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Savings and Safety Tips for November, 2015 from All Safety Products, Inc.

Reducing Workers' Exposures to Seasonal Flu Virus

Workplace Safety and the Flu

This page (OSHA website link) includes information for workers and employers about reducing the spread of seasonal flu in workplaces. It provides information on the basic precautions to be used in all workplaces and the additional precautions that should be used in healthcare settings. Healthcare workers in contact with flu exposed patients are at higher risk for exposure to the flu virus and additional precautions are needed.

Health and Human Services' Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated guidance for protecting individuals from seasonal flu. Each year the vaccine is revised to protect against the influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common this season.

(See information about Influenza A (H3N2) Variant)

Pandemic flu remains a concern for employers and workers. A pandemic can occur at any time and can be mild, moderate, or severe. Although the pandemic H1N1 flu in 2009 was considered by CDC to be mild, it created significant challenges for employers and workers and showed that many workplaces were not prepared. The precautions identified in the resources below give a baseline for infection controls during a seasonal flu outbreak, but may not be enough to protect workers during a pandemic.

Safest places to sit on the train!

If you're wondering where the best and safest seats on a train would be, the Federal Railroad Administration has some answers for you. They say the safest seats are in one or two cars back from the middle. Trains are more likely to derail than be involved in collisions with another train or with cars. The derailments usually happen near the front of the train.

There were 13,200 derailments from 2005 to 2014 and 1,450 collisions. Aisle seats are safer than window seats, where a passenger could be injured by broken glass or thrown from the train. Rear-facing seats are safer because riders are less likely to be thrown forward. Avoid the cafe car, which has rigid tables that can be dangerous if the train suddenly brakes.

Healthy Tips

Have protein with every meal: It's easy.

You don't need a wizard's magic wand to have meals that keep your muscles strong, fight off infection and boost your metabolism. Protein does it all. Meat and poultry are full of protein, but some cuts are loaded with saturated fat and cholesterol.

Americans should try to get 45 to 55 grams of protein a day.
  • Seafood: Substitute it for meat twice a week. It's convenient to keep canned fish and frozen filets on hand. Serve salmon or shrimp for special occasions.
  • Eggs: They have all the protein components you need. The Mayo Clinic recommends putting a poached egg on a salad or toast for a meal. Hard boiled eggs are a great snack.
  • Dairy: Low-fat milk provides calcium and vitamin D, but also packs a protein punch. Also try Greek yogurt with fruit or spread ricotta cheese on toast and cover with fruit.
  • Beans, peas and tofu: Dried, canned or frozen beans are an inexpensive protein option. They have the added bonus of fiber and high levels of antioxidants. Add beans or peas to salads, pastas, soups and casseroles. Tofu can be added to the same foods or to scrambled eggs.
  • Nuts and seeds: A handful of unsalted, roasted nuts is a healthy serving of protein. Spread nut butters on crackers or toast for a protein-filled snack. Or have a peanut butter sandwich.

Delicious Recipe

A day-after-Thanksgiving dish: Turkey Tetrazzini

We think Italian when a recipe contains any form of pasta.

This is only partially true for a Tetrazzini preparation using poultry. Tetrazzini is an Italian surname. Turkey Tetrazzini contains spaghetti. It was named in honor of an Italian opera star who ate spaghetti every day, but it was created in San Francisco by its Palace Hotel chef. Thus, it's American history with Italian influences.

The city had loved Luisa Tetrazzini since 1905 when she made her American debut. She sang in the opera house, churches, and even in the courtyard of the Palace Hotel that Christmas Eve.

On Christmas Eve of 1910, Tetrazzini was back at the Palace from New York. The city was still recovering from the devastating earthquake and fire of 1906. She arranged a free street concert with a full orchestra. Reporters said her voice reverberated off the walls of the office buildings and carried for blocks.

Turkey Tetrazzini

  • 1 (10 3/4-ounce) can cream of mushroom soup
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 (16-ounce) jar Alfredo sauce
  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen petite peas, thawed
  • 1 (8-ounce) package sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 3 1/2 cups chopped cooked turkey
  • 12 ounces spaghetti, cooked
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded baby Swiss cheese
  • 1/2 cup crushed croutons
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika

  • Heat the oven to 375 degrees and lightly grease a 15- x 10-inch baking dish.
  • Whisk together soup, milk and Alfredo sauce in large mixing bowl.
  • Stir in chopped turkey, sliced mushrooms, peas, spaghetti, shredded Swiss and 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese.
  • Pour into the baking dish.
  • Mix the crushed croutons, paprika and remaining Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle evenly over casserole.
  • Bake covered with foil for 30 minutes.
  • Uncover and bake 15 more minutes or until golden brown.

Though this recipe uses store-bought ingredients, it's worthy of serving your remaining houseguests.
Serves eight.

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