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

How to Properly Don A Respirator Mask

Half-mask respirators are essential equipment in automotive, construction and industrial settings. They can protect the wearer from lead poisoning, dust and fumes, but they must be properly fitted and maintained.

First, before you begin, wash your hands thoroughly before touching the respirator mask. If you have used a respirator before that fit you, choose the same make, model and size. Experts at say you should inspect the respirator for damage if you've used it before. If it's damaged, DO NOT USE IT. Replace it with a new one. Do not allow hair, jewelry, glasses, clothing, or anything else to prevent proper placement of your face and the respirator.

Putting on the respirator

Position the respirator in your hand with the nose piece at your fingertips. Cup it in your hand allowing the headbands to hang down below. Hold the respirator under your chin with the nosepiece up then pull the strap up and over your head.

Place your fingertips from both hands at the top of the metal nose clip (if present). Slide fingertips down both sides of the metal strip to mold the nose area to the shape of your nose.

Checking your seal

Place both hands over the respirator, take a quick breath in to check whether the respirator seals tightly to the face.

Place both hands completely over the respirator and exhale. If you feel leakage, there is not a proper seal.

If air leaks around the nose, readjust the nosepiece as described. If air leaks at the mask edges, re-adjust the straps along the sides of your head until a proper seal is achieved. If you cannot achieve a proper seal due to air leakage, ask for help or try a different size or model.

Always wash your hands thoroughly after removing the respirator mask.

All Safety Products provides a wide variety of respirators and respiratory protection equipment for protection against hazardous materials and chemicals.

Some Forklift Tips

On a forklift, stability is the key to safety and the most important step is knowing your lift's capacity, according to

Always be aware of the load capacity of a forklift. Review the data plate on the truck. Data plates should be readable and not tampered with in any way. If a data plate has been altered, check with the employer.

Know your route. In busy environments, be familiar with possible obstacles or traffic that can cause problems. Narrow passages or areas with foot traffic can make your passage dangerous. Don't hesitate to stop and wait for traffic or hazards to clear.

Of course, this can only be done if you are driving at a speed suitable for the situation. Driving too fast on a forklift is a common cause of accidents in the workplace. Be aware of speed bumps and workplace speed limits.

Healthy Tips

Studies: Exercise, psychology can bring relief for back pain.

For patients who have not been successful with treatments like surgery and narcotic pills, doctors are trying a new approach for treating back pain.

In functional restoration, patients learn to manage back pain, even if it's not completely eliminated, and get back to work, sports and daily activities.

To build strength and endurance, exercises they learn to do daily include:

Chair bend. Sit in a chair with knees apart. Bend forward and reach back between your legs. Hold for 3 seconds.

Hip twist. Lie on your back with knees bent and feet together. Rotate hips to either side. Do it 10 times per session. Peel up. Lie face down with hands beside your chest. Raise your chest up, keeping low back and legs relaxed. Repeat 10 times per session. Side stretch. Standing beside the wall with one hand against it, slowly stretch your hips toward the wall with the other hand at the waist, supporting your body. Hold 3 seconds.

Psychological and behavioral counseling teach coping skills and help patients get over the fear of movement that comes with pain catastrophizing, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Americans spend about $90 billion a year on tests, surgery and treatments for back pain, which is the leading cause of disability for people under age 45.

At Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., the Functional Restoration Program offers a three-week course for chronic sufferers who have had disabling back pain for more than three months.

Delicious Recipe

Spring for a Salad in The Merry Month of May!

Food Revolution Day on May 20 is a worthy addition to our May observations.

Celebrity Chef Jamie Oliver initiated this global campaign in 2012 to inspire and teach home, school, and even professional chefs how to use more fresh foods in their meal preparations.

To educate children about food choices in a practical, fun and engaging way," Oliver leads an army of volunteers who become community activists.

In 2015, over 8,200 schools in 100 countries participated in Food Revolution Day. By mid-March, over 500 events in 300 cities across 33 countries have been organized. How about making your Mothers Day celebration a food revolution?

Try this easy and creative version of the classic Waldorf salad.

Merry Maypole-Ribboned Salad

  • 1/2 cup walnut halves
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 cups romaine heart lettuce strips
  • 1 small head of frisee (a curly endive) coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup thinly sliced celery hearts (4 inner ribs)
  • 1 cup red radishes (halved lengthwise and thinly sliced)
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1 Fuji apple, quartered, cored and thinly sliced crosswise

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Spread walnuts in a pie plate, toast until golden (about 8 minutes), cool and break into pieces.
  • Pour the lemon juice and vinegar into a large bowl, add the shallot and lemon zest, whisk in the canola oil and cumin, and season the dressing with salt and pepper.
  • Add the shredded romaine, celery leaves, chopped frisee, radishes, sliced celery, raisins, apple and toasted walnuts. Toss.
Serves six.

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