Health and Safety

Summer Is the Season to Observe Fireworks Safety

Officially, June and July are “Fireworks Safety Months.”  Shouldn’t we also tack on the last weekend of May?  After all, the Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer…and warm nights capped off with a finale of fireworks. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 7,000 people each year are …

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CRITICAL RECALL: Pool Drain Covers

We have previously posted a video in which managing partner David Henson described the new law regarding pool drain covers, designed to prevent injury or entrapment of swimmers. (To see our video, click here:  Swimming Pools Need Safety Drains) Now, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a recall of approximately 1 million in-ground …

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FDA Warns of Fraudulent "Dietary Supplements"

It’s easy enough to become injured by approved dietary supplements, over-the-counter or prescription medications, but the risk increases exponentially if the product in question is fraudulent. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns that there are many products marketed as “dietary supplements” that are potentially dangerous. The FDA has discovered nearly 300 fraudulent products—promoted mainly …

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Tips to Prevent an Accidental Medication Overdose

Got a headache…stomachache…cough…allergies?  Chances are you have some common drugs in your medicine cabinet. We read the labels, take a pill or a teaspoon of liquid, and move on with our lives. Most of us don’t think twice about the risks of over-the-counter medications. Unfortunately, accidental overdose–in adults and small children–is more common than most people …

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North American Occupational Safety and Health Week

May 1-7, 2011, is North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. NAOSH Week is intended to raise awareness about occupational safety, health and the environment. This is just one tool the 100-year-old American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and its 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members use throughout the year to promote …

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News About Old Drugs

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has been busy! Earlier this month, we wrote about the FDA’s new search engine to find information about drug and food product recalls (http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/). Now, they are also giving us information about two other medication-related topics: expiration dates and drug disposal. Medication Expiration Dates The other day, I …

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