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Staying Safe While Working

If you operate a company that works with hazardous materials, then you must follow the standards that are set forth to safely transport those items. There are several companies that meet the criteria to ensure that their employees take the proper hazmat training. If you pack and sort hazardous materials, then you need to offer courses or require that your employees take the proper courses. Any company that loads or unloads materials is required to follow the proper safety requirements.

Any employer or employee who works directly with the hazardous materials must be trained. The employer will often determine the level of training that is required depending on the job that is performed. There is general training at a basic level for employees who might not come into contact with the materials but still need to know about the proper precautions. There is also specific-function training. Courses are taught regarding specific jobs that are performed in the business by each employee. If there are employees who work in the same department, then they can usually take courses at the same time.

Most safety training courses educate employees about how to properly load and unload boxes and vehicles. They also educated workers about handling materials before they are packed. If you own the business, then you need to have a plan in place in the event of an emergency. Your employees need to understand where they will go and what needs to be done if there is any kind of leak or if anything is spilled. Training is usually required every three years. Even if you work with a few hazardous materials, you still need to provide the proper training. There are no exceptions as to who avoids training if there is any risk that employees or employers will come in contact with anything that is hazardous. Consult with your state to find out what is considered hazardous material and what isn’t. Your business needs to provide the proper emergency stations for employees in the event of an accident. All employees should learn about the proper equipment to wear while on the job as well.

 

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Posted by - February 15, 2018 at 12:54 am

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Choosing A Lift

If you’re hauling a wheelchair in your vehicle, then you need a lift so that it’s easier to get the wheelchair from the ground to the inside. There are a few features that you want to look at when considering what type of lift you should get. A wheelchair lift for van Atlanta GA company can measure your vehicle to help determine the best lift to get and talk to you about the mobility of the passenger as this can play a role in the kind of device that is used.

The first thing that you should think about is whether you’re going to use the lift on the side of the van or at the back. You also need to think about the weight of the wheelchair. Some lifts are better for scooters while others are better for larger wheelchairs that you have to push around or that the person will push by moving the wheels. When you begin looking at lifts, you’ll see that there are single-arm designs and those that have a double arm. A single arm design is easier to use and doesn’t take up as much room. However, it’s not really a good option for larger chairs. A dual-arm design is one that supports larger chairs as well as larger people.

The dual-arm design does take up more room inside the vehicle, which is something that you need to think about if you have a smaller vehicle. Another feature that you want to look at is how the lift is mounted on the vehicle. Some are mounted under the vehicle, which would be the best option for larger vans. You can get a lift that is internally mounted as well. This is an option that isn’t quite as expensive, and it’s easier to transfer the lift from one vehicle to another. However, a lift that is mounted under the vehicle doesn’t usually get in the way while people are in the van. When you’re using a wheelchair lift, you need to look at the safety components and the operation instructions. Some lifts have a feature that allows the person to enable the system instead of someone else getting out of the van all the time.

 

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Posted by - February 15, 2018 at 12:44 am

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Causes of Thiamin Deficiency

ID-10020284Most common cause of deficiency of thiamin (vitamin B1) is poor dietary intake of thiamin. The cause of deficiency of thiamin is different in different countries. Depending on the local customs and traditions the cause of thiamin deficiency is different in different geographical areas (different in different regions of a country).

In most of the developed western countries the causes of deficiency of thiamin are alcoholism and chronic illness like cancer. Alcohol directly interferes with the absorption of thiamin and also with formation of thiamin pyrophosphate. Thiamin should always be replenished when re-feeding a patient with alcoholism. Carbohydrate repletion in a patient with alcoholism without adequate thiamine can precipitate acute thiamine deficiency (because the thiamin present will be utilized for metabolism of carbohydrate). Pregnant women with prolonged hyperemesis gravidarum (excess vomiting during pregnancy) and anorexia can also develop thiamin deficiency.  Patients with an overall poor nutritional status (parenteral glucose), and patients on chronic diuretic therapy due to increased urinary thiamine losses are at risk of developing of thiamin deficiency. Maternal thiamine deficiency can lead to infantile deficiency (infantile beriberi) in breastfed children. Thiamine deficiency should also be considered in the setting of motor vehicle accidents associated with head injury. Read more…

Posted by - September 30, 2013 at 11:44 am

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What are the Functions of Fats/Lipids?

Fats are foods that provide us with calories and they are always equated with calories due to their high calorie yielding capability per gram in compare to other major nutrients, i.e. carbohydrates and proteins. Fats are high energy foods and provide us as much as 9 kcal (kilocalorie) of energy per gram, which is much higher than proteins (4 kcal) and carbohydrates (4 kcal). Due to high calorie yielding capability our body uses fats as energy storehouse (stored as fats in adipose tissues), to be used during lean period. This is how our human body evolved during time of evolution to overcome short lean periods. ID-10051758

The functions of fats can be summarized as:

  • Fats supply high calorie and spare the proteins for being used as source of energy.
  • Fats act as a vehicle for fat soluble vitamins (vitamin A, D, E & K).
  • Fats in the body support important viscera like heart, kidney, intestine etc. and fats beneath the skin (subcutaneous fat) provide insulation against cold.
  • Essential fatty acids (EFA) are required for our body growth, for structural integrity of cell membrane and to reduce platelet adhesion (important in preventing heart attacks). Essential fatty acids also reduce cholesterol and low density lipoproteins (LDL). Read more…

Posted by - March 9, 2013 at 2:14 am

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Nausea & Vomiting: Treatment

For effective treatment of nausea and vomiting the first step is to establish the cause of nausea and vomiting and treatment is directed toward the cause if possible. If the cause can be identified than proper treatment can be instituted. If no cause of vomiting cab be identified than symptomatic treatment is given.

General principles of treatment of nausea and vomiting:

The general principle of treatment of nausea and vomiting should be aimed at correction of medically or surgically remediable abnormalities if possible. If there is severe dehydration due to severe vomiting, hospitalization should be considered, especially if oral fluid replenishment cannot be sustained. Once oral foods can be tolerated, foods are restarted with liquids that are low in fat, (because fats/lipids delay gastric emptying). Foods high in fibers (indigestible residues) also should be avoided as these also delay gastric emptying (prolong gastric retention).

Treatment of vomiting and nausea with anti-emetic medications:

The most important is to treat the cause of vomiting if it can be identified, e.g. if vomiting is due to traveling by vehicle (motion sickness) antihistamines such as meclizine and dimenhydrinate and anticholinergic drugs like scopolamine which act on labyrinthine-activated pathways and are useful.

If the cause of vomiting is any medication, toxic substance, and metabolic disturbance dopamine D2 antagonists are used. Examples of dopamine D2 antagonists are metoclopramide (Reglan), domperidone (Domstal) etc. But dopamine antagonists can freely cross the blood-brain barrier and cause side effects like anxiety, dystonic reactions, hyperprolactinemic effects, and irreversible tardive dyskinesia.

Postoperative vomiting, prevention of cancer chemotherapy induced vomiting and vomiting after radiation therapy is treated with Serotonin 5-HT3 antagonists such as ondansetron and granisetron.

Chronic idiopathic (cause can not be established) nausea and functional vomiting and also in diabetic patients with nausea and vomiting (with long standing diabetes) low-dose tricyclic antidepressant agents provide symptomatic relief.

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