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July 4th Safety Tips

July 4th is a time to celebrate our nation’s birthday. It’s also a time to be with family and friends to enjoy a cookout and watch the fireworks. However, this year is different. Even as states are relaxing their shutdown plans and reopening, the Coronavirus is still spreading in most states across the country.

Though it’s tempting to go outside and enjoy restaurants and shopping, it is still imperative to adhere to local safety requirements.

The CDC has provided guidance on how to stay safe while communities and businesses are opening. While it is tempting to resume some daily activities, it is also imperative that you implement safety precautions to help reduce to risk of infection and spread. While there is no way to remove the risk of infection, there are potential risk factors and prevention measures you can take to protect yourself and to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

As a reminder, if you have COVID-19, have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, or have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, it is important to stay home and away from other people. In all circumstances, be sure to follow CDC’s recommendations.

Coronavirus – Tips to Help Protect Yourself, Your Family and Your Workers

What to consider before you go

How many people will you interact with? Interacting with more people raises your risk. Being in a group with people who are not social distancing or wearing cloth face coverings increases your risk. Engaging with new people also raises your risk. Some people have the virus and do not have any symptoms, and it is not yet known how often people without symptoms can transmit the virus to others.

Can you keep 6 feet of space between you and others? Will you be outdoors or indoors? The closer you are to other people who may be infected, the greater your risk of getting sick. Keeping distance from other people is especially important for people who are at higher risk for severe illness, such as older adults and those with underlying medical conditions. Indoor spaces are riskier than outdoor spaces.

What is the length of time that you will be interacting with people? Spending more time with people who may be infected increases your risk of becoming infected. Spending more time with people increases their risk of becoming infected if there is any chance that you may already be infected.

Determining Your Level of Risk

Asking these questions can help determine your level of risk:

  1. Is COVID-19 spreading in my community?
  2. What are the local orders in my community?
  3. Will my activity put me in close contact with others?
  4. Am I at risk for severe illness?
  5. Do I live with someone who is at risk for severe illness?
  6. Do I practice everyday preventive actions?
  7. Will I have to share any items, equipment, or tools with other people?
  8. Will I need to take public transportation to get to the activity?
  9. Does my activity require travel to another community?
  10. If I get sick with COVID-19, will I have to miss work or school?
  11. Do I know what to do if I get sick?

Safety Service Options to Protect You

As MA enters Phase 2 of the reopening plan, and with COVID-19 still a concern for many people, safety measures and CDC guidelines need to be followed in order to reduce the risk of infection and spread.

COVID-19 CONSULTING BUNDLE – Written directive/policy on requirements which can be either a corporate policy or a site-specific policy.

COVID-19 TRAINING (INFECTION CONTROL WEBINAR) – We offer Open Enrollment Classes and Private Company Sponsored Classes made available at your convenience.

If you have concerns about your workforce and coronavirus, please contact us today to learn about steps you can take to protect yourself, your family, and your employees.

We hosted a webinar: What Employers Need To Know About Covid-19 Testing & Accelerating The Return To Work. Which provided tips on keeping the workplace safe for employees and customers. Watch it free here.

 

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Keeping Employees Safe for Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day is a time to honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials to honor our brave fallen heroes. 

As a thank you to our veterans and to encourage employers to keep their employees safe over the holiday, we’re offering  20% discount on our online training courses.

It is also considered the unofficial start to the summer and has become a long weekend increasingly devoted to shopping, family gatherings, fireworks and national media events.

However, this year may be a little different. With COVID-19 gripping the nation with fear and anxiety, many traditional summer events have either been cancelled or will reopen to new state mandated reopening guidelines.

More people may be staying closer to home, but fun can still be had. As we head into the Memorial Day weekend, the American Safety Counsel provides some helpful tips to stay safe:

Grilling & Fire Safety

Grills and smokers, while creating delicious cookout fare, have a great potential for danger.

  1. Never leave a grill unattended
  2. Keep children and animals away from hot surfaces
  3. Make sure your grill ready for the job. Keep it clean of grease, inspect propane fuel lines
  4. Keep an extinguisher nearby in case of flair-ups and make sure to know how to cut off fuel lines if you are using propane

Picnic Food Safety

Picnics in the backyard or nearby park can be a fun activity for the family. Be sure to avoid any unnecessary digestion issues while preparing food by following these steps.

  1. Take all safe food preparation precautions and avoid cross-contamination
  2. Be sure to wash your hands often
  3. Keep foods at safe temperatures
  4. Keep all outdoor buffet dishes covered

Summer Sun Safety

Use sunscreen of an appropriate SPF and reapply often, especially if you are swimming or sweating. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Wear a hat and sunglasses.

Memorial Day Travel Safety

As many states begin to reopen, parks and beaches may be available in your area. Keep in mind, Memorial Day is a major travel day, so it is especially important to include driving safety into your weekend travel plans.

