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Strong Reactions: Anaphylaxis in the Workplace

Camp Courant in Hartford, Connecticut, has served the children of the community for more than 120 years. Walter Darden was a 64-year-old maintenance worker who had been at the camp for 10 years. On June 19, 2015, Darden was working at the camp when he was stung by yellow jackets that had nested inside an air conditioner. When he became ill, coworkers called 911, but Darden died at the hospital. Darden had no history of allergy to insect venom—until the medical examiner determined that anaphylaxis caused by yellow jacket venom was what had killed him.

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How Mobile Web Apps Turn Smartphones into Safety Tools

By Dr. Isabel Perry

Welcome to 21st century safety, where mobile devices (smart phones and tablets) can be used for more than texting, finding directions on the GPS and catching Pokémon. Safety procedures, guidance documents, checklists, JSA’s, etc., can be available for employees anytime, anywhere, on any mobile device. In 2020, over 50 percent of the workforce will be Generation X and Generation Y; they have lived with mobile devices in their hands since childhood. Even more amazing, proud parent/grandparents have posted photos on Facebook of their Generation Z babies holding a smart phone in the crib.

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