Savings and Safety Tips for Jan/Feb, 2016 from All Safety Products, Inc.Just a Quick Reminder about Osha injury and illness summaries due now through April
Employers must post injury and illness summaries now through April
OSHA reminds employers of their obligation to post a copy of OSHA's Form 300A , which summarizes job-related injuries and illnesses logged during 2015.
The summary must be displayed in a common area where notices to employees are usually posted each year between Feb. 1 and April 30. Businesses with 10 or fewer employees and those in certain low-hazard industries are exempt from OSHA recordkeeping and posting requirements. As of Jan. 1, 2015, certain previously exempt industries are now covered. Lists of both exempt and newly covered industries are available on OSHA's website. Visit OSHA's Recordkeeping Rule webpage for more information on recordkeeping requirements.
Healthy Tip for Employees:
Here's why reducing your top blood pressure number matters ... a lot of Individuals with systolic blood pressure at the 140 mm Hg level are usually satisfied by that number. They may be more concerned about the risks of carrying around too much body fat.
Now, however, there's new evidence that systolic pressure of 120 brings lower risks for heart disease, stroke, kidney failure and erectile dysfunction.
The evidence shows that high blood pressure is the heart's worst enemy. The higher risks were reinforced by the SPRINT trial, which was presented at the annual meeting of the American Heart Association.
The trial was a large study of the effects 140 mm Hg blood pressure compared with 120 or below. Systolic pressure, represents the heart as it contracts and pumps blood to the rest of the body. The researchers randomly assigned 9,300 hypertensive patients over age 50 to either the 140 or the 120 group.
Results were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Those who were close to 120 had significantly lower rates of premature heart-related death and death from any cause. They reduced their risk of heart failure by 38 percent and death from heart problems by 43 percent when compared to the 140s.
Dr. Paul Whelton of Tulane University, chairman of the SPRINT trial said, "Overall we deem that the benefits of lower blood pressure far outweigh any potential for risk." Major organizations are considering the recommendation for reducing systolic pressure to 120. It could be the beginning of the new normal. Nearly one in three Americans has hypertension, one reason heart disease is the top killer of both men and women in the United States.
Less sleep can make you feel better than longer, often-interrupted sleep.
Getting enough sleep is about more than the number of hours you are in bed.
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine has found that people forced to waken multiple times during the night showed a greater decline in positive mood than those forced to go to bed later.
The study, published in the journal Sleep showed those whose sleep was interrupted multiple times to go to the bathroom or tend a baby also had less deep sleep, the third stage of non-rapid eye movement sleep.
One study done in Israel and published last year, found that a fragmented night of sleep for a full eight hours impacted mood and attention as much as sleeping just four hours a night.
In the Johns Hopkins study, healthy people without any diagnosed sleep problems were given eight hours to sleep in the lab for three consecutive days.
Another healthy group, whose sleep was disrupted, was awakened each hour for seven or eight hours.
A third group slept just four hours.
Both of these groups' moods dropped after the first night, and those in the forced-awakening group continued to show a decline in mood.
Those in the four-hour sleep group saw their moods stabilize over the three days.
The researchers conclude that consolidated sleep, even if shorter than one's accustomed to, is less detrimental to positive mood than disrupted sleep.
This Ain't No Texas Chili con Carne
National Chili Day is February 25, the fourth Thursday annually.
Prejudice about what constitutes a great chili is tolerated, but barely. That's one reason for so many chili cook-offs.
Every area of every state has cook-offs, usually for the honor, publicity and checks for charities: fire stations, corporations, neighborhoods, friends, rivaling restaurants and national contests.
Some call the stew chili, some chili con carne, some a bowl of red. The latter is what U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson called it. He preferred venison to beef. San Antonio chili joints sprang up nationwide during the Great Depression. A bowl of red was cheap and hearty. The crackers were free. Cincinnati chili is prepared with ground beef, cinnamon, chocolate and served over spaghetti. Pasta? Horrors! Texans shiver at the thought.
Officially declared the state dish of Texas in 1977, theirs is prepared with beef cubes, no onions and no beans. Chili means peppers. Carne means meat. That means spicy meat and body warming from the inside and out.
Here's a great recipe you can make in less than an hour. No simmering required.
This Ain't No Texas Chili con Carne
- 1 lb. lean ground beef
- 1 medium yellow onion
- diced 3 large garlic cloves, finely chopped (1 1/2 tbs)
- 2 1/2 tbs chili powder
- 1 tsp each of salt, black pepper, ground cumin
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 2 tbs chopped chipotle chiles in adobo sauce (canned)
- 15-oz. can pinto beans, undrained
- 14 1/2 oz. can of beef broth
- 14 1/2 oz. can crushed tomatoes
- On medium-high heat, brown beef with onion and garlic in a Dutch oven or large skillet for 5 to 6 minutes.
- Add chili powder, salt, pepper, cumin and cayenne pepper.
- Stir to combine and heat for 1 minute more.
- Stir beans, broth, chipotle chiles and tomatoes into beef.
- Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 15 minutes.
- Top with diced onion, grated cheddar cheese, sour cream and lime wedges.
Makes 6 generous portions. Serve with corn bread or Fritos.
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