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Green Guard Privileged to provide AED that helped save a life in Atlanta this week

 A job is truly rewarding when your company is part of saving a life. Green Guard sold and maintain the AED that this well trained hero utilized. Green Guard First Aid has been privileged to be a part of numerous saves through our CPR/FA/AED training and life saving equipment sales.

MARTA OFFICERS PRAISED FOR QUICK ACTION AFTER 2 HEART ATTACKS AT TRAIN STATION

The officers used a portable defibrillator unit which was placed in all 38 rail station in 2009.

ATLANTA – Two men were saved by the MARTA Police after they both suffered heart attacks just hours apart from one another.

On Tuesday, April 17, Officer K. Softley, Corp. M. Woodward, Officer-in-Training B. Dennis and Sgt. L. Martin were told about a man who was in cardiac arrest at the Kensington Station at 8:48 a.m.

They used an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and CPR to revive the man and kept him stable until they were able to transport him to a local hospital. Unfortunately, he later died at the hospital due to another medical issue.

Just over an hour later, those same officers were called to another person going into cardiac arrest at the same station and used an AED and CPR to stabilize that man and transported him to a hospital where he remains in stable condition.

“We have AEDs in each of our stations and our officers are trained in CPR,” said MARTA Police Chief Wanda Y. Dunham. “The fact that there were two separate cardiac arrests at the same station just an hour apart is rather remarkable. I’m proud of the way the officers responded.”

 

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Middle school educators save man’s life during heart attack

Neil Carew a longtime photographer, was in the school gym when he suffered a heart attack.

”When I turned around, he went down at that moment,” said coach and teacher Cathy Egger. “I went and shook him and called out his name a little bit and I said, ‘This isn’t working.’”

Egger then went to get help. She called our for Denis Minks Who was close by.

After calling 911, Principal Clay Hudgins ran into the gym with the AED the school had right outside of the gym

Longtime nurse Katrina Kalhleffel took the lead, opening the AED and placing the patches from the device onto Carew’s chest.

The AED advised that a shock was necessary. It then proceeded to shock twice before continuing with CPR.

“I don’t think he would’ve made it, possibly not even to the hospital. He certainly would not have left the hospital functioning as he is,” said Carew’s doctor Nils Johnson with Memorial Hermann. “When the heart stops, all of the organs in the body suffer. They don’t get the blood flow that they need. On average, less than 10 percent of people like him make it to leave the hospital with a meaningful mental status, that is, a meaningful mental recovery after this.”

Source: ABC 13 Wallis, TX


Is your First Aid program compliant?

Ever wondered if your company meets ANSI standards for workplace First Aid?

As we all seek to limit the number of hospital visits, now is a good time for companies to review their First Aid Programs. Below is some important information on First Aid compliance requirements.

ANSI (American National Standards Institute) Minimum Requirements for Workplace First Aid Kits and Supplies (ANSI Z308.1) establishes the minimum requirements for first aid kit supplies. First aid kits are classified based on the assortment and quantity of first aid supplies intended to deal with most types of injuries and sudden illnesses that may be encountered in the workplace.

5.1.1 Class A Kit’s

Class A first aid kits are intended to provide a basic range of products to deal with most common types of injuries encountered in the workplace including: major wounds, minor wounds (cuts and abrasions), minor burns and eye injuries. First aid kits designated as Class A shall contain the assortment of compliant supplies in the quantities specified in the table below.

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ANSI First Aid Standards

5.1.2 Class B Kits 

Class B kits are intended to provide a broader range and quantity of supplies to deal with injuries encountered in more populated, complex and/or high risk workplace environments. First aid kits designated as Class B shall contain the assortment of compliant supplies in the quantities specified in the table below.

ANSI Class B Cabinet

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Barnhart Crane CPR Class

A big thanks to the team at Barnhart Crane (Jeremy and Greg pictured) practicing CPR during CPR training.

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4 Tips to Avoid Occupational Back Injuries

Safety First

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), more than one million workers experience back injuries each year. One fourth of all workers compensation indemnity claims are a result of back injuries. Low back pain is one of the most common reason that people miss work, second only to the common cold. In America, we spend more than $100 billion annually in medical bills, disability and lost productivity at work from back injuries and illnesses. More importantly, this problem causes unnecessary discomfort and pain to workers which can have a devastating effect on their lifestyle and ability to work. A BLS survey shows that 75% of back injuries occurred while performing lifting tasks, which underscores the importance of reducing back injuries caused by lifting.

