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How to Protect Yourself from Flu Pandemics

  • 9 March 2020
  • Author: Safety Ahead
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How to Protect Yourself from Flu Pandemics

As news breaks that the most recent flu, perhaps even pandemic, Coronavirus (COVID-19), is starting to spread around the globe, I can’t help but think how can we best keep ourselves, loved ones and workplace safe? 

Taking Safety Seriously at Home

  • 22 January 2020
  • Author: Safety Ahead
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Taking Safety Seriously at Home

At Safety Ahead we don’t just focus on workplace safety, but we think about how safety effects and should be applied to all aspects of life – this includes pets and children.

With two dogs of my own and a little one on the way, now more than ever I have been thinking about the safety of my home. There are a lot of things to consider, so to help you ensure your home is safe for everyone living there, read on to uncover some great health and safety tips for the ones you love the most!

Holiday Safety

  • 16 December 2019
  • Author: Safety Ahead
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Holiday Safety

‘Tis the season for shopping, feasting, parties and overindulgence. But as I check off my list of gifts and events in preparation for the holidays, I realized there are also many things to take into account when it comes to ensuring my family and friends stay safe over the season.

To help you stay safe over the holidays, we at Safety Ahead have compiled a list of our top hazards to take note of and avoid this time of year.

Contractor Compliance

  • 20 November 2019
  • Author: Safety Ahead
  • Number of views: 1368
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Contractor Compliance

Working together and being able to provide the craft of a specific trade is what can truly make a job or project a successful and profitably one. But when it comes to the safety of multiple workers and trades on-site it got me thinking - who is truly responsible for what?

Horror Isn’t Just on Halloween

  • 30 October 2019
  • Author: Safety Ahead
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Horror Isn’t Just on Halloween

Halloween is usually fondly thought of as a fun and spooky night for kids and kids at heart, and the thought of children’s safety is usually top of mind for parents and guardians alike – for good reason.

October 31st is actually one of the most dangerous days of the year when it comes to traffic and vehicle related accidents and fatalities. In fact, pedestrian deaths spike 43% on Halloween, making it more susceptible to a traffic fatality than any other night of the year – and children being the most at risk.

What Makes a Good Safety Advisor?

  • 9 October 2019
  • Author: Safety Ahead
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What Makes a Good Safety Advisor?

Every responsible workplace should have a Safety Advisor in place that is the keeper and go-to-person for everything safety. But what makes a good Safety Advisor? Your workplace Safety Advisor has been appointed with the responsibility of ensuring your workplace is one that is a healthy and safe environment for you to be in, along with providing all staff and contractors the basic knowledge and advice of where safety features and equipment can be found (such as fire extinguishers, eye-wash stations, AEDs, safety documents and more, what to do in an emergency and ensuring the workplace is kept up-to-date on hazard assessments and certifications.

National Fire Prevention

  • 3 October 2019
  • Author: Safety Ahead
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National Fire Prevention

Did you know we are about to enter National Fire Prevention Week? National Fire Prevention Week is observed each year during the second week of October in the United States and Canada, in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began on October 8, 1871, and caused devastating damage. 

Are You Ready for the New COR Audit?

  • 12 September 2019
  • Author: Safety Ahead
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Are You Ready for the New COR Audit?

Have you adapted your safety program to comply with the new COR Legislation that came into effect this past January? Or are you going to be applying for your COR Audit for the first time? No matter your level of experience with COR, all companies will be audited at a new level of standards.

Safety in Agriculture

  • 27 August 2019
  • Author: Safety Ahead
  • Number of views: 1728
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Safety in Agriculture

As the season begins to change to fall, I can’t help but think of the autumn harvest. With an assortment of delicious fruits and vegetables in season, family dinners and gatherings are looked forward to by all. But did you know that the fall harvest can have some dangerous results when safety is not made a priority.

Air Travel Safety

  • 28 July 2019
  • Author: Safety Ahead
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Air Travel Safety

With summer travel in full swing, and the recent news of an Air Canada flight’s emergency landing, now is the time to think safe in your travels.

On July 11th, Air Canada Flight 33 from Toronto to Sydney, Australia was forced to make an emergency landing in Honolulu due to extreme turbulence – injuring 37 people. While flight turbulence may not have been preventable, most injuries were.

From our team’s air travel experience, we at Safety Ahead would like to offer up our top flight safety tips for you to keep in mind this travel season and anytime you find yourself flying:
 

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How to Protect Yourself from Flu Pandemics

  • 9 March 2020
  • Author: Safety Ahead
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How to Protect Yourself from Flu Pandemics

As news breaks that the most recent flu, perhaps even pandemic, Coronavirus (COVID-19), is starting to spread around the globe, I can’t help but think how can we best keep ourselves, loved ones and workplace safe?

For starters, having the correct facts can help in educating us while also mitigating extreme panic:

  • In looking for some real facts, I found that as of today, March 9, 2020, the number of cases of the COVID-19 worldwide is just over 114K – of this 68K of these cases are now closed with 4,026 people having succumbed to the illness, a 6% death rate, while over 64K people have recovered – a rate of 94%.
  • How do people contract COVID-19? In doing research on the Word Health Organization’s website I found that this flu is spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are expelled when an infected person coughs or exhales. A person can than catch the virus by breathing in or touching objects or surfaces around the infected person and subsequently touching their own eyes, nose or mouth. This is why it is important to stay more than 1 meter (3 feet) away from a person who is sick.
  • What are the symptoms? The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough, with the occasional cases featuring aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment, while some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms.

What I have been able to take from this is that the real threat of COVID-19 is its ability to spread so widely, so quickly, but with the proper precautions in place and measures to deal with this illness it is possible to stop its devastation, or at least minimize it.

So, what can you do to protect yourself? The most important and easiest action you can take is to wash your hands – either with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, the use of hand sanitizer, or disinfecting wipes on hard surfaces. Secondly avoid touching your face when your hands have not been recently cleaned. These simple steps will be your greatest asset in preventing the spread of infection.

When it comes to your workplace, having a proper Emergency Preparedness Plan for staff and visitors will help keep your company safe and limited the effects of business-related impact:

  • Consider purchasing your own medical and supply kits including hand sanitizers, disinfecting wipes, masks and disposable gloves.
  • Encourage all staff to frequently sanitize their workspace, PPE and common areas by making the needed cleaning supplies accessible to all.
  • Limit face-to face-meetings with outside visitors and opt for conference calls or videos when possible
  • Provide education and awareness to your employees on how to deal with an emergency situation so they know how to care for themselves at work and at home with their families
     

At Safety Ahead, we focus on assisting companies from every industry in developing health and safety plans that are tailored to the business’ needs, along with providing insight and preparedness for external emergencies, such as a flu pandemic. If you need assistance implementing a health and safety program contact us at info@safetyahead.ca or call 780-473-4772 today.

When it comes to protecting yourself from the Coronavirus (COVID-19), education and knowledge put into practise will be your greatest line of defense.

 

 

Cited: World Health Organization https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses and https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

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