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MSM Cream and how it can help you

MSM Loition Unscented 32oz
MSM Skin Lotion

Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) is most well-known as a dietary supplement, but the cream form boasts a variety of benefits. It’s made of a type of sulfur compound that already occurs naturally in animals, plants—and even humans. It’s been very popular in the alternative medicine world for years and can be a great option for those looking for a natural solution to ailments from pain to inflammation. 

One of the most common reasons to use MSM cream is to help with joint pain and muscle pain. For those with joint degeneration (which is just about everyone at a certain age), you might experience pain in the knees, hands, hips, and back. Joint degeneration can be debilitating in severe cases, dramatically decreasing mobility and movement. However, studies have shown that MSM can drastically reduce inflammation, slow down cartilage breakdown, and increase mobility while minimizing pain. One study of 100 people aged 50+ showed that MSM decreased pain, swelling, and stiffness in the joints after 12 weeks of use.

Why to Use MSM Cream

MSM is naturally anti-inflammatory by increasing the levels of glutathione in the body. MSM also inhibits the protein complex NF-kB, which is part of the body’s inflammatory response. Plus, MSM also minimizes the cytokine production which plays a role in inflammation. One study of 40 active men showed that MSM reduced cytokine release and in turn stopped immune cells from being over-stressed.

Some use MSM cream to help speed up recovery after a workout by reducing muscle damage and fatigue. When we work out, muscles are damaged—that’s what makes them bigger and stronger. MSM is a natural way to help the body heal faster by reducing oxidative stress and inflammation. Another study has shown that using MSM for 10 days dramatically reduced muscle damage from exercise while increasing antioxidants.

Putting MSM to Work

The symptoms of arthritis can also be alleviated with MSM cream because it reduces stiffness and pain. Arthritis is a very common inflammatory condition, and there are over 100 types of arthritis (rheumatoid and osteoarthritis are the most common). Many arthritis patients count on MSM as an alternative to arthritis medication. Others use MSM to boost the effects of supplements, such as boswellic acid, for arthritis. 

Some studies have shown that MSM can even help with allergy symptoms since it reduces inflammation. One common allergic reaction is “rhinitis,” which is what causes watery eyes, congestion, itching, and sneezing. All types of triggers cause allergic reactions, and those reactions cause the release of prostaglandins and cytokines in the body. Using MSM decreases these reactions by blocking their release.

Some people use MSM to boost their immunity and simply stay healthier. A poor diet, lack of sleep, illness, stress, and just about anything else can negatively affect our immune system, but MSM can help keep it on track. MSM cream can even keep skin healthy by increasing keratin production, helping to treat rosacea, eczema, and a variety of skin conditions. Try MSM out for yourself today, available at Shield-Safety.

Why you should have high-calorie food when backpacking or hiking

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MAYDAY HIGH CALORIE SURVIVAL FOOD BAR

Approximately 2,000 people get lost while hiking every year. The first 72 hours after becoming lost are critical because your chances of surviving and being located are most likely in this timeframe. You’re going to be scared, perhaps dealing with extreme temperatures, and it might be getting dark soon. Even the most avid and well-prepared hikers can get lost while backpacking, and that’s why it’s essential to always be prepared even if you’re going for a short hike in familiar territory.

You surely packed food and snacks for your hike, but did you pack the right food? A lot of backpackers put together a lavish meal to enjoy when they reach the summit, and while that can certainly be enjoyable, it’s not survival food. It’s important to always have high-calorie, easy-to-pack food that can stand up against getting crushed. 

The role of calories is to provide energy, and that’s something you’re going to need if you want to safely survive getting lost in the woods. A good high-calorie camping food is also going to be rich in protein to help you feel full longer. If you do get lost for a long period of time, protein can also help prevent muscle waste. The average adult male needs about 2,500 calories per day and women around 2,000 calories. A quality high-calorie bar of 3,600 calories will give you the energy and nutrients you need for a full day when stress levels are running high.

Survival Tips

Hopefully you told someone where you’re going, how long you expect to be hiking, and that you will check in with them when you’re due to return. That’s a must for preventing unnecessarily long instances of getting lost while hiking. You should also have enough water, waterproof matches, a watch, a flashlight, and a knife with you every time you go hiking. This is the bare minimum for day hiking. 

If you do realize you’re lost, immediately sit down. Try to calm yourself. This is the time when people are most likely to make poor, rash decisions. Consider how much time you have before sunset and mentally retrace your steps. If you don’t have a way of telling time, comparing the sun’s distance from the horizon with your hand is an easy trick. Every finger represents about 15 minutes. 

Back from the Land of the Lost

When you’ve calmed down, you can start looking at nearby landmarks. Specific mountains, sounds (like traffic!), or other visuals might help you reorient yourself so that you can get back on track. 

In many situations where hikers get lost, they’re actually not far from a known trail or familiar terrain. It’s the panic that causes us to make wrong decisions. Simply sitting, calming ourselves, and taking note of the area is the best way to get back on track. However, you do always need to be prepared for worst-case scenarios. Food, water, and shelter (a means of keeping warm) are the absolute essentials you cannot do without. Let Shield-Safety be your go-to source for safe hiking.

Water purification for emergency preparedness

Potable Aqua Water Purification

Just because you don’t consider yourself an outdoor adventurer doesn’t mean you won’t need to purify water in the future. It’s important to be prepared for emergencies, and the good news is that it’s fairly easy to purify water for drinking with a few key tools. The fastest and easiest way to sterilize water is with Potable Aqua Purification Tablets. Simply drop the tablets into the water and you’ll have safe drinking water in seconds. However, a lot of people don’t think ahead and they’re already in a tough situation with unsafe water by the time they start shopping for potable tablets. These tablets are affordable, ship quickly, and have a long shelf life so you never have to worry about contaminated water.

Otherwise, boiling water is a standard way to sterilize water. Boiling kills viruses, parasites, and bacteria. Some people don’t like the taste of boiled water, but transferring it from one container to another and allowing it to rest overnight can improve the taste. A little pinch of salt can also help. Remember that boiling does not remove toxic chemicals or fuel. If boiling is a reasonable option and the water turns out cloudy, it can still be made safe to drink. Filter it through a coffee filter, paper towel, or cloth. The cloudiness isn’t unsafe, but it can affect appearance and taste. Make sure to store your boiled water in a sterile container with a tight lid. 

Other ways to make water safe

If you need safe water fast and don’t have potable tablets or the ability to boil water, small amounts of water can be made safe with a chemical disinfectant. Bleach kills the majority of viruses and bacteria but isn’t as tough on parasites. Plus, too much bleach can of course be harmful for human consumption. Disinfecting water should only be an absolute last resort. When doing this, only use unscented bleach and use 10 drops (from a dropper) of bleach for every liter of water. That’s 40 drops for 1 gallon. That translates to 0.5 ml of bleach for one liter or 2.5 ml for 1 gallon. You can also follow the same instructions to treat cloudiness as you do with boiling water.

Water filters can also help, particularly in removing parasites. When researching water filters, choose one with the smallest pore size. Keep in mind that most filters can’t remove viruses or bacteria. Distilling water, or capturing the steam from boiling, is another method that can be used but is very time-consuming.

Unless you’re an avid outdoor person, you might never think about how you’d disinfect water. Most people don’t—until it’s too late. Boiling can certainly be one approach, but it isn’t completely effective, and you might not have access to heat water. Potable tablets are by far the most cost-effective, simple, and fast solution, and it’s always a good idea to have them on hand. A little preparation now can go a long way, and you’ll thank yourself if a water emergency does happen.

