Safetec of America, Inc. is excited to announce that we’ve been undergoing renovations at our company headquarters located at 887 Kensington Ave., Buffalo, NY. This renovation project started in June and is projected to complete by the end of the year.
If you work in a hospital, or anywhere surgeries are performed, you should be aware of the dangers a blood spill can pose. Human blood can contain dangerous pathogens that have to be disinfected and disposed of properly. In addition to blood spills being harmful, they are regulated by OSHA. There is a stringent provision that details what to do in the event of a blood spill to prevent the transmission of bloodborne pathogens. Provision 1910.1030 explicitly states “All procedures involving blood or other potentially infectious materials shall be performed in such a manner as to minimize splashing, spraying, spattering, and generation of droplets of these substances.”
Bloodborne pathogens are infectious microorganisms in human blood that can cause disease in humans. These pathogens include, but are not limited to, hepatitis B (HBV), hepatitis C (HCV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Needlesticks and other sharps-related injuries may expose workers to bloodborne pathogens. Workers in many occupations, including first responders, housekeeping personnel in some industries, nurses and other healthcare personnel, all may be at risk for exposure to bloodborne pathogens.
We all know the feeling, a slight itch in the back of the throat that will inevitably develop into an annoying bug. Many people will push through common illnesses like sinus infections or mild strains of the flu, and they will also encourage their children to do the same. However, sometimes sending them to school isn’t beneficial to them or their classmates. Sometimes even the slightest symptoms can warrant a doctor’s visit to get your child back on track.
In our current age, hygiene and disease awareness is at an all-time high. People now know that germs can quickly spread if they aren’t adequately controlled. A large part of infection control comes from hand care, in the form of sanitization and cleaning. However, it still isn’t common knowledge to know when soap and water will suffice, or if a strong sanitizer, like Safetec’s Hand Sanitizer, will be needed.
For most people, it is easy to forget about the flu when scares about different diseases are plastered all over the news media. However, the flu remains one of the most deadly diseases to ravage our country every year. The flu generally doesn’t kill; it’s complications that arise that lead to death. Let’s dive in and take a look at how this illness can lead to death.
How many times have you dragged yourself to work with a cold or the flu? Your joints ache, you have a fever, and your nose won’t stop running, but you have a deadline, so in you go. All across America, people show up to work ill. Some assume they will be punished for their absence, while others only need the money. However, if not monitored, this “presenteeism” can cause companies more harm than good.
In the healthcare world, dealing with cancer is an unfortunate, but standard practice. To combat this deadly disease cytotoxic drugs are used. These drugs prevent the replication and growth of cells to resist the rapid development of cancerous cells, Rheumatoid-Arthritis, and Multiple Sclerosis. These drugs are difficult to control once inside the human body and can cause numerous side effects. It’s clear these drugs are aggressive inside the human body, so what happens if a spill occurs in a lab environment?
In the modern age of disease prevention, it is of paramount importance to know the differences between cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing, plus the benefits of each. Most people believe these terms are synonymous but don’t realize how different they are. For instance, if you are cleaning a surface that needs serious disinfecting you might be putting yourself and others at risk of contracting whatever was on the surface. Let’s begin.
The most significant risk for your employees during the winter is due to Hypothermia which is abnormally low core body temperature, and that occurs when cold temperatures cause the body to lose heat faster than it can be produced.