Accidents can happen when we mindlessly go about the completion of a task. Being fully prepared through repetition and training helps you make a conscious decision to pay attention to what you’re doing all the time.
Be engaged in the continuous training programs offered by your organization. Training does not end after you have reached a certain milestone within the organization. Continuous training, backed by repetition, greatly enhances competency and reduces risk.
When you commit to continually t raining with team members, you become better equipped to operate in an atmosphere of trust and accountability. Teams that continuously train together dramatically improve their overall ability to problem solve during stressful situations.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) EMS workers are some of the mostly likely to encounter hazards during their workday. Continuous training and repetition help improve situational awareness for all members of an organization.
A hand sanitizer or hand antiseptic can be found in nearly all healthcare facilities. Hand sanitizers are a supplement or alternative to hand washing with soap and water. Various preparations are available, including gel, foam, and liquid solutions. The active ingredient in hand sanitizers may be isopropanol, ethanol, n- propano or povidone-iodine.
According to the Mayo Clinic, alcohol-based sanitizers kill most bacteria and fungi, and stop some viruses. Alcohol rub sanitizers containing at least 70% alcohol kill 99 .9 % of the bacteria on hands 30 seconds after application and 99% in one minute.
Your attitude is a vital part of protecting yourself. The right attitude means taking Universal Precautions. This means that you treat all human blood and body fluids as infectious.
Personal protective equipment always starts with gloves but may also include gowns, face shields, eye protection and pocket masks.
Remember to be alert for hazardous materials signs when responding to any call. If a vehicle has a diamond-shaped placard or an orange-numbered panel on the side or rear, you should always assume the contents are hazardous.
Placards are used to warn you of hazardous materials. Placards are signs put on the outside of a vehicle to identify the “hazard class” of the cargo.
A placarded vehicle must have at least four identical placards. They are put on the front, rear and both sides of the vehicle. Placards must be readable from all four directions. Hazardous material placards are 10 3/4-inches square, in a diamond shape.
Hazardous material placards are not only displayed on vehicles. They can also be found on cargo tanks and other bulk packaging containers.