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UV Safety Month

Posted on: July 7, 2015,  Posted in: UV Safety Month

Summer is here and it’s the time to enjoy the outdoors to the fullest.

July is UV Safety Month and the  Federal Occupational Health Agency reminds us of the importance of protecting our skin from harmful ultraviolet rays. The skin is the body’s largest organ. It protects against heat, sunlight, injury, and infection. Yet, some of us don’t consider the necessity of protecting our skin.


Protect your Skin


It’s just smart to take good care of your skin

The need to protect your skin from the sun has become very clear over the years, supported by several studies linking overexposure to the sun with skin cancer. The harmful ultraviolet rays from both the sun and indoor tanning “sunlamps” can cause many other complications besides skin cancer – such as eye problems, a weakened immune system, age spots, wrinkles, and leathery skin.


How to protect your skin

There are simple, everyday steps you can take to safeguard your skin from the harmful effects of UV radiation from the sun.

– Avoid the burn Sunburns significantly increase one’s lifetime risk of developing skin cancer. It is especially important that children be kept from sunburns as well.

-Go for the shade Stay out of the sun, if possible, between the peak burning hours, which, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), are between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. You can head for the shade, or make your own shade with protective clothing – including a broad-brimmed hat, for example.

-Use extra caution when near reflective surfaces, like water, snow, and sand Water, snow, sand, even the windows of a building can reflect the damaging rays of the sun. That can increase your chance of sunburn, even if you’re in what you consider a shady spot.

-Use extra caution when at higher altitudes You can experience more UV exposure at higher altitudes, because there is less atmosphere to absorb UV radiation.

-Apply broad-spectrum sunscreen Generously apply broad-spectrum sunscreen to cover all exposed skin. The “broad spectrum” variety protects against overexposure to ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. The FDA recommends using sunscreens that are not only broad spectrum, but that also have a sun protection factor (SPF) value of at least 15 for protection against sun-induced skin problems.

-Re-apply broad-spectrum sunscreen throughout the day Even if a sunscreen is labeled as “water-resistant,” it must be reapplied throughout the day, especially after sweating or swimming. To be safe, apply sunscreen at a rate of one ounce every two hours. Depending on how much of the body needs coverage, a full-day (six-hour) outing could require one whole tube of sunscreen.


July is UV Safety Month


When to protect your skin

UV rays are their strongest from 10 am to 4 pm Seek shade during those times to ensure the least amount of harmful UV radiation exposure. When applying sunscreen be sure to reapply to all exposed skin at least 20 minutes before going outside. Reapply sunscreen every two hours, even on cloudy days, and after swimming or sweating.


Protecting your eyes

UV rays can also penetrate the structures of your eyes and cause cell damage. According to the CDC, some of the more common sun-related vision problems include cataracts, macular degeneration, and pterygium (non-cancerous growth of the conjunctiva that can obstruct vision).

-Wear a wide-brimmed hat To protect your vision, wear a wide-brimmed hat that keeps your face and eyes shaded from the sun at most angles.

-Wear wrap-around style sunglass with 99 or higher UV block Effective sunglasses should block glare, block 99 to 100% of UV rays, and have a wraparound shape to protect eyes from most angles.

-Using the UV index

When planning your outdoor activities, you can decide how much sun protection you need by checking the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) UV index. This index measures the daily intensity of UV rays from the sun on a scale of 1 to 11. A low UV index requires minimal protection, whereas a high UV index requires maximum protection.


 Find out if you’re safety savvy

Visit Summer Safety page on the FOH website to learn more. And, take our interactive quiz to find out how much you know about protecting your eyes.


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Clever Tips To Help With Packing

Posted on: June 24, 2015,  Posted in: Clever Tips To Help With Packing

Tips for Packing Toiletries  & Hair tools


Store makeup brushes in eyeglass case. (Eyeglass cases are also great for storing cable, chargers, manicure tools and well, eyeglasses.)

Store makeup brushes in an eyeglass case.

Store makeup brushes in an eyeglass case.



Store bobby pins in a Tic Tac container to keep from losing them.Store bobby pins in Tic Tac case

Tic Tac cases are great for keeping small items together.



Place your flat iron in a pot holder so you can pack it even while it’s still warm.Store flat iron in potholder while traveling.

Potholders are a great way to store hot hair tools.



Protect razors with a binder clip.

Protect the sharp end of a razor with a binder clip.

Protect the sharp end of a razor with a binder clip.



Place plastic wrap over open bottles then secure the top over the plastic wrap to prevent them from leaking.

Preventbottle leaks with plastic wrap.

