March 2020
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2-Year Certification
March 10
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 
Location: KTN Training Center 
March 21
Time: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. 
Location: KTN Training Center 
March 24
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 
Location: KTN Training Center 
March 26
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. 
Location: TSS Keokuk 
April 11
Time: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. 
Location: KTN Training Center 
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 From the CEO

Disaster Strikes! Are you prepared?

Last week, a landslide swept into one of the grocery stores in Ketchikan , home of our corporate headquarters. It severely damaged the entire building, which housed the market and a liquor store, both of which are locally owned. Fortunately, there were no injuries as it happened in the middle of the night. The impact was extensive, however, and the building has now been condemned. The owners are uncertain about the future and whether their insurance will cover repairs. Even more heartbreaking is the number of people who are now without work.

As a safety company, we spend a lot of time talking about evacuation plans, safety policies, procedures and equipment. We can train and prepare our staff to act in an emergency. But as the owner or the manager, you have to go a step further. Review your insurance plan. Set up a visit with your provider and talk about more than just the building. What happens if you die or become incapacitated? Who will run the day-to-day operations? Is your organizational chart up to date and the staff trained to step into new roles? What can your employees expect if there is a catastrophic event? What disaster assistance is available in your state, county or city?

Our motto at TSS is that knowledge is power. Educate yourself so that you can plan ahead. The Small Business Administration  and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation are great starting points, providing resources that will help you keep your business on track even during the most difficult times.

Ketchikan is a giving community. The people on the island will rally and support the two affected business owners and their employees. Fundraisers and bank accounts are already set up and being monitored. The owners will work on their next steps and make short- and long-term decisions in the coming weeks. We are thankful that no injuries or loss of life occurred. Yet, this tragic event serves as a good reminder to all of us. KNOW your resources. Do the homework to be prepared for worst-case scenarios.

Best regards, 

Renee Schofield
Can Face Masks Protect You?

Recently, TSS offices have received a number of calls from people asking about getting fitted for the N95 surgical mask due to their concerns over the coronavirus.

According to experts, however, the public should not view these masks as the best solution for preventing infection. They advise that wearing a mask is really for people already showing symptoms of coronavirus, their caregivers and healthcare professionals, not for healthy people who want to avoid getting sick. Plus, if not properly fitted or used, these masks can actually put you at greater risk for catching the virus. 

Poison Prevention Week, March 15-21

Poison Prevention Week, held during the third week of March, reminds us that some of the deadliest and most dangerous items in our homes are hiding in plain sight.
Each year, an estimated 3 million people, many under the age of 5, are exposed to poisonous substances. 

Poisoning is the third leading cause of unintentional injury or death among children ages 1 to 19 and poison control centers get about 3,500 calls a day about children getting into something that is potentially poisonous.

Just take a peek under your kitchen sink or in your laundry room. And don't forget to have a look inside your medicine cabinet. Household cleaning agents, prescription medications, pesticides, and other items can pose serious hazards to the health and wellbeing of our families and even our pets. And, there are a whole host of items that we may overlook but can also be dangerous, such as art supplies, plants, and food.

Better to be safe than sorry, as the old saying goes. Here are some thing you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones during Poison Prevention Week (or any time, really.)

SAFETY CORNER: Prevent Workplace Eye Injuries

Whether your employees work in front of a computer in an office, weld in a shop, or spend their days at a construction site, the health and wellness of their eyes may not be at the top of your list of safety concerns. Yet, an eye injury can be devastating to a worker who suffers permanent damage or blindness...and it may be costly for your business.

On-the-job eye injuries range from simple eye strain to severe trauma, often caused by flying objects, tools, particles in the air, chemicals or harmful radiation.  Fortunately, 90 percent of these can be avoided by taking proper precautions.

With March being Workplace Eye Wellness Month, it's an opportune time to share our recommended tips for ensuring on-the-job eye safety.

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