How to stop bleeding from a severe cut or wound

WoundSeal Vial
WoundSeal Stop Bleeding Instantly

The definition of a “severe” cut can vary for non-medical professionals, and it can be difficult to gauge just how deep or severe a cut is when it’s actively bleeding. If you’re concerned that a wound is life-threatening, it’s important to call 911 or go to an emergency room immediately. Generally, a wound is truly considered severe if the bleeding cannot be stopped after applying steady pressure for 10 minutes. However, while you’re waiting for medical care or if you don’t think a wound is quite severe enough for immediate medical attention, there are a few things you can do to slow down and even stop the bleeding. 

The most immediate way to slow down bleeding is to apply firm and steady pressure with a clean piece of cloth. This will give you time to get your WoundSeal items that will instantly stop bleeding for even the more serious cuts. It’s a good idea to keep WoundSeal kits and clean cloths readily available in your home, work, and all vehicles. However, if you notice that the blood has started to soak through the cloth before getting your WoundSeal kit, don’t remove it. Instead, put more cloth or gauze on top and keep applying pressure. If the injured area is on the arm or leg, raising the limb can help slow down blood loss. In most cases, a tourniquet isn’t necessary. It’s also important to keep in mind that tourniquets can easily be wrongly applied. Only consider a tourniquet if the bleeding does not slow down, and also seek immediate medical attention.

What about when bleeding stops?

As soon as the bleeding has stopped, it’s time to clean the wound. This can be done simply with warm water and soap. Make sure all soap is removed from the wound to avoid irritation. Do not use iodine or hydrogen peroxide, as they can cause tissue damage. At this point, you can either apply WoundSeal or a sterile bandage. The WoundSeal home application pack can be a supplement to any first aid kit and comes with a tool to remove foreign objects, WoundSeal with two applicators and powders, a Wrap It Cool, and special treatments for burns.

If you decide to not see a doctor immediately, keep an eye on the healing process. If you notice that the wound is particularly deep and has an opening one day after the injury, see a doctor. You might also have trouble getting out dirt and debris. If you notice signs of infection like tenderness, discharge, redness, or a fever, see a doctor immediately. Any feeling of numbness or red streaks near the wound are red flags that something’s wrong.

It’s generally better to be safe than sorry, but these are unprecedented times and it’s understandable to want to avoid unnecessary trips to the doctor (and especially the ER) during a pandemic. Be prepared for emergencies with WoundSeal, capable of stopping bleeding in an instant.

Workplace and Job Site Injury Prevention Training

Injury Prevention Training

Would you know what to do if you or one of your coworkers got hurt on the job? If you own your own business, are you confident that you and all of your employees are equipped to handle a job site injury? Too often, the answer is no. Even if the company you work for (or own) does offer workplace injury prevention training, it’s very easy for attendees to forget their training. When an injury occurs, adrenaline is running high and it’s easier than ever to forget a training from months or years ago. It’s important for all businesses to offer initial and ongoing trainings for job site injury prevention and proper safety products use, in some industries it’s even required by law. 

OSHA provides guidance on these types of trainings to help employers identify and address hazards before an injury occurs. Studies have found that employers who adopt these trainings enjoy a “dramatic decrease” in job site injuries, but there’s also a transformation of the workplace culture. Trainings lead to more productivity, a higher quality output, minimized costs, better employee satisfaction, and a smaller turnover rate. Today, 34 states either require or promote employers to have such training programs, and at the heart of all of these programs are six key facets: worker participation, hazard identification, management leadership, hazard prevention, training and education, and program evaluation. 

What Can these Injury Prevention Programs Do for You?

According to OSHA, injury prevention training programs change for the better how hazards are identified and addressed. This leads to a safer environment and better “workplace health.” Workers are understandably injured less and there are fewer illnesses and fatalities associated with the job site. Plus, employers better their compliance with current regulations and enjoy a financial benefit of a safer, healthier job site. Numerous reports and studies have backed up these claims. 

Since OSHA’s injury prevention training recommendations were adopted 40 years ago, the US has reported a significant decrease in workplace deaths and injuries. In fact, there has been a 60 percent drop. However, there are still work-related injuries, illnesses, and deaths. Most of them are preventable. In fact, every day 12+ people die on the job, totaling over 4,500 deaths per year. Annually, over 4.1 million workers have a “serious” job-related illness or injury.

Getting on Board with Safety Training

In order to further decrease these numbers, employers need to focus on prevention. This requires a training that’s continuous, effective, flexible, and makes sense. These programs help employers to identify the hazards before an injury (or worse) occurs. Trainings also help employers to abide by OSHA standards based on their industry and state. OSHA’s aim is to help employers “furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm.” 

There’s no one-size-fits-all solution for every business. Your company is unique, and it deserves a unique injury prevention program. Contact Shield-Safety to learn about various programs that can be customized to suit your needs.

OSHA Health and Safety Training for Industrial Companies

OSHA Compliance Training & Education

The Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA) has developed a wide range of health and safety training materials and best practices for every industry, including various industrial companies. You can search your exact type of company on the OSHA website. Exact regulations can vary even within industrial companies, so let’s take a look at a singular example. The semiconductor industry has enjoyed great growth in recent decades with advanced manufacturing processes and rules for dealing with industry hazards potentially changing every few years. Like many OSHA standards, the demand to conduct more hazard assessments more often has affected the semiconductor industry and many other industrial types of companies. 

In the past 60 years, the semiconductor industry has expanded greatly. Due to rapid changes in this industry, manufacturing processes and their associated hazards may change completely every few years. These changes make hazard assessments more difficult to complete and require that they be conducted more often. Common hazards may include exposure to solvents, acid and caustic solutions, toxic metals, and radiation.

Following OSHA Rules

As you can imagine, the exact standards and hazard assessments per industry are vast. They include identifying hazardous materials, the requirements for semiconductor “dipping and coating,” an overview of required personal protective equipment (PPE), respiratory protection regulations, handling and disposing of toxic substances, addressing inorganic arsenic and lead, and rules about accessing employee medical records particularly as it relates to exposure. Specific safety guidelines are laid out in OSHA documents, including the environment, health, and safety regulations for semiconductor manufacturing equipment, guidelines for identifying flow limiting devices for gas cylinder valves, exhaust ventilation, and much more. 

Although the specific rules and practices identified by OSHA are different in each industry and always changing, one thing remains constant. OSHA was created to help protect workers and their rights. OSHA dictates that all workers have a right to work in conditions where they aren’t exposed to a serious risk of harm. Workers have a right to information and training about various hazards, prevention methods, and OSHA standards for their specific workplace in a language and verbiage they can understand.

Workers also have a right to look at a company’s records of work-related illnesses and injuries. They can file a complaint to OSHA asking for the Association to inspect their work site if the worker suspects their employer isn’t following OSHA rules or if there are serious hazards. Workers can trust that the complaint will be kept confidential. Finally, workers have a right to exercise these rights without fearing retaliation or to report an injury or notify OSHA about their concerns. Workers have 30 days to file a complaint with OSHA if they think they’re being retaliated against. 

OSHA was established in 1970 to keep workers and their job sites safe. OSHA provides training, assistance, and education to keep and uphold standards. Shield-Safety helps workers and employers alike increase safety on the job site by offering training and products for added security and peace of mind.

Cool Blaze to Soothe Burns

Cool Blaze Burn & Sunburn Pain Relief Gel

Every year approximately 486,000 people receive medical treatment for a burn, and this does not include the many more who go without treatment or self-treat at home. Minor burns often don’t require medical intervention, but in order to minimize discomfort and speed up healing, you need the right products readily available. Cool Blaze Burn Gel is a product designed for minor burns, and it provides instant relief, optimizes healing, and helps to prevent scarring. 

