The main part of my job is to train companies, workers, handlers, and the like on how to manage hazardous materials or hazardous chemicals safely. This can be done under the umbrella of the transport regulations of 49CFR, IATA, and IMDG, or under the OSHA HazCom standard. However, not everyone is going to take one of my courses. Sad, but true.
Granted all of those folks do their jobs well and use marks, labels, placards, and safety data sheets to convey information about their products to other users. But it begs the question, how is the general public made aware of the “other” dangers or poisons out there? Think about the laundry pod scare recently to make my point.
Back in 1962, the first-ever National Poison Prevention Week was announced. In 2019, the week will be from March 17-23. Supported directly by the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC), the goal is to promote safety tips and the emergency services provided by the Poison Control Centers in the US.
To emphasize just how important Poison Control Centers are, take a look at some numbers from 2016 taken directly from the AAPCC website at www.aapcc.org.
- There were 2,700,000 cases managed by the centers.
- Someone called the centers every 14 minutes.
- Over $1,800,000,000 saved in medicals costs.
For this year’s event, people are encouraged to use the hashtags #NPPW19, #PreventPoison, and #PoisonHelp. You can also contact your local center for educational materials. They have information for the safe use of medicine and how to dispose of it plus multiple tips for keeping everyone safe. The website also gives a text number that can be used in case there is an emergency. The number is 797979. For just the cost of 1 text, you are in contact with free and expert medical advice.
We, here at ICC, strive to keep everyone safe at their jobs by creating signs, charts, labels, and safety data sheets. Perhaps we can help you in some way as well. Give us a call today!