This week Wendy Couture, the district’s safety and risk reduction manager, provides information about National Poison Prevention Week.
National Poison Prevention Week March 19–25
Why should I worry about poisoning?
Daily people come into contact with chemicals, and other products both at home and at work. Many of these products can be poisonous. According to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), a poison is anything that can harm you if it is:
- used in the wrong way
- used by the wrong person
- used in the wrong amount
Most poisonings happen when it:
- is swallowed
- comes in contact with the skin
- gets splashed in the eyes
- is inhaled
According to the HRSA, poisoning is a leading public health problem that happens to people of any age, at any time and any place. Poisonings are more common than is recognized by most people.
Tips to Prevent Poisonings
- Buy products that are non-toxic.
- Keep cleaners, and other potentially poisonous items properly stored. Cleaners should not be stored in the classroom and should be kept in janitorial closets.
- Be careful when using cleaners, and other items which may be poisonous. Don’t leave them unattended. Poisonings can happen very quickly.
- Always keep products in the containers they came in.
- Understand how to read a safety data sheet that comes with every product and chemical. This is part of the Olympia School District’s Hazard Communication Plan.
Raise Awareness About the Poison Help Line
According to the HRSA, you can help spread the word about the important, life-saving Poison Help line (1-800- 222-1222), which connects you to your local poison center. Having this number available by your phone can help you in a poison emergency.
Interested in learning more? Check out this Poison Control resource website for more information.