More than twice as many men than woman will suffer from a burn in a given year. The majority of burns are caused by direct contact with a fire or flame (43 percent), although 34 percent of burns are caused by scalding. A much smaller percentage of burns are caused by electricity or chemicals. Most burns (73 percent) occur in the home, with only 8 percent occurring in the workplace. 

A burn occurs when there’s damage to the skin caused by anything including fire, hot liquids, and even the sun (in some instances, sunburns are severe enough to require medical attention, but are usually treatable at home). The severity of a burn depends on the size and depth of the injury. In most cases, it’s easy to tell how severe a burn is simply by looking at it. If you have a sunburn or a scald burn, there’s a good chance you can treat it at home.

Forget the Cocoa Butter and Get Cool Blaze

For years, home remedies for burns prioritized cocoa butter (which can help, but isn’t nearly as effective as today’s options). What you really need is a specialized gel designed specifically for treating minor burns and sunburns. Cool Blaze immediately reduces pain by removing the heat from the skin. At the same time, this reduces the amount of burn damage. Cool Blaze also provides much-needed moisture to the skin, which can minimize or even eliminate peeling. 

Cool Blaze ingredients include special nutrients to rejuvenate the skin as well as a disinfectant to help keep any risk of infection at bay. Available in convenient two-ounce bottles, Cool Blaze is non-toxic and non-adherent for maximum comfort. It fits easily into nearly any bag. Keep Cool Blaze in your home, car, and take it with you wherever you go.

Best Practices for Treating Burns

If you’re unsure whether or not to seek medical attention for a burn, it’s always best to be extra-cautious. However, if you know the burn is mild enough to be treated at home, make sure you have the best possible products available. Burns can be irritating, and without proper products they can become itchy and lead to scratching—and permanent scarring. Cool Blaze was created to soothe and protect so that you can heal quickly and avoid unnecessary lingering scars.

Keep in mind that while sunburns are painful, they are also the leading cause of skin cancer. Mistakes happen, and when a sunburn occurs, you always have Cool Blaze. It’s best to prevent sunburns to begin with by always wearing sunscreen when you go outside or are exposed to UV rays. Shop Cool Blaze and sunscreens now at Shield-Safety.

Cold Blaze Fire Extinguisher

fire extinguisher

Every home and business should have at least one fire extinguisher readily available. Did you know that 27 percent of reported fires happen in homes? Unfortunately, 79 percent of death by fire and 73 percent of all fire-related injuries are caused by home fires—not wildfires. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that there are over 350,000 home fires on average per year, resulting in about 2,620 civilian deaths. There are also about 11,200 civilian injuries related to fires every year and an incredible $6.9 billion in property damage.

The majority of home fires are caused by cooking, electrical issues, heating appliances, lighting equipment, smoking, and, in rare cases, arson. Cooking is by far the most common cause of a house fire and a fire’s resulting injuries and deaths, with smoking a close second. It’s equally important to prevent fires and have the necessary equipment on hand to quickly and safely put out fires. However, not every home is equipped with a fire extinguisher. Fires can spread rapidly, especially grease fires, and without a fire extinguisher, the average person is not capable of putting out flames. 

What You Can Do In An Emergency Fire Situation

There are many types of fire extinguishers on the market, and it can be overwhelming when you start shopping. Cold Fire Extinguishers are the best for putting out fires because they actually remove the heat and don’t simply smother flames. Most fire extinguishers you’ll find work by the smothering method, but that is far from the best and safest approach. Cold Fire Tactical Extinguishers are especially effective at putting out grease fires as well as fires caused by chemicals, fuel, and fabrics. Plus, Cold Fire Extinguishers are safe. You can even spray a person directly without causing any harm.

Cold Fire Extinguishers should be placed in the home, car, boat, and RV—anywhere a fire might break out. These extinguishers are well-established as the premium choice and are used by firefighters, police officers, and those in the car racing industry. They can save lives, save property, and provide you with peace of mind. With so many fires happening every year, it’s important that you have the right fire extinguishing products readily available. Make sure to store Cold Fire Extinguishers in moderate temperatures (above freezing levels and not hotter than 120 degrees).

Benefits of Cold Fire Extinguishers

These fire extinguishers are biodegradable and non-toxic. They are suitable for all seasons and nearly all temperatures, featuring a loop handle for easy manageability. You can use them on all types of fires and there’s no messy cleanup (unlike more traditional smothering fire extinguishers). They are relatively lightweight and come in 20-ounce units so that virtually anyone can effectively handle them—including children. Having a proper fire extinguisher in your home, business, or mode of transportation is an important part of taking a proactive step in safety. 

To learn more about Cold Fire Extinguishers or to shop complementary products, take a look at Shield-Safety’s full inventory today.

Treat Strains, Sprains, and More with Wrap-It-Cool

Wrap-It-Cool, 2 Meter Wrap For Sprains and Strains

Strains and sprains are the most common workplace injury, making up a whopping 43 percent of all injuries on an annual basis. Every year, there are about 1.3 million injuries and illnesses reported in the private sector that are severe enough to require home recuperation past the day of the injury. Following sprains and strains, bruises are the second most common workplace injury and inflammation can occur along with any of these injuries. Helping your body to heal so you can get back to work and your other activities is essential—and a lot faster with Wrap-It-Cool.

A sprain occurs when a ligament (connective tissue between bones) is over-stretched or torn. Ligaments are made of a fibrous tissue, and they aren’t designed to be stretched too far. Strains are over-stretching or tearing that occurs in the muscles. It’s easy for anyone to confuse strains or sprains, especially when both can happen at the same time. A bruise occurs when little veins and capillaries below the skin’s surface break due to a trauma. When red blood cells gather right below the skin, they can look red, blue, purple or even black. 

Inflammation is what happens when the body is responding to an injury or infection. It’s an important part of our immune system, and it’s our body’s signal to start the healing and repair process. Inflammation also helps our body stay safe from “invaders” like bacteria and viruses.

Sprains Get Better Faster

You’ve probably heard that the best way to heal from these injuries is with RICE: rest, ice, compression, and elevation. But what if you had super RICE? That’s what you get with the Wrap-It-Cool and recharge bottle. It’s a two-meter wrap that has been shown to be more effective than ice and can speed up the healing of sprains, strains, bruises, and inflammation. The recharge bottle recharges the wrap 4 – 8 times. Simply pour Liquid Recharge into the Wrap-It-Cool bar and enjoy a fully re-saturated wrap. 

The fabric is breathable and stretchy, and the liquid is designed to minimize pain and inflammation as well as bruising and stretching. Menthol helps with pain relief, Ethyl alcohol helps to minimize heat via evaporation, and Arnica and Calendula oil are established anti-inflammatory properties. Arnica also helps minimize bruising. 

One hour wearing the wrap is the same as six hours of using ice for cooling. The Wrap-It-Cool also compresses the injured area to further speed up healing. You can maximize your recovery by taking it easy on the injured area (rest) and keep the injured area lifted (elevation). With Wrap-It-Cool, you can enjoy a speedier recovery and continue more of your daily activities in the process if necessary. Get instant relief with Wrap-It-Cool, and know that as soon as it dries out, you can “recharge” it again.

These injuries aren’t just common at work. Runners, yogis, hikers, and others who are active are prone to small traumas. When injuries happen, it’s important to act fast. Learn more about Wrap-It-Cool and other products at Shield-Safety today.

