The Responsible Care Global Charter Drives Globally Responsible Pest Product Production

The Responsible Care Global Charter Drives Globally Responsible Pest Product Production

A lot of what we do at FMC Professional Solutions involves a great deal of chemistry. We’re continuously researching new and innovative ways to create products that meet the growing needs for the pest control industry. Beyond that, we strive to implement safe production of chemicals as well as promote responsible product stewardship and sustainable development to the pest management community. Among other international companies, former FMC Corporation President and CEO William Walter put his signature on the Declaration of Support to the Responsible Care® Global Charter, one of the driving forces behind the globally responsible and safe production and distribution of our pest control products.Launched publically in 2006 at the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM-1) by the International Council of Chemical Associations, the Responsible Care Global Charter focuses on improving performance, communication and accountability to the companies involved. Responsible Care is a major contribution to the industry in achieving sustainable development by committing companies to work together to continuously improve the health, safety and environmental performance of their products and processes. The Responsible Care Global Charter contains nine key elements and employs a system of checklists, performance indicators and verification procedures to guide the companies involved towards their global commitment. This initiative has driven a transformation in the way that companies operate: from being secretive and defensive about their activities, to being more open, honest and actively seeking dialogue and partnerships with stakeholders. Through Responsible Care, the industry can operate more safely, profitably and with care for future...
Pest Professionals: be sure you’re getting the right amount of Vitamin D

Pest Professionals: be sure you’re getting the right amount of Vitamin D

At FMC Professional Solutions, we strive to keep our customers and their families safe and healthy. Pest professionals are often subjected to sun-related dangers. The cause? Spending a great deal of time driving to and from jobs, leaving the left side of the face and body exposed to UV rays. Therefore, we encourage pest professionals to shield their skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays. However, sunlight also triggers the production of certain vitamins in our bodies that are integral to our health, such as Vitamin D. Known as the sunshine vitamin, Vitamin D is produced by the body in response to sunlight. It is also occurs naturally in a few foods, including some fish, fish liver oils and egg yolks, as well as in fortified dairy and grain products. But if you shield yourself completely from the sun, suffer from milk allergies or adhere to a strict vegetarian diet, you may be at risk for Vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D is essential for strong bones because it helps the body use calcium from your diet. Traditionally, Vitamin D deficiency has been associated with rickets, a disease in which the bone tissue doesn’t properly mineralize, leading to soft bones and skeletal deformities. However, research is increasingly revealing the importance of Vitamin D in protecting against a host of health problems. Research suggests that Vitamin D could play a role in the prevention and treatment of a number of different conditions, including type I and type II diabetes, hypertension, glucose intolerance and multiple sclerosis. Vitamin D deficiency can occur for a number of reasons: You don’t consume the recommended levels...
Pest Professionals: Follow These Fire Safety Tips This Summer

Pest Professionals: Follow These Fire Safety Tips This Summer

Backyard bonfires are a favorite summer pastime for many people. As the days get longer and the weather gets warmer, bonfires and the fun activities associated with them will become more frequent. Although they make for great summertime backyard entertainment, there are many safety risks associated with them as well. So, for the spring and summer campers and other pest professionals who like to enjoy a backyard fire pit, please consider these important fire safety tips:   Never pour flammable fluids onto a flame or source of heat. The fluid can ignite and the flame can (and probably will) run right up the stream of fluid to ignite the container in your hand, with explosive and extremely harmful (if not fatal) results.     Never try to extinguish a grease fire with water. This was the last lesson learned by quite a few people cooking in their kitchen. Adding water to a grease fire results in a shockingly large fireball. You are not likely to survive the results of pouring water onto a pan full of burning grease over your campfire.     Never leave a fire unattended in any stage between lighting and extinguishing. DO NOT go to bed while there is any fire or glow visible in your pit or ring. Left unattended, open flames or glowing coals (even ash-covered embers that don’t appear to be glowing) can very easily lead to a spreading fire.     Never put plastic, glass or metal items in a fire. Glass and metal can become dangerous at the worst, and constitute littering at the least. Plastic produces some truly noxious...
Electrical Safety Tips for Kids During National Electrical Safety Month

