Health
Thursday, February 17, 2005
28th annual Delmarva Safety Seminar and Exposition scheduled for March 8-9
Workplace deaths ad injuries continue to incur a high toll for industries and businesses. This is measured not only in dollars and lost time but pain, suffering and other intangible losses. Last year there wee nearly 5,000 fatalities. The good news is that injuries and illnesses in the workplace are down by more than seven percent in one year. The cost of workplace injuries exceeded $146 billion and total lost time amounted to more than 125 million lost days. The 28th annual Delmarva Safety Seminar and Exposition is designed to address timely safety and occupational health issues in the workplace. This informative seminar will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, March 8 and 9 at the Clarion in Ocean City. The event is sponsored by the Delmarva Safety Association in cooperation with the Universities of Delaware and Maryland, Cooperative Extension Service, and area businesses. Due to the increasing interest in quality safety and health educational programs, this year’s event will again include an expanded full-day intensive training workshops on March 8. The workshops will cover the following topics: First aid essentials and CPR certifications, workers compensation, drugs in the workplace, confined space entry, understanding and supervising Hispanic workers, personal protective equipment and traffic safety. The sessions are designed for managers, supervisors and safety professionals. The safety equipment exposition will open Tuesday from 4-6 p.m. The format on March 9 includes six workshops, several demonstrations and the exposition. The workshops include the following topics: Reducing injuries in the Hispanic work-force, wellness in the workplace, electrical safety, managing safety, ergonomics, controlling hazardous energy, construction zone safety and mold in he workplace. The safety exposition promises more than 50 exhibitors this year. In addition to exhibits by safety equipment companies, there will be OSHA and MOSHA consultation booths, health monitoring and other special interest exhibits. An anniversary gift will be offered by DSA sponsors to the first 400 registrants and vacation packages will be given to registrants at the conclusion of the program. For information on cost and other conference details or to register visit the DSA website at www.delmarvasafety.org or contact Ron Jester, extension safety specialist at the University of Delaware at 856-7303 or email rcjester@udel.edu.
Cholesterol screening
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will be offering cholesterol screenings on Feb. 19 and 23, from 7:30-10:30 a.m., at the Nanticoke Stein Highway building, located in the former PK complex, next to County Bank. Participants will have the opportunity to select from two types of blood tests. One option is a Total Cholesterol test, which is a non-fasting blood test that will read the total cholesterol level. The cost is $5. The second option is a Lipid Profile test, which requires a 12-hour fasting and reads the HDL and LDL blood levels. Cost for the Lipid Profile is $15. No appointment necessary. In addition to the cholesterol screening free blood pressure checks will be offered. Results from the cholesterol screening will be mailed approximately two weeks after the test is performed. For additional information, call 629-6611, ext. 2404.