Las Vegas Shooting – What Can Be Done In A Nightmare Situation

 

The Event

Las Vegas outdoor concert festival turned into a nightmare in seconds after a gunman opened fire on 22,000 people attending. The shooter rained down bullets from a nearby hotel on the 31st floor and left no options to the large crowd but to duck and run. Currently  at least 58 dead and more than 515 people taken to area hospitals.

Videos and photos of the event shock any and all who watch the terrifying scene that President Trump called “an act of pure evil”.

No one could have predicted such an event. Safety tends to come first at work but what number of importance is safety at home or on vacation?

Here are a few things that you should know if you ever find yourself in a gunner or emergency situation.

What to do before…

1) Be aware.

Trusting your instincts and in such an emergency situation can save your life. Know that everywhere you go disaster can strike. Know your emergency exits in any place. Whether it be a natural disaster or other terror most cases you want a place to have cover or somewhere to hide.

Practice out situations at home with your family and make sure that kids and adults are aware of the emergency plan for a robber, a fire, a earthquake, if they are separated in a public place, a school shooting, etc.

2) Be prepared.

Preparing yourself with emergency supplies AND training can make the real difference. If you buy a emergency kit and throw it on a shelf in your garage how likely are you to remember it in an emergency?

A young women quoted to us, after a friends passing away because of hitting his head on the side walk several years ago, “After sitting there in a hopeless situation and watching him pass because of loss of blood I found out that I could have saved his life if I had a simple Israeli Bandage…”

To this day, she carries one. Such a simple preparedness item but just having one isn’t enough. She learned how to apply it and what situations to use it in.

A trauma bag is great to have on hand but it’s the education that makes the difference.

What do to if you’re caught unprepared

According to CNN,  Nevada US Rep. Dina Titus said that the biggest need right now is blood.

It’s understandable that is the biggest need after such a tragedy. Our question, that will probably never officially be answered by the media, is “How many people in the crowd could have saved themselves and others with knowledge of how to apply a compress or a tourniquet?”

If you are in a situation with someone or yourself who has a life threatning bleeding wound…

  1. Protect yourself from exposure to an others blood. You are in danger of exposure to disease so keep in mind that you are at risk when dealing with the blood of another person. Just like responders keep CPR masks and gloves on them at all times, we can do the same.  Keep a pair or two of rubber gloves in your purse or pocket.
  2. Apply a compress and pressure. A tee shirt is better then nothing.  Anything to slow down the bleeding and apply pressure. Socks and shirts are commonly available in any situation.
  3. If the wound is in the leg or arm a tourniquet is an option.   A few options to use as a tourniquet are a belt, bandana, scarf, long sleeve shirt,  a long shoe lace, etc.  Make sure to tie it 3-4 inches above the injury between the injury and the heart. Wrap tightly. If applied properly the bleeding of the extremity will cease.  With a amputation, do not remove the tourniquet at any time.  With a proper tourniquet, it is recommended to release the pressure of the tool to allow for circulation to the extremity.
  4. Seek medical attention. 

If you find yourself in a live shooter situation be sure to…

  1. Evacuate. Have a plan in mind how to get away.
  2. Leave belongings behind. Your life is priceless.
  3. Help others escape if possible. Don’t prevent others from getting to safety.
  4. Call 911 soon as possible. 

Good Better Best

Here at Shield-Safety we pray for the people in Las Vegas and their families. We are grateful for the quick response of medics and for those who worked to get people to safety. Share to better prepare the world for the unexpected.

There was no way to predict such a terrible event could occur. School shootings, public bombings, natural disasters cannot be ignored.  Take the time to sit with your family and discuss what you can better do to prepare yourselves. We advise every public location or places where groups gather to have trauma bags that carry those emergency items.

There are proper items and training on the market that can help keep prepared for such events.  Plan ahead for any situation and keep a mobile first aid kit with you that can provide you with simple things such as a compress or tourniquet . There is even technology available that stops life threatening bleeding wounds for bullets or knifes called Quikclot. Someones life could depend on you and your training.

The saying should no longer be IF an emergency occurs but WHEN an emergency occurs.  Seconds safe lives if properly prepared.

 

Natural Disaster Trauma

 

Natural Disaster Trauma Turned Into Lesson

With the latest natural disasters, Hurricane Harvey, Irma, Maria, earthquakes in Mexico, everyone should be thinking of what will they do in such an emergency.

The death count was at least 70 after Hurricane Harvey. At least 22 deaths have been caused by Hurricane Irma in the US. Not to mention over 2 million people were without power.

Relief efforts are being made under way by several companies including, Apple who recently gave 10 million dollars to help the states under such trauma.  When we hear the word trauma what’s the first word to your mind; Traumatic? Devastation?  Wounded? Perhaps you think first aid or medical terminology.

When a natural disaster occurs, it can take hours or even days before emergency personnel can reach your location. Safety should be our first priority for our home, family, business. Lets make a short list of stuff today that you should have available in your first aid trauma kits so that you can be prepared for such events.

What Should Be In Your Trauma Kit?

Today you will learn what what types of trauma kits there are and what makes it a good one for you.

For easy understanding there are two types of trauma kits on the market.

Firstly, there are the cheap trauma kits that you can find in most online stores such as Amazon, Walmart, Costco. These can range from $20 to $200. What is normally included in them are plastic tools and lots of gauze.  If this is what your looking for then be sure you know what it is your buying and don’t be surprised if the bag or kit you buy is half the size you thought it was.

Secondly, there are the trauma kits that are used in the EMS industry and they can go for $600 and up. These kits have lots of objects/devices that you won’t typically use in the home and business, such as things to open up the airway or more and more gauze.  They have great things in them as well but often need proper training to operate such devices.

Problems with these?

The biggest issue is too much gauze and not enough things that you actually need in a first aid kit. Most people are not trained on things you will find inside the kits which makes it hard for a person who actually cares about safety to be prepared.

If your going to build your own first aid kit there are a few things that should take priority in your kit.

Top Three Injuries That Occur At Home and Work.

Think of these things when building your trauma kit: What are the potential injuries that could occur during an normal day scenario? What would I need if this (natural disaster) occurred?

1. Sprains and Strains 

Sprains and strains make up 40% of home and work injuries. Most trauma kits come with some sort of ice pack. They work decently but only last a short period and you need to be careful not to leave them on too long. Make sure your kit has something that can deal with the swelling, inflammation and bruising. It’s also advisable to have something to keep a fracture from moving such as a moldable brace.

2. Bleeding

Have you gotten a paper cut? Even that tiny injury can create lots of pain for a person. Larger cuts and wounds occur everyday and in your kit there should be some sort of compress but not just gauze. Have I mentioned that EMS and first aid kits use way too much gauze? The issue is that it sticks to the wound and doesn’t promote healing. Its much better to use a non-adherent pads. They absorb blood better and it doesn’t peel of your scab every time you go to change the bandage. There are other products as well that can stop bleeding instantly. For more info click here.

3. Burns

Burns can really be a burden whether they are from the sun or from getting up close and personal with a fire. Most people place their burns under water but it induces the risk of infection since tap water isn’t sterile. Is it better then nothing? yes, but we want the best. When looking through burn sprays and ointments realize that they typically just trap in the heat creating more damage. You need something that can pull out the heat. After testing dozens of sprays and gels we suggest this but encourage you to do your research to find what meets your needs.

*CPR

A forth option we suggest in your kit (if you have had the proper training) is a good CPR mask. Some kits just come with mouth shields which don’t give you much protection when it comes to vomit and other such things. A good CPR mask is also helpful because when the EMS arrive they can take over right away with no delay by hooking their pump to your mask.