  1. Make sure your car is in top working condition; check your tire pressure and fill your tank before heading out on your trip, and make sure you are equipped with emergency essentials.
  2. Plan your drive ahead of time 
  3. Keep an eye on weather forecasts
  4. Never drive after drinking, travel with anyone who has been drinking, or allow anyone who has been drinking to drive.
  5. Always wear your safety belt!
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Black Friday Shopping Safety Tips!

The night of Thanksgiving, also known as Black Friday is a popular time to shop. It’s an exciting time for deals but it’s also a great opportunity for scammers and thieves.  So, whether you’ll be spending your hard-earned cash in Boston, Providence, Hartford, New York City or elsewhere, there are a few safety tips that you should keep in mind:

It’s a busy time of year and distractions can put us at greater risk of problems. Fortunately, taking a few proactive steps can go a long way to keep you and your family safe” – Valerie Wakefield, President/CEO

Shopping Safety Tips

Where ever you go shopping, there are a few safety tips that you should keep in mind:

• Don’t be carrying large amounts of cash and flashing it around.
• Shopping in numbers, this will help deter any thieves from mugging you while you’re carrying your purchases out of the store.
• Ladies, don’t leave your purse in your shopping car, and, if you wear in on your shoulder, don’t leave it open.
• Make sure your cell phone is fully charged before leaving and keep in close by at all times.
• Beware of strangers approach you for any reason. At this time of year, con artist may try various methods of distracting you with the intention of taking your money or belongings.
• Do not carry multiple packages at once. Use will call and curbside package pickup service instead.
• Lastly, make sure your family/friends know exactly what your plans are, write down the stores and keep in touch throughout that day.

Safely Transporting Purchases

While carrying your purchases to the car, you may want to remember these tips:

• Park in well-lit areas, and report and suspicious activity to law enforcement immediately.
• Reduce distractions, such as using cell phones, while walking to your car, especially at night.
• Try not to carry a large number of packages with you. Keep a hand open and prepare to enter your vehicle.
• Do not load packages in the trunk right before leaving your vehicle. Somebody could be watching.
• Never leave personal items or packages in plain sight in your vehicle. This includes money (even loose change), credit cards, cell phones, laptops, tablets, purses, and GPS units.
• Store valuables in the trunk of your vehicle

For more information on our occupational health and safety consulting or training services please visit us at www.UnitedAllianceServices.com or you can e-mail us at safetysolutions@UnitedAllianceServices.com or give us a call at 877-399-1698.

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New Year’s Eve Safety Tips

New Year’s celebrations are exciting & fun, but it is important to stay safe. These actions can help save your life or someone else’s!

Drive Safe

Responsibility – It is estimated that 10,000 lives are claimed each year from drunk driving crashes.

  • If you will be drinking, plan on not driving. Plan an UBER/LYFT or find a designated driver ahead of time. Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.
  • If someone you know has been drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel. Take their keys and arrange a sober ride home.
  • Contact local law enforcement if you should see an impaired driver on the road

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See Something, Say Something

Report anything suspicious by dialing 9-1-1 or contact the local police department.

  • Suspicious activity such as questioning security measures of buildings or operations beyond curiosity
  • Unusual items or situations, unattended bags, or vehicles parked in odd locations

Firework Safety

Fireworks are illegal in MA without a license. Leave the fireworks to the professionals. This includes sparklers!

Click here to find local firework displays where you can enjoy these safely!

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UASC @ The MMA Annual Meeting & Trade Show

To conclude our series of blogs, we are excited to announce our attendance to The MMA Annual Meeting & Trade Show 1/18/19 – 1/19/19!

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Updated MGL with OSHA compliance

In correspondence to the updated MGL Chapter 149, section 6 1/2 we are here to answer any questions.

On March 9, 2018, Massachusetts rolled out an updated MGL Chapter 149, section 6 1/2 to include reference to OSHA regulations, updating the law written before OSHA’s inception. It has left public sector employers scrambling to figure out exactly how they are affected and how to quickly get into compliance within the short time frame provided. The updated law helps clarify the responsibilities of public sector employers, which is enforced by the Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards (DLS), while giving everyone less than a year to become in compliance.

The MMA Annual Meeting & Trade Show

This the largest regular gathering of Massachusetts local government officials. This show features educational workshops, nationally recognized speakers, awards programs, a large trade show, and an opportunity to network with municipal officials from across the state.

Shortly after this, the new Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards’ safety training mandates on the public sector will be enforceable and United Alliance Services Corporation is ready to connect with you. We have already secured our booth at the tradeshow to answer questions you may have about the new mandate and how your department will be affected. Our consultants have decades of experience with OSHA safety standards and can easily apply them to various departments to ensure the best training is delivered.

Our safety consultants and training department have weeded through the requirements and have pulled together a blog series to shed some light on the changes, help you determine the training you need, and bring your department into compliance.

We have created custom packages for municipalities and schools that are budget-friendly, easy to deliver, and satisfies the requirements:

OSHA Safety Training for MA Schools

OSHA Safety Training for Municipalities

Please stop by our booth #712 to learn more!

