New OSHA guidance targets pandemic flu

first_img OSHA pandemic influenza guidancehttp://www.osha.gov/Publications/influenza_pandemic.html The guidelines, released Feb 6 by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), were developed with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and offer advice for all types of work settings, from retail stores to hospitals. The 47-page document is part of a national pandemic preparation effort detailed in President Bush’s pandemic strategy, the DOL said in a press release. The guide also discusses personal protective equipment for employees. It explains the capabilities and limitations of masks and respirators and walks employers through various respirator options, from disposable N95 masks to models that resist industrial oils. Former HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson, who frequently coaches businesses on pandemic preparations in his current role as chairman of the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, praised OSHA for issuing the new guidance. Recommended prevention measures range from supplying workers in lower-risk settings with soap, sanitizer, and other supplies to outfitting employees in high-risk jobs with appropriate respirators. “I’m surprised and excited that OSHA is stepping into this,” Thompson told CIDRAP News, adding that speaking at business conferences puts him in close touch with the concerns business executives have about workplace safety in the event of a pandemic. “The guide is very apropos to what businesses are looking for,” he said. See also: “The more information we have and the more planning we can do, the better off we’ll be,” Thompson said. “This is a good step forward.” Feb 8, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Labor (DOL) has introduced workplace health guidelines to help businesses understand their pandemic influenza risks and what they need to do to prepare. The centerpiece of the guidance is a four-level pyramid that stratifies workplaces by pandemic flu risk zones and links each zone with suggested preventive steps. For example, a data-entry office with little contact with the public would be classified as a lower-risk zone, while a dentist’s office where aerosol-generating procedures are performed would be a “very high” risk zone. The guide walks employers through several pandemic preparation steps, such as stockpiling infection control supplies and providing employees with a central source for pandemic flu information. The document details what businesses should include in their pandemic plans and offers employers several suggestions about how to maintain business operations during a pandemic. Examples include installing plastic sneeze shields in customer-contact areas to minimize exposure to the virus and expanding Internet, drive-through, or home-delivery customer service strategies. Feb 6 OHSA press release “In anticipation of a flu pandemic, our top priority is protecting the safety and health of America’s working men and women,” said Edwin G Foulke Jr, assistant secretary of labor for OSHA. “Employers and employees should use this guidance to help identify risk levels and implement appropriate control measures to prevent illness in the workplace.”last_img read more

Wildcat Linksters Fall To Centerville Bulldogs

first_imgThe FC Wildcats visited Highland Lakes Golf Course last night to compete against the Centerville Bulldogs. The Bulldogs edged the Wildcats with a score of 175 to 201.Zach Jewell, Chase Tolhurst, Kyle Grubb all scored a 50. Christian Mackie added a 51 and Justin Studt fired a 54. Medalist for the match was Sam Roberts from Centerville with a 40.The Wildcats will compete at home on Thursday (4-26) against East Central.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Dustin Riley.last_img

Cricket News This shocking thing happened during Shikhar Dhawan’s press conference after Mohali ODI

first_imghighlights There was some bit of chaos as the Punjab Cricket Association officials decided to switch off the studio lights. After a couple of minutes, calmness returned and Dhawan returned to answering questions from the media. One of the technicians then decided to turn on one of the other studio light and it flashed straight in Dhawan’s face. Irritated, Dhawan shouted, “Arey, koi yeh light bandh kar sakta hai (Can someone please switch off this light?” The press conference ended with Dhawan lamenting the conditions which resulted in India’s loss. However, some journalists said that apart from the quotes, this was a major story. The Mohali ODI was indeed a cracking contest, with over 700 runs scored in the match. Australia’s love for 359 was reaffirmed against India, winning the 2003 World Cup, 2004 VB Series against India on the same score. The final match will be played at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi and a loss for either team could hurt their confidence in a big way. Mohali: Shikhar Dhawan had set the stage on fire in the Mohali ODI against Australia when he blasted his 16th century. It was a magnificent return to form for Dhawan at a venue where he gained international acclaim when he slammed 187 on test debut against the same opponents in 2013. However, Peter Handscomb’s maiden century, combined with Usman Khawaja’s 91 and a partnership of 192 put Australia on course for a win. However, it was Ashton Turner’s brilliant 84 off 43 balls that helped Australia chase down 359, the highest total successfully chased by a visiting team in ODIs in India as the five-match series was level 2-2. Dhawan was the Indian player who came for the press conference and he looked pretty downcast, praising the knock of Turner and lamenting that the vast amount of dew on the field resulted in India’s bowlers not able to bowl the proper line and lengths. However, in the middle of the press conference, there was an incident which shocked all the journalists that were present and it also ruffled Dhawan slightly. Suddenly, there was a crackling sound which emerged out of one of the studio lights which were positioned near the speakers. Immediately after the crackling sound, the lights caught fire and the paper which was positioned ahead of the lights started to burn away.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Australia chased down 359, the highest total chased down in ODIs in India.Peter Handscomb scored his maiden ODI century.Ashton Turner slammed 84 off 43 balls in just his second ODI.last_img read more