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

Biden condemns ‘institutional racism,’ Floyd death as he reignites campaign

first_imgTopics : “He tear-gassed peaceful protesters and fired rubber bullets. For a photo,” Biden wrote, referring to Trump’s decision to use law enforcement — including military police — to clear protesters from outside the White House so he could pose for photographs at a riot-damaged church nearby. “For our children, for the very soul of our country, we must defeat him,” the former vice president said.Biden also announced in a campaign statement he would speak Tuesday morning in Philadelphia “on the civil unrest facing communities across America.”The speech will be just his third public appearance since the COVID-19 pandemic began in mid-March.  Presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden blasted President Donald Trump and denounced “systemic racism” Monday as he sought to reignite his White House campaign after weeks of coronavirus sequestration.Biden, who had met with anti-racism protesters on Sunday, took to Twitter to express his fury at his opponent’s response to the protests that have broken out nationwide over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, at the hands of a white Minnesota police officer.”He’s using the American military against the American people,” Biden tweeted after the president vowed to order an army crackdown on civil unrest gripping the United States. Promise for first 100 days At the Bethel AME church, which has a black congregation, Biden wore a mask and took notes after a prayer was said.Leaders and congregation members criticized Trump, but also challenged Biden to do more for African Americans if he wins the White House in the November 3 election.Democratic House Representative Blunt Rochester, in emotional, impassioned remarks, said she appreciated Biden for “showing up.””For those who are out there complaining, we’ve got a president that ain’t even showing up, that doesn’t even care,” she said. “Come on.”But State Senator Darius Brown noted that African-Americans did not gain economically during the eight years of Biden’s vice presidency. “We’re here not only to love you, but to push you” for more support to the Democratic Party’s African-American base, he said.Biden said he would work in his first hundred days of office to address the needs of black Americans.”I promise you… that we’re going to make sure that the economic recovery deals with the institutional structures and institutional racism, but also economic structures that need to be fixed,” he said.Biden also promised that, if elected, he would create a police oversight commission in his first hundred days in office.Several people urged Biden to choose an African-American as his vice presidential running mate.”I promise you there are multiple African-American candidates who are being considered,” he said.Biden is popular among black voters, a key electorate for any Democrat hoping to win the presidency.But he is not immune to criticism.In May, he provoked backlash when he told a radio host “you ain’t black” if he was thinking of voting for Trump. Biden quickly apologized after the interview was aired.center_img ‘Systemic racism’ In a meeting with African-American religious and political leaders on Monday in which Floyd’s death figured prominently, and speaking later in a virtual town hall, Biden accused Republican Trump of fomenting racist hate and letting minorities suffer most in the novel coronavirus pandemic.”The band-aid has been ripped off this pandemic and this president,” Biden said, speaking at the Bethel AME Church in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware.”Nobody can pretend any longer what this is all about.”The church meeting was the second time that Biden, who served as president Barack Obama’s vice president, had participated in person in a public gathering since mid-March, when the COVID-19 pandemic abruptly paralyzed his campaign.”Hate just hides. Doesn’t go away. And when you have somebody in power who breathes oxygen into the hate under the rocks, it comes out from under the rocks,” Biden said of Trump.”It matters what the president says,” Biden added. “It encourages people to bring out the vitriol.”Speaking later at a virtual town hall Biden returned to the theme of racism.”There is systemic racism, white supremacy, it’s real,” he said. “You see it. I think we all see it but African-Americans see more clearly.”Floyd’s death “invoked the full weight of our history … how black lives have been devalued by society. And it’s not only intolerable but people are angry.”Biden’s remarks came after days and nights of demonstrations and riots around the country over the death of Floyd, filmed as he was pleading for air while his neck was under the white police officer’s knee.Biden said he had spoken with Floyd’s family during the past few days.During a virtual fundraiser late Monday Biden said that Floyd’s brother Philonise told him: “Promise me. Promise me we’ll have justice. Promise me people will be held accountable. Promise me that.” After facing accusations that he was out of touch by spending too much time at home in virus lockdown, the 77-year-old Biden seems to have gotten another wind and is ready to step up the pace of his campaign as restrictions relax.last_img read more

Heifers-Lost

first_img2 Heifers-Lost. One is all red and the other is red with a white face. Escaped on (9-15) Both are about 1-1/2 years old. We live on County Road 375 South off of Farmer’s Retreat Road.Please call 654-3148 or 621-8652 for details.last_img

BiH football team ranks 24 on FIFA World Ranking list

first_imgBiH Football team climbed improved its ranking by 2 positions, and now it’s at 24th place of FIFA World Ranking list.BiH team after exhibition match with Slovenia, which ended 3:0 for BiH improved its position on the list.In the top of the list there were no changes. Spain is still number one, followed by Germany and Argentina.BiH’s rival, Greece is still 11, while Slovakia dropped for five places and now it’s at the 49th position, Latvia at 109th, Lithuania at 117th, and Lichtenstein at 154.last_img