 

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Updated MGL with OSHA compliance

The law has been updated to contain phrases of OSHA compliance since it was written prior to OSHA inception. OSHA will continue to oversee federal and private entities.

The Mass DLS will oversee the Massachusetts Public Sector while following the general duty clause and practices outlined by OSHA. Neither supersede each other.

Mass Department of Labor Standards

DLS administers health and safety inspections of public sector workplaces. The update clarifies the obligations of public sector employers.

Hefty fines are issued if corrective orders for infractions are not addressed within a specific time frame.

All DLS inspections are scheduled except for higher-risk sites labeled as “imminent” inspection sites where active trenches, aerial lifts operations, and roofing are active.

Defining Public Sector

The public sector workplace is anyone overseen by the Commonwealth: courts, municipalities, state agencies, counties, towns, commissions, and educators from public & private schools and colleges.

The requirements are to ensure workers are able to perform jobs safely and in compliance with OSHA regulations.

A checklist has been issued by the commonwealth to provide guidance.

Injury Reporting

If you have a public sector workplace injury that causes a death, amputation, loss of an eye, loss of consciousness, or inpatient hospitalization, call 508-616-0461 within 24 hours to report the injury.

Keep an updated OSHA 300 log.

Call us at 877-399-1698 if you need training on record keeping or check out our public training schedule or online courses.

Be sure to keep an eye on our upcoming blog that dives a bit deeper into injury reporting.

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Small Business Saturday Discounts

Support your local small business by shopping small this Saturday, November 24th. After you’ve filled your belly with Thanksgiving turkey on Thursday, skip the Black Friday and Cyber Monday madness, and do your holiday shopping Saturday locally and support small businesses in your community.

Why is Shopping Small Important?

  • Small businesses improve local economies by creating jobs.
  • Shopping locally means less of a carbon footprint. Both you and your purchases have traveled less distance to make it home.
  • It saves you time! Forget about giant box stores where you have to navigate through an acre of aisles and long lines, dodging other shoppers’ carts and children amped up on sugary bribes.
  • When small, local businesses thrive, that means more taxes collected in your community that can go to things like schools, parks and community programs.
  • Small entrepreneurs dream big! Be a part of someone’s dream come true.
  • You get great deals!

Support our Small Business

In support of Small Business Saturday United Alliance Services and OccuMed of New England is offering a 10% discount for all open enrollment classes booked on Saturday, November 24th. To register, visit our open enrollment calendar. We’ll also discount any requests for proposals for private training classes received that day. To make a request, chat us on our website, email healthsolutions@occumedne.com or leave us a message by calling 833-OCCUMED.

Small Businesses Near Me

Shopping small is one of the easiest ways you can simplify your life and support your local community this holiday season. Check out the American Express Small Business Saturday Map for a list of small businesses in your area. Happy shopping and happy Thanksgiving!

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Black Friday Safety Tips!

The night of Thanksgiving, also known as Black Friday is a popular time to shop. It’s an exciting time for deals but it’s also a great opportunity for scammers and thieves.  So, whether you’ll be spending your hard earned cash in Boston, Providence, Hartford, New York City or elsewhere, there are a few safety tips that you should keep in mind:

It’s a busy time of year and distractions can put us at greater risk of problems. Fortunately, taking a few proactive steps can go a long way to keep you and your family safe” – Valerie Wakefield, President/CEO\

Shopping Safety Tips

Where ever you go shopping, there are a few safety tips that you should keep in mind:

• Don’t be carrying large amounts of cash and flashing it around.
• Shopping in numbers, this will help deter any thieves from mugging you while you’re carrying your purchases out of the store.
• Ladies, don’t leave your purse in your shopping car, and, if you wear in on your shoulder, don’t leave it open.
• Make sure your cell phone is fully charged before leaving and keep in close by at all times.
• Beware of strangers approach you for any reason. At this time of year, con artist may try various methods of distracting you with the intention of taking your money or belongings.
• Do not carry multiple packages at once. Use will call and curbside package pickup service instead.
• Lastly, make sure your family/friends know exactly what your plans are, write down the stores and keep in touch throughout that day.

Safely Transporting Purchases

While carrying your purchases to the car, you may want to remember these tips:

• Park in well-lit areas, and report and suspicious activity to law enforcement immediately.
• Reduce distractions, such as using cell phones, while walking to your car, especially at night.
• Try not to carry a large number of packages with you. Keep a hand open and prepare to enter your vehicle.
• Do not load packages in the trunk right before leaving your vehicle. Somebody could be watching.
• Never leave personal items or packages in plain sight in your vehicle. This includes money (even loose change), credit cards, cell phones, laptops, tablets, purses, and GPS units.
• Store valuables in the trunk of your vehicle

For more information on our occupational health and safety consulting or training services please visit us at www.UnitedAllianceServices.com or you can e-mail us at safetysolutions@UnitedAllianceServices.com or give us a call at 877-399-1698.