Looking Good Might be Making You Sick

September 4, 2015 Leave a comment

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The average woman uses 12 different beauty products each day. Eyeliner, base makeup, lip stick, etc… Most, however, have absolutely no idea what’s in the makeup that they use and that they are putting on their skin, in their hair, on their lips…

Most of us would like to think that someone, maybe the FDA, we really aren’t sure who actually, is making sure that there’s nothing harmful in these beauty products. The fact is that the cosmetic industry is, by and large, unregulated. Even worse, with kids as young as 12 years old starting to use cosmetic products, some of these products might actually be interfering with your daughters hormones.

We don’t even know how many companies there are right now that are producing their products. We certainly don’t know what’s in them.” says Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill. who is trying to introduce a bill that would allow the FDA to have oversight of the cosmetic industry.

One study found that 400 of the lipsticks tested contained lead (read more about that here).

One website Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, is trying to help you at least make educated and healthy choices for you and your children.  Learn what’s in the cosmetics that you are presently using and learn which cosmetics are safe, then, go even further and find out what you can do to be a part of the solution.

Oregon OSHA Trench Wall Collapse

September 3, 2015 Leave a comment

Oregon OSHA inspector shows up just in time, watch the video…

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Murder # 1 Cause of Death for Women at Work

September 2, 2015 Leave a comment

OSHA stats tell us that the number one cause of death in the workplace is slips, trips and falls. What it doesn’t tell us is that most of the people who make up this number are men and that if deaths are distinguished by sex, the story is very different. Turns out that the number one cause of death at work for women is actually murder (while car accident numbers are actually higher, I’m not counting them because women who die in car accidents are actually not technically at work yet or have already left work).

According to an article in the Washington PostThe murder threat for women is different. Both sexes die most often at the hands of robbers, and both also murdered at about the same rate by co-workers. But more than a third of women murdered at work are killed by boyfriends, spouses, exes or other relatives. For men, that category of killer is almost zero.

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Read the complete story

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NSC Wants Workplace Policies for Painkiller Use

September 1, 2015 Leave a comment

From the National Safety Council website:

“A new report by the National Safety Council examines recent court decisions in which injured workers died from an overdose of pain medications.

This report identifies:

– When opioid-related overdose is compensable.

– How to protect your injured workers from potential dangers of opioid pain medications.

– How employers can reduce the risk of compensable costs associated with opioid use or related to opioid use.

After sign-up, you will receive an email from customerservice@nsc.org with a link to view and download the report. If you do not receive the email within a few minutes, first check your junk mail folder or email us at rxsafety@nsc.org. Sometimes our emails get blocked or caught by your spam filter. Remember to add this email address to your safe sender list through your email provider to avoid updates being blocked or going to your junk mail.”

Download the report

Government to regulate “Pooh Sticks” now?

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If you’ve read Winnie-the-Pooh for yourself or for your kids or grandkids (and if you haven’t why the heck not?), you know what the Pooh sticks game is. You stand on one side of the bridge and each player drop a stick. Then you run to the other side of the bridge and see whose stick gets there first. Simple right?

Apparently the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) doesn’t think so. They posted the following on their twitter page: “When playing #Poohsticks check bridge sidebarriers are safe height with no large gaps and structurally sound bridges with slow-flowing water.” A little later a second tweet appeared which read: “When playing #Poohsticks, do not allow children to lean out over sides of the bridge. Children should be supervised at all times by an adult.”

While technically good advice, the tweets were not well received.

The tweets were quickly remove so you won’t find them anymore because someone at the DCMS had the good sense to realize that the tweets made them look ridiculous, especially after their twitter account got slammed with responses that ranged from those who were outraged at the postings to those ridiculing the DCMS and telling them how petty and stupid the tweets made them look.

The DCMS further tried to apologize by posting this tweet: “Silly mistake on our part on the #PoohSticks tweet – we didn’t mean for it to be posted. Apologies all.”

Maybe the DCMS needs to have someone who proofs before they send out a tweet because co-workers don’t let co-workers post silly tweets.

Oh, and by the way, if you want to know how to win every time at Pooh Sticks a British engineer has come up with the winning formula at http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-34055084. Someone else with too much time on their hands.

Don’t Wash Your Chicken

Do you wash your chicken before you cook it? If you do KNOCK IT OFF! That’s the message of a new campaign by the FDA. Apparently washing poultry before cooking it does nothing to eliminate any of the bacteria and, in fact, increases the risk of spreading it. Check out why in the video below:

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State of the Air Website Lets you Know about Air Quality

Do you ever wonder about the quality of the air that you’re breathing day in and day out?

A website run by the American Lung Association called State of the Air might be able to help.

State_of_the_AirWhile the site wasn’t able to give me any concrete information on the area where I live, probably because it’s a little too rural, it was able to give me a report card on the air quality in King County where I work.

Report_CardCheck out the area where you live to see how clean your air is and then see how you can help make it better.

 

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