In Conclusion

Know what you are buying and why you are buying it. Don’t waste money on areas that aren’t necessary but don’t cheat yourself by paying for things cheap things that won’t actually help in an emergency situation. You may even consider getting a nice organized bag that is easily accessible through various pockets vs a backpack with everything just mixed together and hard to find.

Remember that it’s your training that will make the difference in any emergency situation. Disasters strike everyday and it is up to you how much trauma it will cause in your life by being prepared or not.

Written by Blake Brust

Fall Protection Training: Educate Your Employees

Workplace fall protection should be at the top of your safety training priority list. Why?

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The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) names falls as one of the top four construction hazards. Fall protection training can identify the risks to your employees, provide hands-on practice for preventing falls and show employees how to rescue themselves or co-workers on the job.

It’s a Real Threat

In 2014, 261,930 workers missed one or more days of work due to injuries from fall that occurred on the job. Moreover, 798 workers died from workplace fall injuries. Fall injuries plague many types of industries, but especially construction, transportation, building maintenance and material moving industries.

An estimated $70 billion is spent annually on medical costs and workers’ compensation as a result of fall injuries. Fall protection training is the first step toward reducing injury risks for your employees.

The ABCs of Fall Protection

Fall protection training includes intensive employee instruction on how to use a personal fall arrest system (PFAS). This system has three components that make up the ABCs of personal fall protection:

  • The anchorage connector
  • Body support
  • Connecting device

The anchor type used for your workers will vary based on industry and type of job site. The anchorage connector must be securely attached and capable of holding a sufficient amount of weight.

The body support system usually used in a PFAS is a harness. The harness is attached to the worker’s body and evenly distributes weight across the chest and thighs.

The connective device is usually a high-strength or retractable lanyard that connects to both the anchor and the body harness.

Learning how to install and use a PFAS is one of the key components to an effective training course.

Identify the Hazards

Every training program should also include an in-depth examination of the job site in question. Your company’s training team will identify the hazards your workers face when using equipment and carrying out their duties.

While some fall hazards may be obvious, sometimes only professionals can spot serious risks, such as assessing how other factors like scaffolding and ladders place your employees in danger.

Form a Plan — Save Lives

Once workers are fully trained and all hazards are addressed, a comprehensive fall protection plan will be instituted. Your employees will know how to execute procedures that mitigate risk, and respond appropriately in the event of a fall.

It’s Your Legal Obligation

Taking steps to preventing falls makes your worksite safer, minimizes financial burden in the form of workers’ compensation and insurance claims, and fulfills your legal obligations. Whenever an employee’s working routine or the equipment used on the job site changes, make updates to the prevention plan and fill in the gaps with the right training.

You can depend on Shield-Safety for up-to-date information on actively preventing workplace injuries through fall protection training and response management plans. Contact us today to schedule a consultation for your business.

Do You Have a Family Emergency Plan?

A family emergency plan could save your life and the lives of your loved ones.

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If you don’t have an official emergency response plan in place, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do all members of your family know what to do in the event of a fire or other natural disaster?
  • Does your family know where to meet outside the home if evacuation is necessary?
  • Do you know how you will communicate with your family if you are separated?

These are just a few of the questions your family emergency plan will answer. It’s time to start planning.

Assess the Risks

While everyone needs to prepare for certain emergencies, such as house fires, where you live will dictate your risk level for other types of disasters such as earthquakes, floods, wildfires, mudslides, tornadoes, hurricanes and more.

It’s smart to form a family emergency plan tailored to the top three most likely disasters that could happen where you live.

Name an Out-of-Town Emergency Contact

First, it’s important to choose an out-of-town emergency contact person who is unlikely to be affected by the same natural disaster. Tell them you are using them for this role. Get their home and cell phone numbers and email address. If a natural disaster affects your region, local telephone lines will likely be tied up, but long-distance calls may go through. Or, email may be the best way to get in touch.

If your family members are separated in a disaster, they should each contact this person as soon as they can to confirm their safety.

Designate Two Meeting Places

You should designate one area close to your home or in your neighborhood for your family to meet in the event of a house fire. If the disaster has affected the entire neighborhood and you are forced to evacuate, make sure you have another local meeting place you can use as a backup option.

Learn How to Shut Off Utilities

Every responsible family member should know how to shut off the water, gas and electricity to the entire home. Practice this task and keep tools near each switch if necessary.

Practice Evacuating Quickly

Each family member should know the procedure for leaving the home quickly. Practice fire drills and make sure each family member knows how to escape their bedroom and avoid smoke inhalation.

Practice your family’s disaster response evacuation plan — grab the emergency kit and drive your evacuation route. Make sure you have a backup route plotted on a map in case roads are blocked off.

Run through these drills at least twice per year to ensure your family’s preparedness.

Assemble an Emergency Kit

Make sure you have a family emergency kit to go along with each disaster scenario. Water, non-perishable food, flashlights and a first-aid kit are just some of the items that should be included.

Interested in learning more about creating a family emergency plan? Trust Shield-Safety for guidance and find the supplies you need at our online store.

Protective Eyewear for the Workplace

Protective eyewear isn’t a fun accessory — it’s a necessity in some jobs. In industries like construction, manufacturing, mining, health care and food service, protective eyewear prevents injury, keeping workers safe and on the job.

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Don’t underestimate the importance of outfitting your workers with the right gear — it benefits your entire company.

Eye Injuries Hurt Workers and Productivity

Every year, 300,000 Americans visit the emergency room because of a work-related eye injury. While the injury may be as mild as eye strain, it could also be the result of severe trauma.

Altogether, these eye injuries contribute to many lost work days and significant financial payouts on the part of the employers for worker’s compensation. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that businesses lose $300 million every year as a result of eye injuries.

So you can see that not using protective eyewear can be costly.

The Right Gear Can Help

The first step in a workplace prone to eye injury risk is to assess business practices. Identify the hazards that are causing the injuries, and try to eliminate as many risks as possible.

While risk mitigation is a key part of reducing the instance of all workplace injuries, the next step is to outfit all workers with the right protective eyewear. Also, keep the appropriate eyewash treatment on hand for emergencies.

Construction workers and auto technicians face dangers from flying metal shards, dust, nails, staples and other debris. Welders could be exposed to ultraviolet radiation. Manufacturing workers may come into contact with dangerous chemicals. Health care workers may be exposed to infectious diseases.

The risks are many, but using protective eyewear such as safety goggles or eye shields can significantly reduce chances of injury.

Promote a Culture of Safety

Even though it’s in their best interests, workers may not always use protective eye gear when it’s provided. The reasons may range from an uncomfortable fit to interference with regular eyeglasses. Also, workers may not realize the risks certain activities pose to their vision.

Beyond simply providing the right gear, employers must focus on creating a culture of workplace safety, which starts with information.

Teach your workers about the risks so they understand the reasons behind the need for using protective eyewear. Train them to reduce hazards on their own. Supervisors may also need to follow through and ensure each employee is using the appropriate eyewear for every task.

When employees are trained and responsible for their safety and the safety of their co-workers, you’ll see a reduction in eye injuries, and you’ll achieve an overall safer workplace.

Get the protective eyewear and the proper training from Shield-Safety — we can help with your effort to prevent workplace injuries.

Choosing an AED: What You Need to Know

Choosing an AED for your home or business is a big decision. You need to know which model is best suited for your purposes before you invest in one. Educate yourself first so you can save more lives.

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What Is an AED?

An automated external defibrillator administers electric shocks a person’s heart when they have gone into cardiac arrest. It measures the heart’s rhythm and revives the muscle, if needed.