Electrical Safety Tips for Kids During National Electrical Safety Month

Curiosity is a natural part of childhood learning, but it can be extremely dangerous when it comes to electricity. FMC, along with the Electrical Safety Foundation International, is dedicated to reducing the number of childhood injuries and deaths from electrically-related accidents through education and awareness. From game consoles to computers to cell phones, electricity is an increasing presence in our lives, and more electricity usage means more potential hazards. To effectively teach children about safe practices with electricity, it is imperative to teach them not only about electrical safety, but about electricity itself. The best way to keep children and older adults safe is to ensure we are taking steps to prevent electrical injury while at the same time making preparations to safely escape if there is an emergency. Please share the below electrical safety tips with your children: Plan a fire escape route and practice it with your children. Don’t allow children to play with electrical toys near water and make sure they know water and electricity DO NOT MIX! Never allow children to play with electrical cords, light switches or outlets. Never leave a child unsupervised while cooking or when a stove is within reach. Keep liquids and drinks away from electronics such as computers, video games and TVs as liquids could spill and cause shock or fire. Do not use space heaters in rooms where children are unsupervised and make sure the heater is at least three feet from any combustible. Never rest anything, like clothing or toys, on top of a lamp. Placing flammables near light bulbs is a fire hazard. For more information, visit...
Wake up call: Follow these safety tips to avoid drowsy driving.

Wake up call: Follow these safety tips to avoid drowsy driving.

On behalf of The National Sleep Foundation, drowsydriving.org provides facts, statistics and safe driving tips to raise awareness on the sometimes overlooked but dangerous risks of drowsy driving. They highlight specific at-risk groups who are more susceptible to drowsy driving than others. Many pest professionals, manufacturers and distributors spend more time driving than the average person while going from one job to the next, sometimes working more than the average 40-hour weekday. For your safety and the safety of others on the road, it is very important to stay awake and alert when behind the wheel. Here are some safe driving tips, facts and signs to help keep you and fellow pest professionals from driving drowsy: Drowsy driving statistics and facts to consider: 30% of licensed drivers reported driving while so tired they struggled to keep their eyes open in the last 30 days. One in ten licensed drivers confessed to falling asleep while driving in the last year (the number is one in seven for those aged 16-24). One in six deadly crashes involves a drowsy driver. People who are very sleepy behind the wheel behave in similar ways to people who are drunk. If the above serves as a wake-up call, here are some signs you are getting tired behind the wheel: Trouble remembering the last miles driven or missing exits and traffic signs Difficulty keeping your eyes open and focused Yawning frequently or rubbing your eyes Drifting from your lane or off the road Daydreaming or having wandering, disconnected thoughts Recommendations to avoid become drowsy behind the wheel: Get plenty of sleep (at least seven hours)...
10 ways pest professionals can achieve effective and safe workouts.

10 ways pest professionals can achieve effective and safe workouts.

Today, it’s estimated that 45% of Americans usually make New Year’s Resolutions and this number jumps to 62% who occasionally make resolutions. A very popular resolution is to get active and be healthy! According to one study, losing weight was the number one most popular resolution and number five was staying fit and healthy. If you haven’t made this a resolution or if you’re having trouble keeping it, here’s a new reason to get you on track: your work performance. New research suggests that eating poorly and lack of exercise can affect how productive you are at work. The physical demands on pest professionals require optimal performance. The health benefits of being active far outweigh any risks. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t any risks. For an elite athlete, a weekend warrior, or anyone just starting out on a fitness plan, physical activity does increase the risk of injury. Don’t let that stop you from becoming more active, though. Whether you are starting a new exercise program, maintaining a regular routine or mixing it up, you’ll want to keep your workouts safe and effective. Take a look at these 10 tips for a safe workout according to the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans: Top 10 Tips for a Safe Workout Have a routine physical Visit your doctor before beginning a new exercise program. Any new activity can stress your body. If you have undiagnosed heart disease or other conditions, you should modify your exercise accordingly. Your doctor can let you know what your limits might be and suggest an appropriate amount of exercise for you. Gradually increase time and...