March 17, 2014 | Barb Carr

National Poison Prevention Week, an HSE Concern: The Critical First Step in Preventing Poisonings


Poison Prevention may not seem like an immediate need for your facility or personal life, but it is actually far more pervasive and preventable than we realize. Poisoning can include anything from household cleaners, to carbon monoxide, to bee stings, to hazardous chemicals in your workplace. Learn more in the following press release from the Poison Prevention Week Council:

National Poison Prevention Week: A Time to Act

“It is National Poison Prevention Week (March 16-22, 2014), and the public is urged to use this time to check their homes for hidden poison dangers and to take important steps to eliminate hazards. Last year, more than three million calls were placed to poison centers nationwide, thousands of consumers went to emergency rooms and 30 died due to poison-related exposure. The good news, many of these poison-related incidents are preventable and the Poison Prevention Week Council is providing tips and tools to help identify and prevent accidental poisoning incidents.

“The first step in prevention is identifying poison danger. A poison is any substance that can harm someone if it is used in the wrong way, by the wrong person or in the wrong amount. Nine out of ten unintentional poisoning incidents occur in the home, and many incidents involve commonly used medicines and household chemicals. Simple steps such as keeping products in original containers, properly sealed after each use and stored up and away and child’s reach and sight can go a long way in preventing unintentional exposure. It is also important to know what to do in case of exposure.”

Click here to read the full press release.

Thursday, come back to the blog to learn how you can prevent poison in your home & facility.


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