During cardiac arrest, the heart is beating ineffectively and erratically. The organs quickly become deprived of blood and begin to shut down. Unless the heart’s rhythm is restored to normal, severe organ damage or death will occur.

By administering both CPR and attaching an AED to the victim’s chest, bystanders or emergency professionals can keep blood pumping to the vital organs, saving the person’s life.

Basic Modes and Features

Choosing an AED involves getting to know all the different types available, and which model has the modes and features you’re looking for.

AEDs come as either automatic or semiautomatic. With an automatic model, the unit senses when the electrical shock is needed and delivers it without any initiation from the bystander. A semiautomatic requires the bystander to press a button to administer the shock.

While each type has its advantages, if you’re looking for an option for a business or a home where emergency medical technicians with years of training aren’t going to be on hand, you’re probably better off choosing an AED that’s automatic.

Also, consider who will be using the AED. Some models come with adult-sized pads, but give you an option to purchase pads sized for children after the fact. If you aren’t likely to administer treatment to a child, this may not be a concern, but for schools, it’s definitely necessary.

Finally, consider where you’ll be using the AED. If you will be outdoors where the unit may be exposed to or have to operate in rough weather, consider purchasing a water-resistant machine.

Easy Operation Is Key

Regardless of which model you get, make sure that you can easily operate the AED. A complex process will only seem more difficult in times of stress and urgency. Some AED models will monitor your compressions and give you feedback on whether you are pushing hard and fast enough based on its readings of the heart rhythms, but consider getting official CPR training as well.

Battery Type and Maintenance

AEDs use different types of batteries, all with varied life expectancies. While emergency medical responders typically have rechargeable systems because they anticipate using them quite often, your model likely will have lithium ion batteries that must be checked and replaced on a regular basis to ensure they’ll work when you need them to.

Choosing an AED isn’t the easiest task, but once you’ve found an option that is suited to your home or office, you’ll be satisfied you took the time and money to purchase a product that’s going to last and potentially save the lives of your co-workers, your loved ones or even you.

Safety Supplies You Need in the Office

Safety supplies help prevent and reduce the extent of injuries. They’re an essential component to any office, especially if your workplace activities put employees at risk of injury.

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Here are five items to keep on hand in the workplace:

1. Flashlights

When you have a power outage at home, you can light candles or rely on your basement generator to kick in. In the office, you may not have a generator, and lighting candles is just another safety hazard that’s likely prohibited.

You need a large store of high-powered flashlights. Your phone’s flashlight won’t do for every occasion. When you’re gathering quality flashlights to add to your office safety supplies, don’t forget backup batteries if they’re not rechargeable.

2. First-Aid Kits

No matter what types of risks, if any, employees face while carrying out their day-to-day tasks, safety supplies should include multiple first-aid kits.

First, make sure office first-aid kits have the components needed to deal with typical cuts and bruises. This might include bandages and cold packs.

Then consider compiling first-aid kits specifically designed to be useful in the event of more serious emergencies like tornadoes or fires. Burn dressings and splints may be smart additions.

3. Fire Extinguisher

A fire extinguisher is necessary in an office setting. Even if a microwave or coffee maker malfunction is the only fire threat, just a few sparks can translate to a whole-building fire.

Make sure all fire extinguishers are fully charged, and employees know where they are and how to use them.

4. Biohazard Kit

Biohazard cleanup kits include safety supplies needed to deal with blood-borne pathogens and bodily fluids. Disposing of this type of waste safely is key to keeping all employees safe from disease.

5. Safety Cones

Safety cones are helpful to warn people away from a spill or direct them around a cleaning project. They help mitigate slip hazards when they are effectively placed around the area in question.

Using safety cones is a good way to protect against employee injury and reduce the chances of worker’s compensation claims.

Why Are Safety Supplies Important?

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has strict requirements for all employers when it comes to engendering a safe environment for workers.

Besides providing the proper training and education on injury prevention and emergency response, you must provide the right equipment for employees so they can follow the correct response tactics and guidelines.

Shield-Safety provides specialized training based on your industry and OSHA requirements, and also offers a wide selection of safety supplies to outfit your office. View our online store today to purchase all the items you’re missing.

Complying with OSHA Regulations: Make Safety a Priority

OSHA regulations are strict for a reason — they’re supposed to make you, your employees and your entire workplace safer. From small businesses to large corporations, everyone involved benefits when federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations are followed to the letter.

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If you’re overwhelmed at the prospect of an inspection, don’t be. You can take easy steps today to reduce risk, control hazards and ensure continued compliance with all OSHA standards.

Resolve to undertake the four actions listed below, and you’ll never have to worry about being in compliance with OSHA regulations.

1. Conduct a Worksite Analysis

A complete site analysis is the first step in assessing the safety of your workplace. It may help to request a free consultation visit with OSHA at this stage to walk through all of the workplace procedures. You should also do a walk-through of each employee’s tasks with him or her, keeping watch for any procedures that don’t line up with OSHA regulations.

Review the past few years of accident reports and injuries and see if any patterns are developing.

If a worksite analysis turns up evidence of noncompliance, you must correct it right away. Make repairs or alter procedures, then document your changes.

2. Maintain Equipment

Another key way to stay in compliance with OSHA regulations is by thoroughly maintaining all of your equipment. Regularly inspect equipment, and have a check system in place for operators to alert management when machinery is not operating correctly.

3. Schedule Employee Training

One of the most important areas of OSHA compliance is employee safety training. OSHA regulations are meant to ensure that every employee works in a safe environment, and in many cases, the employees themselves dictate the level of safety.

It is the owner’s responsibility to ensure employees are adequately trained for their jobs and aware of all risks and hazards.

Besides training for the job itself, employees need to be trained on how to properly utilize protective equipment. They should also be trained on how to respond to workplace injuries and emergencies.

4. Encourage Open Communication

Lastly, one of the steps you must take to ensure the safety of everyone in your company is by encouraging an open, communicative environment. Safety hazards aren’t a low priority. They should be identified and corrected right away.

If you work at creating a workplace environment where employees feel comfortable sharing their thoughts on any risks and hazards they face, you are much more likely to stay in compliance, because you can correct issues immediately.

Shield-Safety is your top resource for complying with OSHA regulations, from providing employee training to writing safety procedures for your company. Call today for more information.

Augment Your First Aid Kit with These Items

A first aid kit should contain more than a couple of bandages. When you or a loved one has a deep wound or a serious allergic reaction, the items in your first aid kit can stabilize you and keep you safe until emergency medical professionals arrive.

Preparation is key — take stock of what’s in your first aid kit today.

Make Sure You Can Clean Wounds and Stop Bleeding

first-aid-kitEvery first aid kit should contain a bulb syringe. This allows you to clean deep cuts and make sure all dirt and bacteria is removed. Next, you will need to use antiseptic ointment or wipes to clean the area.

Finally, you’ll want to close the wound until you can get to a hospital. You can use butterfly sutures to close a smaller cut. Larger cuts will need bandage wraps, gauze strips and strong waterproof adhesive tape, especially if you’ll be far from medical help, such as out in the wild on a hiking trip.

Focus on Infection Prevention

Every open wound puts you at risk of infection, and it can set in quickly. Make sure you have a plentiful supply of disinfectant solutions such as peroxide and alcohol. If you have to change the wound’s dressing, you will need to clean it again and apply plenty of antibiotic solution.

Add Pain Relief Supplies

Typically, pre-assembled kits come with a few tablets of Tylenol or ibuprofen, but you should have more on hand. Get some ice packs too. Icing a twisted ankle or knee will help with pain management and will keep swelling down while you wait for treatment. Also, you can add pain relief products that specifically help reduce discomfort in the event of a dental injury.