#1 – Work Smart

Always warm – Up your back and legs before performing any lifting task! We are ALL athletes in life, so we need to warm-up our body to improve performance and to reduce risk of injury. It’s important to prepare your body for work.

Low Back Rotation Stretch – Stand with hands on hips. Stabilizing the hips and legs, gently roll your upper body forward, right, backward, and left to stretch your lower back. Perform 5 slow circles gradually expanding the circle each time. Repeat in the opposite direction.

Hamstring & Achilles Stretch – Position your body with one leg forward and the toes of that foot raised up. Keep your back straight while you bend forward at the waist. You should feel a stretch in the back of your thigh and knee. Then shift your weight onto your forward leg and bend knee, keep the back leg straight and heel on floor. Hold each stretch for 20 seconds. Perform each stretch 2 times for each leg.

#2 – Before You Lift

  • Know what you are lifting and how you will lift it.
  • Be aware of the weight of the object.
  • Determine whether or not it’s safe to lift on your own.
  • Make sure the work area is flat, dry and clear of debris. CHECK YOUR PATHWAY
  • Make sure the lift pathway is clear .
  • Remove any tripping hazards or debris.
  • Check for any wet or slick surfaces.

#3 – USE ERGONOMIC EQUIPMENT

  • Use lift assists, forklift, dolly, cart, hand truck or hoist .
  • Make sure you are trained before using the equipment.

#4 – GET HELP WHEN NEEDED

  • When lifting awkward or heavy loads, utilize a two person lift .
  • Make sure you lift at the same time and keep the load level. WEAR PROPER PPE
  • Wear proper required protective shoes and gloves.

Contact Green Guard today to help you with you safety and PPE needs.


CPR/First Aid Classes – Corporate and Group Classes May 7th – 11th

CPR/First Aid – Corporate and Group Classes May 7th – 11th

Green Guard offers weekly CPR classes for companies and groups, Green Guard’s CPR, AED and first aid training program will help employers meet OSHA and other federal and state regulatory requirements for training employees how to respond and care for medical emergencies at work.

This 2 year certification course conforms to the 2015 AHA Guidelines Update for CPR and ECC, and the 2015 AHA and ARC Guidelines Update for First Aid.

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Are your eyewash stations OSHA/ANSI compliant?

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A compliant eyewash station along with eye protection can help reduce hospital visits.

While many businesses are working with skeleton crews or closed during the Coronavirus there are many businesses that are open either full time or with a somewhat reduced schedule. If your business has an eyewash station, it is more important then ever to make sure that you are meeting compliance to help reduce the possibility of a hospital visit for an eye injury.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that each day about 2,000 U.S. worker have a job-related eye injury that requires medical treatment. Chemical burns to one or both eyes are common. Many of these injuries can result in blindness. Proper safety equipment, such as eye protection and eyewash stations can save a worker’s eyesight.

OSHA on Compliance

The General Requirements in section 29 CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) 1910.151 states “…where the eyes or body of any person may be exposed to injurious corrosive materials, suitable facilities for quick drenching or flushing of the eyes and body shall be provided within the work area for immediate emergency use.”

American National Standards Institute

(ANSI) Standard Z358.1-2014 sets universal minimum performance and use requirements for all eyewash stations and drench shower equipment.

ANSI standard Z358.1-2014 says an eyewash station must:

  • Be accessible within a 10-second walk from the hazard
  • Be accessible without the need to walk up or downstairs, ladders, or cross any obstacles or roadways etc.
  • Deliver a 15-minute continuous flow of tepid fluid at 0.4 gallons per minute and be 60-100°F
  • Be located in areas where caustic or hazardous substances are present
  • Activate in one second or less and with one single motion
  • Be unobstructed
  • Be highly visible and identified with a sign

Where to place your emergency eyewash station

According to ANSI standards, the following areas must meet emergency eyewash compliance guidelines:

  • Painting and solvent operations
  • Battery charging stations
  • Tool parts washers
  • Laboratories
  • Hazardous chemical storage
  • Chemical pumping and/or mixing areas
  • Anywhere you use a chemical that has SDS eyewash requirements

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Cardiac arrest survival increase when bystanders use an AED

According to a recent study in the Circulation Journal Report, Survival from cardiac arrest doubled when bystanders stepped in to use a publicly available automated external defibrillator rather than waiting for emergency responders to arrive.

The study showed that the longer it takes to emergency personnel to arrive, the greater the benefit of a bystander using an AED to shock the victim.

Victims who received a defibrillator shock from a bystander had far greater chances at survival and being discharged from the hospital than those that did not.

