September – October 2019

CIS onsite, Safety and Social Media!

Social Media promotes, establishes new awareness and provides new opportunities for communication.

The world is changing into a social media and technology world. We at CIS onsite use these tools to help our clients and their workers to stay safe and practice safe work techniques.

The key to social media success is not to get hung up on the tools and technology, but to focus on how to use them effectively to:

  • increase the visibility with employees
  • build and cultivate networks with employees
  • develop and grow relationships with employees
  • engage in real-time two-way interaction with employees
  • publish and distribute original content that demonstrates safety expertise to your employees
  • share links to relevant safety information that adds value to the lives of employees
  • communicate with your supervisors and employees
  • ultimately generate new awareness to all employees.

By using social media CIS onsite provides safety awareness to all its clients and their employees all the time.

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

Having a holiday potluck at work?

Nothing brings people together like food. And with the holidays fast approaching, office potlucks will be kicking into full swing, so it’s a good time to talk about safe food-handling practices.

Unfortunately, about 1 in 6 Americans – roughly 48 million people – become ill from food poisoning every year, according to FoodSafety.gov. To help make sure Ann from Accounting doesn’t get sick after eating Megan from Marketing’s casserole, share these tips with your employees before scheduling a workplace potluck.

Prep time

When preparing food to bring to the gathering, follow these recommendations from the Food and Drug Administration:

Keep it clean. Wash your hands with warm water and soap for a minimum of 20 seconds before and after handling food, using the bathroom or handling a pet. Wash your dishes, utensils, cutting boards and countertops with hot, soapy water after preparing each food item. Use paper towels to clean surfaces – cloths can carry and spread germs – and thoroughly rinse fruits and vegetables under running water. Use a clean scrub brush on firm produce.

Keep food separated. Certain foods should never come in contact with each other. For example, keep raw meat, seafood and eggs separate from other foods in your shopping cart, grocery bags or refrigerator. Keep one cutting board exclusively for meats and another for produce, and never place cooked food on a plate that already had raw meat on it. When making marinades, don’t reuse a marinade that was used on raw meat unless you boil it first.

Cook food to the right temperature. Use a food thermometer to ensure food is cooked to its proper temperature to destroy harmful bacteria. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, cook raw beef, pork, lamb and veal steaks, chops, and roasts to a minimum internal temperature of 145° F; raw ground beef, pork, lamb and veal to an internal temperature of 160° F; and poultry to a minimum internal temperature of 165° F.

Eating time

When it’s time to gather for the feast, be sure to keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold. Hot foods should be kept at 140° F or warmer, the USDA states. This can be done with chafing dishes, slow cookers and warming trays.

Cold foods should be kept at 40° F or colder. This can be accomplished by serving cold foods in dishes nesting in bowls of ice.

And although it’s tempting to leave food out all day so people come back later for seconds, it’s important to follow the “two-hour rule”: Never let prepared food sit out at room temperature for more than two hours. If it has – discard it.

Have a safe and happy holiday season!

Source: https://www.safetyandhealthmagazine.com/articles/16336-having-a-holiday-potluck-at-work

 

Autumn Health and Safety Tips

Fall into good habits this autumn! Follow these tips to help you and your family stay safe and healthy.

For more information about each section below please go to: https://www.cdc.gov/family/autumn/index.htm

Keep your kids safe and healthy.

Get involved with your kids’ activities at home and at school to help ensure they are safe and healthy.

  • Safe and Healthy Kids and Teens
  • Adolescent and School Health
  • Learn to Prevent and Recognize Concussions
  • Parent Portal
  • Child Passenger Safety

Take steps to prevent the flu.

The single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year in the fall. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Wash your hands often. Stay home if you get sick.

  • Flu Season Is Around the Corner
  • Seasonal Flu Vaccination
  • Take 3 Actions to Fight the Flu

Get smart about antibiotics.

Antibiotics can cure bacterial infections, but not viral infections. The common cold and the flu are viral infections, so avoid using antibiotics if you have one of these. Using antibiotics when they are not needed causes some bacteria to become resistant to the antibiotic, and therefore stronger and harder to kill. See your doctor or nurse to find out if your illness is bacterial or viral.

  • Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work

Have a safe and healthy Halloween.

Make Halloween festivities fun, safe, and healthy for trick-or-treaters and party guests.

  • Halloween Health and Safety Tips
  • Halloween Scramble: Activity Sheet for KidsCdc-pdf

Test and replace batteries.

Check or replace carbon monoxide batteries twice a year: when you change the time on your clocks each spring and fall. Replace smoke alarm alkaline batteries at least once a year. Test alarms every month to ensure they work properly.

  • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention
  • Fire Deaths and Injuries: Fact Sheet

Keep food safe.

Food is center stage during the holidays. Be sure to keep it safe by following basic food safety steps. Clean hands and surfaces often. Separate foods to avoid cross-contamination. Cook to proper temperatures. Chill promptly.

  • Recipes for Disaster: Keep Safe from Food Poisoning
  • Fruit and Veggie Recipes External
  • It’s Turkey Time: Safely Prepare Your Holiday Meal

Learn your family history.

National Family History Day is observed on Thanksgiving Day. Over the holiday or at another family gathering, talk about and write down the health conditions that run in your family. Learning about your family’s health history can help you take steps to ensure a longer, healthier future together.

  • Family Health History
  • My Family Health Portrait External (US Surgeon General)

Be prepared for cold weather.

Exposure to cold temperatures can cause serious health problems. Infants and the elderly are particularly at risk, but anyone can be affected. Know how to prevent health problems and what to do if a cold-weather emergency arises. Remember that using space heaters and fireplaces can increase the risk of household fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.

  • About Winter Weather
  • Stay Safe and Healthy in Winter Weather

Don’t drink and drive.

Alcohol use impairs skills needed to drive a car safely. It slows reaction time and impairs judgment and coordination. Alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes kill someone every 48 minutes. Don’t drink and drive, and don’t let others drink and drive.

  • Alcohol: Frequently Asked Questions
  • Motor Vehicle Safety
  • Impaired Driving: Get the Facts

Wash your hands.

Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps you can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. It’s best to wash your hands with soap and clean running water for 20 seconds. If that’s not possible, use alcohol-based hand rubs.

  • Clean Hands Save Lives
  • Wash Your Hands

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/family/autumn/index.htm

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