Prepare for an Allergic Reaction

Even if you’ve never had an allergic reaction, you should prepare for one. Most people don’t find out about their allergies until after their first reaction.

Whether you react to a bug bite, food or a chemical, an anaphylactic reaction could be deadly. Add antihistamines like Benadryl to your kit. It’s also worth it to add an EpiPen to your kit, especially if you have known serious allergies.

Personalize Your Kit

Think about who the kit is designed to help. For the most part, it will serve your needs and the needs of your family members. Design the contents around these needs.

Pre-assembled kits are a great starting point, but add an extra supply of your family’s regular prescriptions or over-the-counter medications. It wouldn’t hurt to include signed medical consent forms for everyone in your family either, along with brief medical histories and physician contact information.

Trust Shield-Safety for additional guidance on compiling and maintaining a first aid kit — contact the team today to find out more and to sign up for emergency response training opportunities.

CPR Certification: Why Should You Get Trained?

CPR certification may be one of the most important courses you ever take, because it could mean the difference between life and death.

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According to the American Heart Association, cardiac arrest events strike approximately 383,000 people every year outside of a hospital setting. Fewer than 8 percent of people who suffer from one of these events survives, and only 32 percent get CPR from a bystander.

By investing time into CPR training, you could prevent a needless death and make the world safer.

What Is Cardiac Arrest?

Cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. The heart suddenly stops beating, so blood flow to the brain and other organs is cut off.

Ventricular fibrillation, which is an abnormal disruption of the heart’s electrical system, is often the cause of cardiac arrest. It’s different from a heart attack, in which a blockage cuts off the heart’s blood supply, but a heart attack can also lead to cardiac arrest.

A number of other conditions can cause cardiac arrest, such as heart muscle thickening, valve and rhythm disorders, drug use or a sudden impact to the chest.

What Is CPR?

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can drastically improve the chances of survival after sudden cardiac arrest. A study in Denmark showed that cardiac arrest victims who received CPR were more than 50 percent likelier to arrive at the hospital alive than those who did not.

CPR helps keep blood circulating until professional medical help arrives. The longer a body goes without blood circulation to major organs, the lower the chances of survival. Without CPR, the minutes it takes for emergency medical services to arrive can be deadly.

You Will Confidently Learn to Help Others

After you earn CPR certification, you’re more likely to be better able to recognize a cardiac emergency, and you’re more likely to help. Seventy percent of Americans don’t know how to respond to a cardiac emergency, either because they have not been trained or they do not remember what to do. When you’re trained and prepared, you don’t hesitate, and you could save a life.

You Will Qualify for Additional Jobs

Earning a CPR certification also makes you eligible for positions where this training is necessary. Industries such as construction, health care and education require many types of employees to earn and maintain CPR certification.

You Will Gain Peace of Mind

The life you could save with CPR certification is likely to be one of your loved ones. Four out of 5 out-of-hospital cardiac events occur in the home. You will gain peace of mind knowing that you know how to respond if one of your loved ones is in peril.

CPR certification is a vital skill. Schedule training for your work, school or community today by contacting Shield-Safety.

Safety Training Is a Valuable Investment in Your Workforce

Safety training is one of the best ways you can invest in your employees and your company, because a safer environment means fewer accidents, less production downtime, increased productivity and greater employee confidence and loyalty. 

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It’s vital to prioritize safety training for the four central reasons listed below. 

1. Increase Productivity

Safety training accomplishes a number of goals that all lead to a boost in employee performance, which translates to greater productivity for your company. Productivity leads to increased output, revenue and success. 

First, training imparts a message to your staff: You care. You want them to be equipped with the skills and information they need to prevent personal injury and succeed. When employees feel cared for, they’re more emotionally invested in business outcomes. 

Second, employees may be following an outdated or dangerous work process that needs updating, and they may not know it. When you have a trained safety specialist manage the session, he or she can assess work processes and make changes that not only increase safety, but also save time, improving employee efficiency. 

2. Lower Your Turnover Rate

A low turnover rate is essential to a profitable company. The cost to replace a full-time employee vastly outprices the cost of safety training, and its instrumental in reducing turnover. 

When employees are cared for and protected, they’re less likely to leave. Few are likely to risk moving to another company if they’re comfortable at your company. 

In addition, safety training has the potential to lower your company’s insurance premiums. You can pass these savings on to your employees by offering additional benefits, further cementing their dedication to their jobs. 

3. Prevent Costly Accidents and Injuries

It’s expensive to have a dangerous workplace, not to mention potentially life-threatening to your employees. Avoid medical expenses, litigation costs, compensation fees, fines, accident investigation and claims managements costs, and insurance premium increases. Institute regular training sessions and significantly reduce the risk of accidents and injuries. 

4. Stay in Compliance

Many industries require specialized workplace training, and businesses with five or more employees are required to institute a formal policy. Regardless of whether your company’s trade warrants specific training, and no matter the size of your staff, businesses benefit from preventive training. If business owners are found liable for negligence, they could face serious legal consequences. 

Shield-Safety is committed to providing safety training with a personal touch, connecting with each employee and ensuring all understand and can apply each lesson to daily life in the workplace.

MSM Supplements Accelerate the Healing Process

MSM supplements can help your body recover from injury faster, making them an essential component to any wound treatment kit. MSM supplements also help increase your overall health and wellness, boosting your immune system and relieving pain.

What exactly is MSM and what should you expect from this compound?

What Is MSM?

MSM is short for methylsulfonylmethane. It’s a compound found in nature. It’s in many unprocessed foods, but food preparation typically erases its presence.

A type of sulfur, MSM is believed to provide many anti-aging benefits that help your body stay flexible and energetic.

How Does MSM Help You Heal?

This supplement can help your body in many ways, but it’s especially noticeable in accelerating the healing process. This is accomplished in one of two ways.msm supplements

First, MSM helps your body dispose of toxins at the cellular level. When you are injured or sore, lactic acid and other substances build up in your system. Sulfur helps your cells work more efficiently to eradicate these byproducts, which allows your body to concentrate more energy elsewhere.

Second, this supplement triggers a natural anti-inflammatory response. Since sulfur helps your cells get rid of metabolic waste, the accompanying inflammation and retained fluids can also be released. Reducing inflammation is key to facilitating healing.

Why Else Should You Take MSM Supplements?

MSM supplements provide a number of additional advantages that are byproducts of its main function, ridding toxins in the body at the cellular level. Here are a few more reasons to add this supplement to your daily regimen:

  • Improve the Condition of Your Skin, Hair and Nails

MSM helps with your body’s collagen production. Collagen is an essential substance that keeps your skin firm and wrinkle-free and contributes to healthy hair and nails. It also helps your body produce keratin, another protein that contributes to hair and nail health.

  • Increase Your Flexibility

This supplement can help with joint flexibility, partly due to the fact that it facilitates toxin removal and restores movement to the cells.

  • Increase Nutrient Absorption, Natural Energy

When your body saves energy on metabolic waste removal, that energy can be diverted to nutrient absorption. Your body will absorb the vitamins and minerals it needs faster, and you’ll also have more energy.

Who Needs MSM?

MSM supplements are commonly used to treat pain and swelling associated with arthritis, osteoporosis, temporomandibular joint disorder and more. For injuries, MSM helps with cuts, scar tissue and burns.

Some people depend on MSM supplements for treating high blood pressure, high cholesterol and even cancer. If you’re looking for a range of product options for MSM supplements, look no further than Shield-Safety’s online catalog, and place your first order today.

