about Think Safe from 2006 Saxcies: The Winners:

It was a great choice. First Voice started with an observation. Annette Carter was a flight nurse who responded to medical emergencies. When she’d touch down at the scene of an emergency, she’d find more often than not that the victim had received no, inadequate or even harmful treatment. The problem: People on the scene lacked the information and supplies necessary to stabilize the victim until help could arrive. Sadly, therefore, opportunities to save the victim’s life or prevent serious injury were lost. Nurse Carter saw how the AED had saved victims of cardiac arrest. A light bulb went off. “Let’s use the same concept and technology to save victims of other kinds of medical emergency,” she resolved.

The result is First Voice. First Voice provides a series of interactive Yes/No verbal prompts for more than 30 medical emergencies including burns, broken bones, HAZMAT incidents, severe bleeding and CPR. Like an AED, it empowers a person on the scene to provide lifesaving first aid, even if that person has absolutely no training. It even comes with pre-packaged supplies.

We won one of their prestigious helmets.

We won one of their prestigious helmets.

To learn more about the JumpBag SET System – or any of the other 13 – you can do so at the Think Safe site or feel free to reach out via Twitter, email or call at 888-473-1777.