January 01, 1900

On the Web: flu blog, guide to first-aid programs

"Get Ready for Flu" blog

To help address some of the many questions about a possible flu pandemic, the American Public Health Association has launched the "Get Ready for Flu" blog, www.getreadyforflu.blogspot.com. The blog is a discussion forum where the public can learn about pandemic flu, how to prepare for it and share their comments.

In future posts, the blog will feature discussions on preparing homes, businesses and communities, then lead into discussions on how to understand and apply recommendations from government sources. Additional topics will include egg and chicken safety, cats and avian flu and the availability of vaccines. The blogs will be updated regularly as new information is available.

Guide to first-aid programs

OSHA has issued a guide to help employers and employees develop a first aid program for a particular workplace: Best Practices Guide: Fundamentals of a Workplace First-Aid Program. It identifies four essential elements for first-aid programs to be effective and successful: management leadership and employee involvement, worksite analysis, hazard prevention and control, and safety and health training.

The guide also includes best practices for planning and conducting safe and effective first-aid training.

The guide can be accessed at www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3317first-aid.pdf. For additional information, see OSHA's safety and health topics page on medical and first aid at www.osha.gov/SLTC/medicalfirstaid/index.html.

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