  • Bystanders used an AED in 18.8% of these cases.
  • Cardiac arrest victims who received a shock from a publicly-available AED had far greater chances of survival and being discharged from the hospital than those who did not; 66.5% versus 43%.
  • Cardiac arrest victims who received a shock from a publicly-available AED that was administered by a bystander had 2.62 times higher odds of survival to hospital discharge and 2.73 times more favorable outcomes for functioning compared to victims who first received an AED shock after emergency responders arrived.
  • Victims who received an AED shock from a bystander (57.1%) using a publicly-available device instead of having to wait for emergency responders (32.7%) had near normal function and better outcomes.
  • Without a bystander using AED shock therapy, 70% of cardiac arrest patients either died or survived with impaired brain function.

To learn more about CPR and AED’s contact your Green Guard representative for more information.


Emergency burn care and treatment

Seconds count, when burns occur. Burns need to be cooled immediately. Otherwise, the heat will continue to destroy the surrounding and underlying tissue, and may even progress into a second or third degree burn. This will present serious complications for the patient both in cost and on-going treatment.

Here are four critical steps you should take to treat a burn:

  1. Immediately stop the burning process
  2. Cool the burn, but don’t overcool the patient
  3. Provide pain relief
  4. Cover and protect the burn area against contamination

It is actually recommended that you don’t use ice. It can cause more damage and slow the healing process.1 It is recommended instead you use a burn dressing. Burn dressings are a gelatinized water mix designed to perform the four critical steps for burn management in one application. Because of their gelatinous nature, they seal the burn from further contamination, they cool the burn site and relieve pain by heat transfer into themselves, and the fluids on the burn site cannot soak into the dressing nor can they evaporate through them. And finally, as the burn site cools down, the dressing warms up, leaving the site covered by a warm dressing, helping to prevent hypothermia.

Burn Dressing will absorb temperatures which is extremely important. The additional gel within the burn gel pouch can be left on the wound for up to four hours prior to receiving further medical treatment if necessary.

Benefits of burn dressings

  • Provides controlled cooling by convection, not evaporation
  • Acts as a heat exchanger
  • Absorbs heat throughout the gel contact area
  • Conforms to the burn surface, providing total cooling contact
  • Does not affect core body temperature or contribute to hypothermia
  • Stops the burning process
  • Portable—on the scene—when seconds count!
  • Cools the burn, dissipates heat
  • Provides pain relief
  • Easy to use
  • Evaporates slowly
  • Use on any burn
  • Non-adherent, easy to remove
  • Covers and protects against contamination
  • Helps prevent infection
  • Water-soluble
  • Won’t irritate the eyes, nose or mouth

All burns should be treated with concern. It is important to keep in mind the golden rule of burn management: If someone has a burn on his or her body exceeding the size of the palm of his or her own hand, where blisters are present, burns to genitalia, face or to any flexion point, this person should seek medical attention. All electrical burns require medical attention.

  1. https://www.healthline.com/health/burns#modal-close

Benefits of Using a Learning Management System (LMS)

1. Centralized content

Having all of your content in one place instead of spread across many different drives and devices makes for easier management and structure of the materials. By having everything in a centralized location, every member of your team can access the information. This ensures that every user sees the same content in the same manner.

2. Provides unlimited access to course materials

Once the content is loaded into your LMS, your employees have access to the information when it’s needed. They can access it when it is convenient for them and their work schedule.

3. Tracking and reporting

Utilizing an LMS gives you the ability to track your employees progress to ensure they are meeting their training and learning requirements. With an LMS you can access various reports and analytics to allow you to better focus on areas that may require more training or education. You also have the ability to make changes or updates to your course material at any time based on the feedback and results you receive through your LMS reports.

4. Material is easily updated

Unlike DVD’s or even on site instructors, having an LMS makes it easier to keep your material updated with the latest information or standards. Because everything is centralized, it is simple to make a change to the forms, requirements, specifications, or products as necessary. All users will receive the updated information at the same time.

5. An LMS grows with you

Having your LMS allows you to continually at content as your company grows and your business needs change. You simply login, make the necessary changes or add the new content. This will help you and your company stay ahead stay agile and grow and adapt more easily.

6. Compliance regulations

Keeping up with the various compliance regulations for your growing company can be daunting. That’s why having an LMS can be invaluable. Updating a traditional course with print outs, videos, or binders. Can be costly and time consuming. Using an LMS can give you the ability to add new compliance standards or make updates in a matter of minutes.

If you are interested in learning more about an LMS sytem for your company or have compliance training needs, contact Green Guard today.