Vol 8., No. 2, March/April 2007
THOUGHTS & QUOTES
entire kitchen was gone in three hours!
My contractor came in at 8:30am
on February 8th and said the kitchen would be gone by noon! He
Having recently spent six weeks
working on a major remodel of ½ of my house, home remodeling
safety comes to mind as being a good topic to include in this
issue of Safety News & Notes. In the news is the dramatic
increase in nail gun injuries basically now that they
are a common household item for the DIYer. I also have several
coworkers who are in the middle of doing home remodels (kitchens
and bathrooms especially) and I hear their Monday morning stories
of week-end encounters with tools as well as new muscle and back
aches and sprains.
Fortunately my remodel went
smoothly for the most part. My biggest stressor was the need
to have everything stacked in the other ½ of the house
and not really knowing where anything was or if I did,
I most likely could not access it. (For example, not being able
to access something from the drawer of the hutch that was now
up against the wall). The other stressor of course is having
who knows who and how many strangers walking through the house
on a given day! To get that much done in 6 weeks and still live
in the house was akin to grand central station or
living in the midst of an on-going circus. If one has small kids
or pets, make sure that outside doors dont get left open
and they are not left unsupervised.
but it sure is nice!!
Home Remodeling Safety, from University of Nebraska Lincoln
Extension, discusses hidden environmental hazards to keep in
mind when remodeling. We can be dealing with lead, asbestos,
molds, and who knows what all types of dead creepy crawlies may
be in those walls we are going to hack into.
Consumer Nail Gun Injuries Spike explains the recent increase in injuries
when using nail guns.
This Morbidity and Mortality
Weekly Report MMWR released from the CDC includes examples of
how people have been injured: Nail-Gun
Injuries Treated in Emergency Departments --- United States,
OSHA provides information on
safe use of Hand
and Power Tools.
Preventing Injuries from Slips, Trips,
and Falls provides
information about preventing this common source of injury. Remember
that falls can be from roofs, ladders, using step stools, etc.
Also avoid slips and falls from tripping over the mess of stuff
lying around tools, paint cans, boxes, extension cords...
Preventing muscle aches, strains
and sprains: Questions
and Answers About Sprains and Strains
Use of personal protection
equipment (PPE) dust masks, eye protection, hearing protection
and more: PPE
Be sure to turn off pilot lights
or open flames when working with flammable liquids (such as solvents,
adhesives, among others know the properties of the materials
that are being used): MSDS
And don't forget about extension cords!
June is National
June is fast approaching, and
with it the observance of National Safety Month. This years
theme, Celebrating Safe Communities, calls
on businesses, municipalities and individuals to make safety
education a priority. Unintentional injury is a risk everyone
faces, every day. While workplace injuries have declined, off-the-job
injuries continue to be a concern.
Visit the National
Safety Month Planner's Page for updated information about
National Safety Month. This site will provide risk and tip sheets,
posters and activities information that can be downloaded at
no charge and distributed. Items will continue to be added to
the planners page through May 31st. The National Safety
Month site will be launched on June 1.
in the Sun
"Beauty's but skin deep,"
observed a poet of Elizabethan times--a depth, actually, of only
a few millimeters. This thin, elastic covering gloves the body
from scalp to sole, giving color and character to the human form.
Of all the body's tissues, none is more exposed to disease and
injury than the skin.
Here are a few tips and trivia
about this wonderful (but often abused) organ:
- Skin cancer is the most common
form of cancer. Ultraviolet light is its leading cause. People
of northern European descent, having the least amounts of melanin,
are most prone. Ireland, with a fair- skinned population, has
one of the world's highest rates of skin cancer, even though
it does not receive especially high amounts of ultraviolet light.
Basically, the darker your skin is naturally, the less likely
you are to get skin cancer.
- It is ironic that tanned skin
is associated with a youthful, healthy look. Steady tanning can
lead to premature wrinkles, sags and discoloration.
