March-April 2017

Nationwide Services

 

We are a nationwide network so no matter where you are, CIS onsite is there. We are able to provide local service providers that are familiar with your geographical location. We offer you the same customized services that match your needs at any of your locations whether you have one employee that needs our services or many.

Currently we are providing services for companies in many states across the country. Regardless of where you are located geographically, we can provide you the same high quality services thanks to our massive network of healthcare professionals.

Our main focus while providing services nationwide is to maintain a personal touch with each client, as well as supreme customer service. How do we do it? Constant communication between all of our Onsite Specialists to ensure that the same, high quality services are being provided consistently at every location. Constant availability – You never have to worry about calling and speaking to multiple different people before getting in touch with someone who can actually help you, and you also don’t have to worry about long waiting periods before getting responses to emails or voicemails. We work around the clock in order to provide you services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

We provide all our services 24/7 because if your company doesn’t shut down, your injury prevention and rehabilitation services shouldn’t either. We offer a one-stop-shop for all your injury prevention and rehabilitation needs, except you don’t even have to make one stop, we come to you.

For more information, call CIS onsite at 866-298-1312, or visit our website at www.cisonsite.com.

 

Extremes in Temperature

Extreme temperatures can cause various problems for workers. Hot temperatures can lead to dehydration and muscle fatigue, especially in conjunction with high humidity. Cold temperatures make the muscles less flexible, resulting in muscle strains and pulls. Problems may include trouble breathing, fatigue, reduced dexterity, sensory sensitivity and reduced grip strength.

Hot or cold work environments do not necessarily need to be outdoors. Any location that is outside of the typical comfort zone of 55 to 85 degree F is cause for concern.

Hot Environment

When you are subjected to a high-heat environment, your internal body temperature rises resulting in your body’s attempt to regulate its temperature through increased blood circulation and increased perspiration. Relatively less blood goes to the active muscles, brain and other internal organs, which reduces strength and brings on fatigue more quickly. If your body is prevented from cooling down, it will continue to try to cool down and expend more energy, increasing fatigue. Heat stroke and heat exhaustion are the most serious health issues caused by working in hot environments. Heat stroke can be fatal and victims usually do not recognize the symptoms. While the symptoms vary from person to person, they include dry, hot skin, an elevated body temperature and ultimately a partial or complete loss of consciousness. Heat exhaustion is caused by a loss of body fluid through excessive sweating. Symptoms include heavy sweating, weakness, dizziness, intense thirst, nausea, headache, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle cramps and possibly palpitations.

The best solution to working in a hot environment is to remove yourself from the environment or reduce the temperature. This should be attempted first by increasing ventilation and/or cooling or providing heat shields, as appropriate. This is not always practical and other solutions may have to be employed to mitigate the impact of the heat. Alternating work or implementing a work-rest schedule may provide relief.

  • Drink fluids, preferably water, throughout the day to replace lost water.
  • Limit your caffeine intake.
  • Protect yourself when working outdoors by covering up as much as possible.
  • Wear lightweight, breathable fabrics.
  • Perform strenuous work during the coolest times of the day, reserving lighter tasks for the high-heat periods.
  • Take rest periods to allow your body time to cool off.
  • Know the signs of heat stress and heat exhaustion.

Cold Environment

Low temperatures reduce sensory feedback, dexterity, blood flow, muscle strength and balance. This can impact performance of complex mental and physical tasks and may even lead to potentially lethal side effects. A cold environment takes away body heat, which can result in a lowering of the inner body temperature to dangerously low levels. Hypothermia is a common cold injury associated with low body heat. This occurs when your body loses energy faster than it is produced, dropping your body temperature. Warning signs are numbness, stiffness, drowsiness and poor coordination. Frostbite is another common cold injury, which typically affects the nose, ears, cheeks, fingers and toes. The low temperature constricts blood vessels, which impairs blood flow and may cause permanent tissue damage. If damage is only to the skin and underlying tissue, complete recovery may be expected. However, if blood vessels are affected, the damage may be permanent and could result in amputation of the affected body part.

To cope with working in a cold environment you should stay active, dress warmly and follow basic safety rules. Working in a cold environment increases the risk of back injuries and other musculoskeletal injuries. Perform warm up stretching exercises before doing heavy work or handling heavy equipment and materials.

  • Dress in multiple layers of loose, dry, protective clothing.
  • Ensure that your hands, feet, face, head and eyes are covered.
  • Avoid getting wet.
  • Keep moving to help your body stay warm.
  • Take regular breaks in a warm location.

Source: http://ergo.yale.edu/extreme-temperatures

St. Patrick’s Day Safety Tips

Let’s be honest—most people look forward to St. Patrick’s Day for the drinking. The parades are great and pinching people for not wearing green is fun, but the event’s spirit rests at the bottom of a good bottle of whiskey and a few pints of Guinness. And Irish stereotypes aside, that’s as it should be. After all, the levity and good natured exuberance of St. Paddy’s help make it such a popular and care free celebration.

However, the greater levels alcohol consumption also make it a day to be responsible. Check out these five St. Patrick’s Day Safety tips to help you successfully navigate the hoopla and festivities on March 17th.

Safety Tips

Predetermine a safe way to get home for you and your friends. Whether you’re watching a parade or going to or hosting a party, ensure everyone in your group has a safe means of returning home if you plan to drink. Select a designated driver, arrange for a cab, plot a bus route, or figure out a nearby place you can crash for the night. It’s a good idea to keep route maps of local public transportation, as well as the numbers for taxi companies handy during the day.

Eat. Drinking on an empty stomach is a good way to end your St. Paddy’s day a lot earlier than planned. Make sure to get some nutrients in you to help absorb that alcohol.

Stay hydrated. Getting enough water will also help keep the party going on longer, and decrease the likelihood you’ll have a March 18th hangover. It’s a Thursday, so you’ll probably (hopefully) have important things to do, like work.

If you feel impaired, don’t get behind the wheel. In the eyes of the law, impaired driving is drunk driving, and even if you feel fine, a breathalyzer might not concur. With all the checkpoints on the roads, it’s best to play it extra safe. If you have even the least bit of doubt, don’t drive.

Be extra cautious on the roads. Just because you’re a safe and sober driver doesn’t mean other people are. A disproportionate of traffic accidents on St. Patrick’s Day are caused by people driving under the influence. Whether you’re driving or just crossing the street on foot, keep your awareness levels high.

St. Patrick’s Day calls for drinks with friends, a heap of green, and a healthy dose of responsibility. With that formula and the above tips, you can make March 17 a greater and safer night out for you and your loved ones.

Source: https://www.life360.com/blog/st-patricks-day-safety-tips/

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