More Effective Treatment for Sprains and Strains

This is the one of the newest first aid technologies in the last 5 years. It’s a very unique product designed for sprains, strains, fractures, joint pain, inflammation and swelling.

When a sprain occurs there’s usually swelling, inflammation, pain and bruising. A sprained ankle means one or more ligaments were stretched or torn. If a sprain is not treated properly, you could have long-term problems. Usually this occurs when it does not heal properly which happens quite often. If it’s a severe sprain, you might have felt a “pop” when the injury happened.

In fact, sprains will occur more frequently until surgery is required. Using a brace and/or crutches will not help the ligaments to heal properly. Typically, the ankle is rolled either inward (inversion sprain) or outward (eversion sprain). If it’s a severe sprain, you might have felt a “pop” when the injury happened.

In order to minimize pain, swelling and inflammation, the injury needs to be cooled and compressed for a minimum of 48 hours. We are familiar with the first aid procedure called R.I.C.E. which has been around for many years.

There are a few downsides of this method.

  1. Ice is too cold directly on the skin and it’s very difficult to apply ice and compression for 48 hours consecutively
  2. Ice does not help to break down bruising and usually there still swelling and inflammation with using ice.
  3. Ice immobilizes the individual where no work or activities can be performed. These types of injuries also cause 40% of all lost work time and causes companies thousands. It takes weeks to heal too.

So this where the Wrap It Cool comes into play.

How Does Wrap It Cool Work?

wrap-it-coolThe wrap is 2 meters long. It can be cut to size and then resealed to reuse. You can also purchase a bottle of Recharge to resoak and reuse the wrap another 4 plus times. The wrap is soaked in a liquid of 4 ingredients: menthol, ethyl alcohol, calendula and arnica.

Menthol which is the main product in other creams like Bengay, Icy HOT or Biofreeze but what they’re not telling you is that it’s just a placebo; it does not cool but only gives the sensation of cooling and is NOT an anti-inflammatory. But menthol does open up the pores to allow the other products to penetrate quicker.

Now ice can be a shock to the system and you can usually only handle about 15 mins of direct ice and the body actually cools itself through evaporation. So the wrap actually uses ethyl alcohol to evaporate heat. It’s easier and more effective than ice.

One hour of wearing the wrap equals more then 6 hours of cooling!

Calendula and arnica are natural products that are anti-inflammatories and arnica is the only product known to break down bruising. This is the only product that removes heat, inflammation, swelling, pain and bruising. It also great for just joint pain or carpel tunnel.

Walking on the sprain can actually help minimize the scar tissue. “Old school” first aid states to stay off it. That is not necessarily true. It will take longer to heal. Too much using of the ankle can increase swelling so be wise.

For proper wrapping of the ankle to heal the ligaments properly, make sure to attend one of our Injury Treatment courses. You won’t get this training and information any where else!

Save Yourself a Trip to the Emergency Room!

 

For many years, people have just applied pressure and used gauze or a trauma dressing or even clothing to try and stop or slow down bleeding. Many people have also used superglue or Cayenne to stop bleeding and close a wound.

The negatives of using those products are that they are toxic, do not disinfect and are not FDA approved for first aid procedure. They can also seal in an infection.

Now there is a new product called Woundseal that is taking the world by storm to stop bleeding. It is the most effective product in stopping bleeding. It’s a hydrophilic polymer with potassium ferrate that when applied with pressure stops bleeding and disinfects bleeding. There needs to blood present for it to work. It reacts with the blood to stop the bleeding. The more the blood the better.

How to Use Woundseal

woundsealPour enough powder to cover the wound and then apply the pressure until it stops bleeding. It creates a scab that is waterproof after 3 hours! The woundseal is non-toxic and can be used on children and animals. It’s hypoallergenic and there have never been any reported allergic reactions. It is clinically proven to heal 70% more effective than stitches, sutures or staples.

It allows the body to heal properly from the inside out closing up the wound and minimize scar tissue. Whereas stitches and other methods force the closure of the wound from the outside in.

It is proven to stop bleeding for those who are hemophiliacs or on blood thinners. They usually have a hard time clotting by themselves and therefore they usually visit the E.R. It can also be used to stop bad nose bleeds, cuts around the eyes, etc. For companies, it’s considered an exempt class 1 device by the FDA which means it’s a non-recordable injury with OSHA therefore it’s a non-workers compensation claim.

This product can save families and businesses thousands. Many companies have eliminated numerous claims because of this product. It has saved my family from 3 trips to the E.R. from bleeding head woundswound seal progression example

 

and one from a very serious nose bleed! We even used it for a tooth he lost while eating and we couldn’t stop the bleeding it until we applied the Woundseal.

I will forever use Woundseal.

Injury Treatment Training

Want to learn how to minimize the down time and eliminate worker’s compensation claims due to injuries? We have created the most up-to- date first aid training called the Injury Treatment Course.

Injury Treatment Class is Unique

safety training UtahThis class is unlike any other first aid course. Other first aid classes are very basic and do not include the newest first aid technology or the most up-to- date techniques. Having 40 years’ experience in the industry, we have created a class that empowers your employees and their families on how to best handle all types of injuries.

This class includes how to stop bleeding over just using pressure with the newest first aid products, how to minimize swelling, pain, inflammation and bruising due to sprains and strains. How to properly tape and wrap ankle sprains so the ligaments and tendons heal properly. How to detect fractures minus x-rays that will save you thousands. How to remove splinters and particles from the skin and eyes, etc.

We focus on injuries at work and at home because both have an impact on your business and bottom-line. We will help save thousands through eliminating worker’s compensation claims, down time, lost productivity, administrative expenses, etc all due to injuries at work and at home. Here is a testimonial from a customer who implemented the class for all their employees and their families which saved an E.R. visit.

A Testimonial from a Customer

“We recently hosted a safety training called: First Aid for the Home: bringing safety into your home, put on by Shield Safety. You should know that we hosted this training on two different days, and we allowed our employees to bring their families to this training if they wanted. As most voluntary trainings go the attendance sign up sheet was pretty light on the first day, and our employees were pretty skeptical about the class. However, half way through the first day sessions our class sizes started to grow, and employees were calling their family members at home to get them to come to a later session. By the second training session the classes were full, and we had almost 100% of all employees attend one of these voluntary classes.

“For us what was even better than 100% employee participation was the fact that our employees were bringing more of their Spouses, Children and Grandparents to these classes, and some of my employees went through the class 2 or 3 times. For weeks we heard from employees about how great this training was and how in the beginning they thought it was another boring training about CPR. However, once they were into it, and the trainers really engaged real life situations and how to handle them they really learned a lot. Don’t take my word for this training here is an email I received from an employee 2 weeks after our class:

“Wanted to let you know that the first aid kit and training you gave me worked, and saved me a trip to the ER. I was insulating some duct work in my basement last week, when I got a wood splinter in my eye. My usual trick of wiping with my sleeve until it comes out didn’t work, so I then tried rinsing my eye with cold water and that didn’t work either.

Then I remembered that sweet first aid kit. My wife ran and got it and opened the 8oz bottle of goodness that eventually freed a 1/8″ wood splinter from my eye. From the training course I remembered that you always rinse away from your good eye, so I had to reposition myself as to not move the problem from one eye to another. After removing the piece, my eye felt as good as before. I went and got some safety glasses to finish the project (since now I was out of eyewash solution).

Thanks for the kit and the training. It truly helped.”

Shield Safety gave my team a new skill set around safety they didn’t have before. Their blended approach of hands on and practical application left a lasting impression on my employees. I would recommend this service to anyone looking to have a world class safety culture. If you need any further information or have any additional questions please don’t hesitate to contact me.”