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Savings / Safety Tips for March 2016 from All Safety Products, Inc.

Tips to Protect Workers in Cold Environments

In certain areas of Southern California, we're pretty spoiled so this article is directed particularly for those workers exposed to cold environments in other areas and states. OSHA has a good article and information at their website link, .

Prolonged exposure to freezing or cold temperatures may cause serious health problems such as trench foot, frostbite and hypothermia. In extreme cases, including cold water immersion, exposure can lead to death. Danger signs include uncontrolled shivering, slurred speech, clumsy movements, fatigue and confused behavior. If these signs are observed, call for emergency help.

OSHA's Cold Stress Card provides a reference guide and recommendations to combat and prevent many illnesses and injuries. Available in English and Spanish, this laminated fold-up card is free to employers, workers and the public. Tips include:

How to Protect Workers
  • Recognize the environmental and workplace conditions that may be dangerous.
  • Learn the signs and symptoms of cold-induced illnesses and injuries and what to do to help workers.
  • Train workers about cold-induced illnesses and injuries.
  • Encourage workers to wear proper clothing for cold, wet and windy conditions, including layers that can be adjusted to changing conditions.
  • Be sure workers in extreme conditions take a frequent short break in warm dry shelters to allow their bodies to warm up.
  • Try to schedule work for the warmest part of the day.
  • Avoid exhaustion or fatigue because energy is needed to keep muscles warm.
  • Use the buddy system - work in pairs so that one worker can recognize danger signs.
  • Drink warm, sweet beverages (sugar water, sports-type drinks) and avoid drinks with caffeine (coffee, tea, sodas or hot chocolate) or alcohol.
  • Eat warm, high-calorie foods such as hot pasta dishes.
  • Remember, workers face increased risks when they take certain medications, are in poor physical condition or suffer from illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension or cardiovascular disease.

At All Safety Products, we do carry warm work gear .

Deciding what kind of care you need now ...

Should you go to a clinic, urgent-care center, the ER, or back to bed? When you feel awful and don't know what to do about it, you might wonder if you should go to the emergency room or just back to bed.

Here are some ways to decide:
  • Do I have a broken bone or do I need stitches? Go to an urgent-care facility or the ER immediately.
  • Do I have chest pains or abdominal pain with vomiting? Get to the emergency room as soon as possible. These can be signs of serious illness.
  • Is my breathing so bad that I can't walk? It is well over-time to get treatment. Go to the emergency room.
  • Fever over 104 degrees? Get to the emergency room.
  • Sudden loss of vision (even if it returns)? Go to an emergency room. This could indicate a stroke.

If none of these are true, ask yourself if you can wait for an appointment with your primary care physician. If you can get an appointment quickly, it's the best place to go because they know your medical history.

Do I need treatment today because of my schedule? A quick -stop clinic might be the answer. You'll find them popping up at your pharmacy, offering flu shots and more. At the CVS MinuteClinic, they say the clinic is a good choice for someone who can't get in to see their regular doctor and has a minor ailment like sore throat. At the MinuteClinic, the nurse practitioner says sometimes people just want advice on what to do for themselves. Patients might feel bad, and want to know if their symptoms are serious. If it's just a bad cold, they can quickly leave with an over-the-counter treatment and head back home to bed. With less-expensive urgent-care facilities and store clinics available, it's worth considering in advance where you should go.

Cost is a growing concern for many families. Going to the emergency room can be very expensive, but many illnesses can be treated at a clinic for far less. Clinics are convenient and can provide treatment today.

Healthy Tips

How You Pick Snacks
  • What you snack on partly depends on when and where you are.
  • Savory (not sweet) snacks peak at midday, according to the NPD Group.
  • The desire for something sweet grows after dinner and peaks at 8 p.m.
  • More than a third of sweet snacks are eaten after dinner. Healthier snacks are more likely to be eaten on-the-go and away from home.
  • More than 40 percent of snacks packed for school or work, or for in the car, are classified as "better for you" snacks.
  • NPD also reported that many snacks are eaten instead of a meal or as part of a meal.

At Tufts University, they say the growth of snack foods eaten at mealtimes is driven by items already in the house, so it's more important to get them on the shopping list.

About 50 percent of all eating occasions are now snacking; 21 percent of Americans graze throughout the day.

Delicious Recipe

Easter table: Glorified Rice an overlooked tradition

Those who have the combined heritage of the Upper Midwest, especially if you cooked homemade meals, have vivid memories of Glorified Rice.

The recipe was simple and inexpensive to make and used few ingredients. Foolproof and delicious, the cold dessert or fruit salad became so popular, it appeared in cookbooks put out by women's groups and local newspapers. It was passed on to family and friends, to kids and their kids.

If you do a quick Google search, you'll find almost 94,000 results! The recipes vary only slightly and the instructions are too brief for newbie chefs.

Since the classic recipe uses lemon gelatin, whipped cream and crushed pineapple, it's perfect for your Easter dinner or buffet and is sure to evoke memories, curiosity and conversation.

Easter Table Glorified Rice

  • 1 cup uncooked rice (3 cups cooked)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 - 3-ounce package of lemon or orange gelatin
  • 1 - 13 and 1/2-ounce can of crushed pineapple in juice
  • 1 - 12 cups whipped cream
  • 1 cup sugar (or 8-ounces Cool Whip and no sugar)

  • Boil rice with the salt until well done. Rinse, drain well and cool.
  • Make lemon Jell-O, using only 1 cup boiling water.
  • Drain pineapple and add enough water to the juice to make a second cup of liquid.
  • Add the juice mixture to Jell-O; refrigerate until almost set.
  • Whip cream, adding the 1 cup sugar (or use Cool Whip, defrosted); fold into rice mixture.
  • Beat the set Jell-O with a whisk or hand beater; fold it into rice and cream.
  • Add crushed pineapple; refrigerate dessert (or fruit salad) until set.

Serve in a colorful bowl or individual sherbet dishes, and top with a few maraschino cherries.

Serves 8 to 10.

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