Category Archives: Work Safe

E. coli and Preventative Protocols

July 2, 2019


Hand-washing sign

Protecting the health and safety of the fair-going public as well as that of your animal exhibitors and fair staff is a commitment and a responsibility CFSA takes seriously. The recent outbreak underscores the importance of establishing and enforcing precautions and safety protocols that can help prevent the spread of E. coli and other infectious diseases.

Get a tune-up of your fair’s hand-washing program: As a pool program participant, you’re encouraged to tap the knowledge of your fair’s CFSA Risk Control specialist to evaluate your fair’s written Illness and Injury Prevention Program (IIPP) for up-to-date health and safety protocols and actions. Your specialist can also help with the placement of hand-washing signs, staff and pre-fair animal exhibitor meetings, and more.

Hand-washing signs in English and Spanish provided by CDFA’s Fairs & Expositions (F&E) Branch are available from Melissa Thurber at mthurber@cfsa.org or you can print out your own signs from the F&E website:  https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/Fairs_&_Expositions/Information/Animal_Exhibit_Signage.asp

In addition, we encourage you to explore these resources:

From the Centers for Disease Control:
E. coli Questions and Answers – https://cdc.gov/ecoli/general/index.html

Health and safety themed videos for livestock exhibitors:
Play it Safe, Livestock Germ Safari and Handwashing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nY3_ain8MFo&t=277s

Bio-Security in 4-H for Visitors:
https://ucanr.edu/repository/fileaccess.cfm?article=167050&p=DTHISZ

You can also access the Bio-Security video from the CDFA website: https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/Fairs_%26_Expositions/Fair_Information/Exhibits_and_Livestock_Issues.asp  

If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca Desmond, 916/263-6161, rdesmond@cfsa.org; Tom Amberson, 916/263-6180, tamberson@cfsa.org; or Becky Bailey-Findley at 916/263-6160, baileyfindley@cfsa.org.

 

June is National Safety Month: Lift Smart

It’s probably no surprise that you can injure your back lifting light objects just as easily as you can lifting heavier ones. Avoiding injury comes down to using safe lifting techniques:

Proper lifting technique

 

  1. Before you lift something, make sure you can handle it safely. Ask someone to help you if necessary, or break the large load down into more easily manageable small loads. Use a hand truck or dolly. And make sure the pathway to wherever you are taking the item(s) is clear of tripping hazards or obstacles.
  2. Use proper body mechanics when lifting. Stand close to the object, with your feet about shoulder width apart. Squat down, bending at the hips and knees; keep your back straight. As you grip the load, arch your lower back by pulling your shoulders back, sticking your chest out, and tucking in your chin. Keep the load close to your body.
  3. When setting the load down in its new location, squat down, bending at the hips and knees and keep your lower back arched in. Deposit the load close to your body.
  4. Turn, don’t twist your body. To turn, initiate the turn with your lower body; your upper body will follow.
  5. Push, don’t pull. When using a hand truck or dolly, push it, don’t pull it. Pushing puts less strain on your back.
  6. Store heavy boxes and objects lower than your waist. This way you’ll never have to lift them higher than your waist as this puts a lot of undue stress on your back. In fact, it’s one of the surest ways to injure your back!

 

 

Maintenance Mania 2019 is Just Weeks Away! Register Today!

Maintenance Mania 2019:  Tuesday-Thursday, February 26-28, Alameda County Fairgrounds.

New this year:  Motivational Keynote Speaker Elizabeth McCormick, former U.S. Army Black Hawk pilot. Her topic:  You. In the Pilot’s Seat.

A much decorated pilot, McCormick was awarded the Army Commendation Medal (twice), the Army Achievement Medal (twice), the National Defense Service Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, and the coveted Army Aviator Badge. Her presentation will focus on propelling individuals forward as leaders in their workplace and in their personal lives. Attendees will also receive an autographed copy of her book, The Pilot Method.

Register online at:  www.maintenancemania4fairs.com. You’ll also find daily schedules, session topics  and discounted hotel room information on the website. Remember – Attendance is free!

Tuesday, February 26, is the optional equipment operator certification day. Space is limited – register early; first come, first served.

Maintenance Mania is a long-time educational industry event designed especially for fair staff members responsible for the maintenance and operations of their fairgrounds. During the three-day event, participants can get certified on fork lift and scissor lift operation, as well as learn new skills, workplace safety procedures, and tips and techniques from industry experts who understand first-hand the challenges maintenance crews face daily. Thanks to the generosity of 2019’s event sponsors, attendance is free. Western Fairs Association service members are also invited to attend at no charge.

