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Don’t Just Flush Your Old Medications!

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Is your medicine cabinet filled with old prescriptions? Most doctors ask that we completely finish our prescriptions, but many of us stop taking the pills as soon as we start feeling better. The thinking there is, “I’m better now, don’t need them” or “Next time I feel this way, I will already have the pills on hand and won’t have to buy more.”

Leaving aside the foolishness of not listening to your doctor, it is not a good idea to let pills age. Many pills lose their potency over time, so taking them months (or years) down the line will not provide you with much relief. Even worse, some can become toxic and should not be used at all after a certain amount of time has passed.

When disposing of any medications, it is important not to just put them in with your regular garbage. Pills and capsules melt when exposed to moisture (just as they do when you swallow them) and that will cause the medication to then seep into the ground. This will negatively impact animals that come into contact with it. Additionally, the runoff can then end up in lakes or streams, affecting fish and other forms of life.

This also applies to flushing unused pills down the toilet. There is a very good chance that the residue from these can end up in our drinking water. The water coming out of your taps is treated beforehand, but, alas, these processes do not address pharmaceutical drugs. These can also hurt animals and fish; with their smaller mass, they are more susceptible.

Fortunately, there is an easy solution. Bundle up all of your unused drugs and take them to your local pharmacy. They will see that they are disposed of in a safe manner that will not harm the environment, animals, or us.

Written by Brittany

November 29th, 2017 at 7:20 pm

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Ensuring Safety In Your Workplace Using Proper Training

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Accidents at the workplace can occur due to any reason. They may occur due to unsafe measures at the workplace or improper handling of machines and equipment. These days, an increasing number of employees are meeting with an accident at workplace. Injuries at workplace may result either due to improper handling of equipment or unsafe practices at the workplace.

Pay attention to your health at work. Avoid breathing toxic fumes from chemicals, solvents, and paints. Wear a protective mask when you work with chemicals and report any accidents. Those commercials you’ve seen on television are right: workplace safety is extremely important. Aside from using proper lifting technique, make sure that your work area is set up correctly. You’ll need to position your computer screen at eye level, sit in an ergonomic chair that supports your lower back, and use a footrest when necessary. And try to get up and move every 20 minutes or so – this will help keep your back, leg and hip muscles from getting too tight. And when you sit back down, take this opportunity to reset your posture to a proper, healthy position. Check out the Health and safety training that your workplace provides.

You can reduce risk in your workplace by adding other types posters that OSHA does not require everything from reminding people to use equipment properly, to cough into their elbow, or remembering to “THINK!” to prevent accidents. The reality is that posters get old and stale, and even if they don’t, no human being will see them or consider their message after walking by them six or seven times. This invisibility drives up risk and employees begin to forget any positive message that has been posted. So give you bulletin boards a fresh look continually by relying on Microsoft MS Publisher or MS Word free art and photos. The funnier images the better, as long as the message clear and to the point. Finally, you are going to get the creative part of you on paper and on the wall.

Provide educational information for small businesses in the community by contributing to your local chamber of commerce. Think workplace safety, workman’s comp, etc. For example, if there are people working in high places, make sure they have training for Working at heights class Ontario.

Written by Brittany

November 25th, 2015 at 4:02 pm

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