- Sun damage is cumulative and
irreversible. Once the skin is so affected, no amount of facials
or moisturizers can reverse the damage, which usually does not
show up until later in life.
- You might be getting only
half as much skin protection from your sunscreen lotion as you
think. The thickness of the sunscreen layer on your skin is the
key to getting the sun protection promised on the bottle. In
a clinical study, 50 people applied a variety of brands of sunscreen
the way they normally would. Scientists added fluorescent coloring
to the sunscreens so the thickness could be measured. Most of
the sunscreen-users rubbed on their lotion only half as thick
as the recommended thicknesses.
- Scars have less pigment than
the rest of your skin, so they're especially vulnerable to sunburn--and
prolonged redness. You should make certain to cover all exposed
scars with a sunscreen with an SPF of 25 or higher.
- A simple, moderately severe
sunburn damages the blood vessels to such an extent that it takes
four to fifteen months for them to return to their normal condition.
- The most effective sunscreens
contain the chemical agent paraaminobenzoic acid, PABA, which
duplicates the action of melanin by absorbing ultraviolet rays.
Products such as baby oil and coconut butter do not protect the
skin from burning at all.
- In the United States, more
than 500,000 new cases of skin cancer are found each year. This
is why one in seven Americans can expect to get skin cancer.
- Some diuretics, antibiotics,
tranquilizers, birth control pills and diabetes medications can
add more salt to your sun-burn wounds. They can make you sun-
sensitive. So can some medicated soaps, perfumes and "wrinkle
removers". So if you use any of these medications or products,
doctors advise you to take extra precautions when exposing your
skin to the sun.
- In only one square inch of
human skin there are 19 million cells, 625 sweat glands, 90 oil
glands, 65 hairs, 19 feet of blood vessels, 19,000 sensory cells,
and over 20 million microscopic animals.
Stuff no. 346 March 28, 2007 Richard Hawk
Developed from current research
and a decade's worth of experiences assisting communities in
response to large-scale disasters, Triumph Over Tragedy, Second
Edition focuses on helping individuals and communities cope
with the emotional impacts of disaster events. This DVD and CD
training curriculum is an extension of the Triumph Over Tragedy,
2nd Edition training manual. These train-the-trainer
materials can benefit professionals engaged in disaster preparation
and response, and were utilized by Extension agents in Louisiana,
Mississippi, and Alabama following Hurricane Katrina.
1. Narrated training modules:
Managing and Understanding the Psychological Effects of the Threat
of Bioterrorism Becoming Involved in Disaster Preparedness and
Response in Your Community The Special Concerns of Rural Communities
Special Issues 2. Triumph Over Tragedy, 2nd Edition manual in
PDF format 3. Resource list
1. Triumph Over Tragedy, 45-minute
training video on how to recognize post-disaster stress reactions
and provide basic support for disaster victims. This was originally
distributed on VHS as part of the UF-IFAS 1999 Disaster Handbook
Purchase a copy through the
Extension Book Store.
manual is also now available for download in PDF format.
For Safe Play Areas
With summer on its way, it's
the perfect time to start thinking about designing and building
an outdoor safe play area.
The National Children's Center
for Rural and Agricultural Safety and Health (NCCRAHS) has made
a new addition to their Safe Play Web site: Keys
to Creating a Safe Play Area
The new site addresses how
- select an area for safe play
- provide child protective barriers
- choose play equipment and
- use ground surfacing
The site is full of guidelines
and recommendations, just in time for SUMMER fun!
If you have any questions please
contact the National Children's Center at (800) 662-6900 or e-mail
is an e-mail newsletter prepared by Carol J. Lehtola, Extension
Agricultural Safety Specialist and team leader for the Prevention
and Preparedness: Agricultural Safety & Disaster Management
program. Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering,
UF/IFAS. If you have safety- or disaster-related questions or
ideas that you would like to share with other agents, please
contact Dr. Lehtola. If you know someone interested in receiving
this newsletter, we will gladly add them to the e-mail list.
Past issues of Safety News & Notes are archived on the Florida AgSafe Web site.