May is National Electrical Awareness Month

May is National Electrical Safety Month.

We often don’t think about electricity on a daily basis. We flip a switch, plug something in or charge a cell phone expecting it to work. However, if not used or maintained appropriately, electricity can pose serious risks.

Over the last ten years, more than 30,000 workers have been injured in workplace electrical accidents. While electrical hazards are not the leading cause of on-the-job injuries and accidents, they are disproportionately fatal and costly.

These injuries not only disrupt the lives of the workers and their families but also impact the productivity of employers. The good news is that most on-the-job electrocutions and electrical injuries can be prevented by following a few necessary steps.

The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) is the leading authority on workplace electrical safety. ESFI began National Electrical Safety Month in the 90’s and is the primary driving behind the annual campaign. ESFI recognizes that each work environment presents different electrical hazards. ESFI’s workplace safety materials provide valuable information to help employees make safe choices every day and tips for creating a safer work environment, whether work takes place in an office, on a job site, or in a manufacturing setting.

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2019 National Electrical Safety Advocate Guide

CPR/First Aid Classes – Corporate and Group Classes May 14th – 18th

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CPR/First Aid – Corporate and Group Classes May 14th – 18th

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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High school student who suffers cardiac arrest during gym class

Samuel Mazzeo stand out in the crowd. At 6-foot-5, the high school student played football, basketball and was on the weightlifting team.

On February, 23, the unforeseen occurred. Samuel went into cardiac arrest during gym class.

“I don’t remember that day at all. They told me I was running around like normal and I sat down because I wasn’t feeling good. And then I passed out and was unresponsive,” Mazzeo said.

Wendy Rogers, his physical education teacher rushed to Samuel and couldn’t find a pulse.

Rogers call the school nurse Amy Ponce.

“There was no time for us to be nervous or anxious. We had to do what needed to be She did CPR, while Secretary Hannah Hall brought the AED device and delivered a life saving electric shock to Mazzeo’s heart.

Assistant Principal Tim Light continued chest compressions.done,” Ponce said.

Thanks to this dream team of everyday school employees, Mazzeo regained consciousness and got to the hospital just in time.

“When I think about it, it’s crazy, I actually died. I never thought anything like that would ever happen,” said Mazzeo.

Mazzeo who was diagnosed with a heart ailment called ARVD, now has a pacemaker and defibrillator.

Source: ABC Action News WFTS Tampa Bay


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Are your employees “Gloved” for safety?

Hand injuries, including injury to fingernails and fingers, are often written off as first-aid usage and near-misses. Many workers consider the use of gloves hard to comply with and unnecessary. Yet, more varieties of gloves for broader purposes exist than ever before – cut-resistant, chemical protective, electrically-rated, infection control, just to name a few. Carefully identifying the need, then selecting a glove with the appropriate performance parameters can prevent many injuries.

Back in the ‘old days’ People considered it a sign of toughness not to wear gloves. Most never considered wearing gloves to keep a better grip on tools, prevent knuckle busters and burns, or just keep my hands clean. In my teens and twenties, I would have been laughed at for wearing gloves. Now watching shows like Orange County Chopper, Monster Garage, and Pimp My Ride you see these master mechanics wearing gloves.

Gloves can make your job easier and safer. Choosing the correct glove for the job is a critical decision in preventing injuries while maintaining a grip on the situation. Identify the hazard and then evaluate the required characteristics for a glove. Hazards can range from heat, flames, sparks, sharp objects, electrical energy, and chemicals.

Identify the hazards that could injure hands in this week’s discussion. List the characteristics required in each case and check your inventory to see if you have the proper gloves. Gloves are considered PPE and are the last line of defense in preventing injuries. Wear them every time. Remember that prevention is the key to a workplace where Nobody Gets Hurt.

OSHA 1910.138(a)

General requirements. Employers shall select and require employees to use appropriate hand protection when employees’ hands are exposed to hazards such as those from skin absorption of harmful substances; severe cuts or lacerations; severe abrasions; punctures; chemical burns; thermal burns; and harmful temperature extremes.

OSHA 1910.138(b)

Selection. Employers shall base the selection of the appropriate hand protection on an evaluation of the performance characteristics of the hand protection relative to the task(s) to be performed, conditions present, duration of use, and the hazards and potential hazards identified.


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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.


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

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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.


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


  • 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.

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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.

For more information;

Call 800-380-9119