Exercising in Cold Weather

Cold weather doesn’t have to slow you down. Exercise has benefits all year, even during winter. But before you brave the cold, take a few extra steps to stay safe. Exposure to cold can cause health problems such as hypothermia, a dangerous drop in body temperature.

Protect Your Child From Lead Hazards
Toys that have been made in other countries and then imported into the United States or antique toys and collectibles passed down through generations put children at risk for exposure to lead — a well-known health hazard. 
The Dangers of Indoor Tanning

Using a tanning bed, booth or sunlamp to get tan can cause skin cancers including melanoma (the deadliest type of skin cancer), basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma. Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation also can cause cataracts and cancers of the eye (ocular melanoma).

Make Your Holiday a Safe One

Here are tips to make your holidays happy and safe. 

Stay Safe and Healthy This Winter
Although winter comes as no surprise, many of us don’t plan ahead for its arrival. If you prepare for the hazards of winter, you will be more likely to stay safe and healthy when temperatures start to fall.
Frontline Supervisor: Violence in the Workplace

Q. An employee complained of being punched in the arm by a coworker. The “puncher” said it was “in jest,” and that no violent intent was meant. My own kids do this sort of thing. There is a bruise, but some people bruise easily. Is this a matter for BJC EAP? Or should I dismiss this?

Think Before You Ink: The Safety of Tattoos

As the popularity of tattoos continues to grow, so does the concern about potential risks. Some risks, such as the spread of infections through the use of unsterilized needles, have long been known. But what isn't clear is the safety of tattoo inks.

How to Dispose of Unused Medicines

Is your medicine cabinet full of expired drugs or medications you no longer use? How should you dispose of them?

Washing Food: Does It Really Work?

Historically, we equate washing to cleanliness. We wash clothes, linens, cars, dishes and ourselves. So, it is logical that many people believe meat and poultry can be made cleaner and safer by washing it. Is this true? Does washing meat, poultry, eggs, fruits and vegetables make them safer to eat?

What Parents Should Know About e-Cigarettes and Kids

As the use of e-cigarettes has risen dramatically in the United States in recent years, so have calls to poison centers about them. Yet many parents who use e-cigarettes – or “vape” – aren’t aware of the dangers to children, according to a new study at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.