Prevent bottle leaks with plastic wrap.




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National Safety Month

Posted on: June 23, 2015,  Posted in: National Safety Month

The National Safety Council has designated the month of June as National Safety Month. The mission of NSC is to promote safety at work, at home and on the road.  Below are safety tips for travel nurses provided by The National Safety Council.


National Safety Council

Safety Check: Slips, Trips and Falls

No matter the workplace environment, tripping hazards are everywhere. Use these tips to help you maintain a clutter-free and safe workplace.  Secure electrical and phone cords away from traffic areas, such as hallways.  Use non-skid rugs and be sure to tape them down to prevent rolling.  Keep drawers and cabinets closed at all times. Be sure to wear the proper footwear for the job, paying special attention to outdoor conditions. Clean up any spills immediately and include warning signage. Refrain from walking distracted – stay focused on your surroundings. Ensure there is adequate lighting in workspaces . Don’t carry too much – you need your arms to maintain balance and stability

Fast Stat: Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries, including concussions. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Safety Check: Ergonomics

Lift safely!  Improper lifting technique can lead to strains, dislocations and even muscle tears, with most injuries occurring in the back. Whether you’re organizing your inventory or decorating your home, make sure you’re practicing these safe-lifting guidelines. Stretch beforehand so your body gets warmed up. Keep your back straight and bend your knees – remember to never twist or bend your back. Make sure you’re on solid ground with your feet shoulder-width apart. Keep the box or object close to your body. Lift with your legs, not your back.  Limit the amount of weight you carry – it’s better to separate boxes or make two trips than to carry too much at once. Ask for help to carry heavy, bulky or large loads. Keep pathways clear of tripping hazards

Fast Stat: About 80% of the American population will experience a back problem at some point. These injuries are not only  preventable, they’re also costly – Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on back pain. (American Chiropractic Association)


Safety Check: Get There Safe and Sound

Car crashes remain a leading cause of unintentional death in the U.S., with nearly 100 people killed on our roadways every day. Fortunately, these crashes can be prevented if we all take steps to ensure one another’s safety. On the road, off the phone Cell phone use – texting or talking on a handheld or hands-free device – is involved in an estimated 26 percent of all crashes each year. Hands-free is not risk-free, either. Even if your hands are on the wheel and your eyes are on the road, your brain is distracted by the cell phone conversation. Before you set out, make sure:  Your cell phone is turned off and put in a purse, trunk or glove compartment, to designate a passenger to answer the phone for you if you’re expecting a call,  and  to schedule breaks to check voicemail, texts and emails.

Get plenty of sleep An estimated 1,550 people are killed each year in crashes involving drowsy drivers. You should never get behind the wheel if you are tired or have been taking certain medications. To make sure you don’t get tired during the drive: Take a pre-drive nap, and pull over for a “power nap” if you get tired. Drive with a partner, and switch drivers every two hours. Schedule frequent breaks to get out and stretch your legs.

Fast Stat: More than 35,000 people are killed each year in traffic crashes, with alcohol, speeding and distraction being leading crash factors. (Injury Facts ®)

Tip: Drive the way you want your fellow motorists to drive. Turn off your cell phone, get plenty of sleep, never drive after drinking and spend time teaching your teen how to drive.

Visit The National Safety Council for more safety tips.


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Mobile App To Check Per Diem Rates

Posted on: May 28, 2015,  Posted in: Mobile App To Check Per Diem Rates

The U.S. GSA (General Services Administration) establishes the per diem rates for the lower 48 Continental United States  and has created an app to allow travelers to look up Federal government per diem rates by city/state and ZIP code in locations throughout the United States and its territories. Per diem is the daily allowance for lodging (excluding taxes), meals and incidental expenses.

These rates are established by the General Services Administration for destinations in the lower 48 contiguous United States, and by the U.S. Department of Defense for locations in Alaska, Hawaii and the U.S. territories. The U.S. Department of State sets rates for foreign travel locations.








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Snap A Photo of Your Luggage

Posted on: April 7, 2015,  Posted in: Snap A Photo of Your Luggage

If you  have to check a bag, take a digital photo of it (which will help you describe the bag if it gets lost) and a close-up of the airline’s baggage tag (so you have a record of the airline’s routing info). If nothing else, snapping the photo will remind you to verify that your bag is labeled with the correct destination airport code.

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Photograph your luggage and its contents prior to checking your bags.

It’s also a good idea to photograph the contents of your luggage. If anything turns up damaged or missing, you’ll have something concrete to show the attendant at the claim counter or an image to help jog your memory as you fill out those airline claim forms  or police report (depending upon the circumstances).


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