Overheated? Tips on Keeping Your Cool and Preventing Heat-Related Illnesses

Overheated carUnless your fair is lucky enough to be near the coast, chances are it’s already very, very warm where you are. Add the fact that there is always work that needs to be done around your fairgrounds before, during and after fair, as well as in between summer interim events, and you have the ideal setting for heat-related illnesses.

Be Cool, Work Smart! To help reduce the risk of heat-related illnesses, everyone from office staff to maintenance crews to ticket takers in non-air conditioned ticket booths needs to be aware of the conditions that can bring about heat exhaustion and heat stroke. They also need to know what symptoms to look for, and what to do when they or someone nearby is experiencing these symptoms.
Did you know that a  relative humidity of 60% or more hampers sweat evaporation and challenges your body’s ability to adequately cool itself? Or that  temperatures don’t even have to be in the 100s to be potentially dangerous to your health?

People are at a greater risk of heat illness if they:

  • are dehydrated (dehydration is your worst enemy!)
  • aren’t acclimated to working in the heat
  • are obese, in poor health or are older
  • have previously experienced a heat-related illness
  • are on a low-salt diet
  • take medications or over-the-counter drugs
  • use alcohol

Prevention Takes Pre-Planning:
To help prevent overheating, health experts recommend wearing loose-fitting lightweight clothing and a large-brimmed hat, and staying hydrated. (Don’t forget the sunscreen!)

To stay hydrated, choose water or sports beverages over sodas and other drinks containing caffeine or lots of sugar. Avoid alcohol altogether as the more you drink, the more dehydrated you will become. If you anticipate working outdoors, start drinking water/sports drinks two to three hours beforehand (or even the day before if you are extremely susceptible). Continue to drink seven to 10 ounces of water every half hour during outdoor activity and follow up with an additional eight ounces of water within a half hour of finishing your activity. (If you are on a fluid-restricted diet or have a problem with fluid retention, please check with your doctor before increasing your fluid intake.)

Symptoms to Watch For:
Heat exhaustion –  Although not as serious as heat stroke, heat exhaustion still isn’t something to take lightly. It can develop into heat stroke, which can damage the brain and other vital organs.

Common symptoms of heat exhaustion include chills, unsteady walking, nausea or vomiting, confusion, dizziness, fainting, headache, muscle or abdominal cramps,  heavy sweating or no sweating, pale skin and a rapid heartbeat.  Get medical help if there is vomiting, if symptoms last longer than 15 minutes or if symptoms get worse over time.

If you or a colleague experiences any of these symptoms, move immediately to a cool, shady spot or even better, an air-conditioned area indoors. Drink cool water or sports drinks; remove any tight or unnecessary clothing; drench clothing worn in cool water; take a cool shower, bath or sponge bath; use fans or ice packs (under arms and on groin). After recovering from a bout of heat exhaustion you may be more sensitive to high temperatures so it’s a good idea to avoid working outdoors or participating  in heavy outdoor activity for about a week.

Signs of heat stroke include a body temperature of 103 F or higher; loss of consciousness; coma; hot, red, dry or damp skin; dizziness; a sudden headache; loss of coordination; blurry vision; confusion; vomiting; or seizures. Heat stroke is considered a medical emergency – call 911 and immediately m ove the worker to a shaded or air-conditioned area. While waiting for medics to arrive, help lower the person’s temperature with fanning, by soaking clothing with cool water and by applying cool compresses. Do not provide anything to drink.

Heat cramps are painful muscle spasms and muscle pain. Anyone experiencing heat cramps should  take an immediate break in the shade and drink cool water or a sports beverage. Resume work only after the cramps have gone away. Get medical help if cramps last longer than an hour, if the person is on a low-salt diet or if the person has heart problems.

Rule of thumb: If you or a co-worker experiences any of these symptoms  or if you simply begin feeling ill, stop working, tell someone and take a break in a shady, cool area.

Members of CFSA’s Workers’ Compensation Pool Program are encouraged to talk to their Risk Control specialists about on-site training or for help developing a written heat-illness prevention program.

Download a free heat safety tool to your phone from the OSHA website! The app, available for Android and iPhone cell phones, and in English and Spanish (set the phone language to Spanish) enables the user to calculate the heat index for their worksite and to determine the risk level to outdoor workers. Visit:  https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatillness/heat_index/heat_app.html

Questions? Please contact your fair’s Risk Control specialist or Tom Amberson, CFSA’s Risk Department manager, at 916/ 263-6180 or  tamberson@cfsa.org.