people were disappointed,
for instance, when SNL
funny man Al Franken
didn’t tell jokes
at political gatherings
after he won his
seat from Minnesota. Clay
Aiken, who many remember
as the American Idol
runner-up, seems to be
Red Sox starting pitcher
Clay Buchholz is
scheduled to have surgery
to repair ...
Red Sox underachieved
greatly this past season,
finishing last in the AL
East. Cherington and
company managed to move
four-fifths of Boston's
opening day ...
first four games, Alabama
has rolled up 538 ...
"We've all seen good
football teams. We ain't
one." John Clay: (859)
Alabama-- Buddy Anderson
is still going for a
state record career win
No. 310 this week. Spain
Park can earn a 7A
contender’s rank at
Tuscaloosa County. Oak
Mountain hopes to go 1-11
against Hoover. Helena
will try to get to 3-0.
CLAY — It’s
understandable if you
didn’t expect to
find one of
steaks at Papa
Restaurant in Clay. But
is one of four finalists
in the central region,
and one of ...
AL.com's Red Clay Readers
continue the summer
reading series this week
with a look at Watt Key's
young adult novel
"Alabama Moon." During
the week-long look at the
2006 book, we will
present a book review, a
movie review and an
interview with the
one of the most daring
– and some say
crazy – events of
the Civil War. In 1864, a
small band of Confederate
efforts to launch spy
operations from Canada.
Clement Claiborne Clay
Jr. Clement Claiborne
Clay Jr. was born in
-- Clay County has almost
14,000 residents, around
100 churches and not a
single place where you
can buy a beer legally.
There's no Bud Light in
the cooler at the corner
convenience store and no
fine wine for sale at the
Piggly Wiggly ...
After a neighboring
county recently voted
wet, Clay County became
the last bone-dry county
in Alabama and one of a
dwindling number across
the nation. Nestled at
the southern tip of the
Appalachians and lacking
so much as a federal
highway to bring in
Originally built by a
local industrialist and
entrepreneur, the lake
was a camping and fishing
spot for decades before
becoming a victim of
neglect. A group of
themselves "The Friends
of Cosby Lake" determined
to save the Cosby Lake
MOBILE, Alabama -- Ole
Miss director of
athletics Ross Bjork was
a sharp-dressed man for
his appearance Monday
night as guest speaker at
the New Horizons Credit
Union 1st & 10 Club
meeting at Heron Lakes
Country Club. He even
added a special accessory
After a couple of days of
rest, Alabama quarterback
Blake Sims should be
“ready to go”
against Ole Miss, head
coach Nick Saban
“Blake was able to
throw the ball at the end
of the week last
week,” Saban said.
“We had him on kind
Preparations are underway
for the Alabama National
Fair. The rides, the
food, the shows-- all
return to Montgomery this
Friday. As always, the
first day is WSFA 12 News
Day. Monday crews were
cleaning the fairgrounds
at the Garrett Coliseum
in preparation ...
We’re just two
months away from this
year’s Iron Bowl
contest between Alabama
and Auburn, but some fans
are still talking about
the way that last
season’s ended. One
berichtet: Okay Alabama
fans – we ...
One of the
most powerful tracks on
Alabama's new Angels
Among Us: Hymns &
Gospel Favorites: Deluxe
Edition is the moving
"Raising Alabama," a song
that lead singer Randy
Owen is one of their most
personal. Alabama Gets
More Love With 'High
Cotton' Tribute ...
published in the Sept.
27, 1994 issue of Country
Weekly magazine. For
Owen, “Angels Among
Us” is the most
personal song the
supergroup has ever
timeless, it will last
proclaimed in an ...
Ole Miss is
gearing up for one of the
biggest game sin the
grove in a long time.
Alabama, now the
top-ranked team in the
coaches poll, is heading
to town this weekend for
one of the SEC West
this weekend. The Rebels
have been a ...
swimmer who died saving
John Servati, a
University of Alabama
swimmer, died while
saving his girlfriend
during a tornado earlier
this year. Those who knew
him say he was funny and
a leader. Check out this
story on USATODAY.com
Guidelines, and the HATE
WEEK disclaimer.] There
are few programs in all
of college football
loathed more than the
Alabama Crimson Tide.
Above all, they win a
lot. The hatred we feel
for them is the same
In case this
week’s epic Alabama
vs. Ole Miss showdown
needed any more fuel,
Rebels safety Cody
Prewitt just gave it some
more. After Ole
Miss’ 24-3 scrap
with Memphis that assured
the Rebels would be
undefeated when they face
Alabama, Prewitt said
SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR CLAY
My identity was stolen. What should I do?
Identity theft occurs when someone steals your name and other personal information, such as your Social Security or drivers license numbers, and uses it without your permission.
What to do if Someone Steals Your Identity
If you think you may be a victim of identity theft:
The FTCs ID Theft Affidavit is a form that you can use to report information to businesses, notifying them that there is a fraudulent debt in your name. Download a copy of the ID Theft Affidavit
(PDF | requires Adobe Acrobat Reader
) or call the FTCs ID Theft Hotline at 1-877-IDTHEFT (1-877-438-4338) to get a copy.
Some states allow you to place a security freeze on your credit report, which will keep businesses from issuing credit to a thief. The cost of a security freeze varies from state to state, and is not available in every state. Contact your state consumer protection office
for more information about your state security freeze laws.
The city agains Asthma
If you or your child has asthma, you are not alone. About 23 million people in the United States suffer from asthma. Asthma is the leading cause of disease of long duration in children.
We are all responsible for protecting the conditions that determine a good level of health for our family and our community. Education is the basis for creating health-promoting environments for all.
At present, we have at our disposal a wealth of information about asthma. Hence, both the parents and the people who are caring for children play an important role in the transmission of knowledge, and changing lifestyle of the family.
Since the EPA is committed to educating all people about asthma, then you will find useful information that will help you more effectively control asthma.
What are the environmental factors that cause asthma?
Asthma can be triggered by allergens or irritants that are common in our homes.The most common factors are:
Asthma can be caused by smoke from a cigarette butt, pipe or cigar and also by the smoke exhaled by a smoker.
- Choose not to smoke in your home or car or allow others to do so.
Dust mites are too small to be seen with the naked eye, but are in every home.They live in mattresses, pillows, carpets, furniture fabric wallpaper, bedspreads, clothes and stuffed toys.
- Wash sheets and blankets weekly in hot water.
- Choose soft toys that are washable, and wash them often in hot water, drying them completely. Keep these toys off beds.
- Cover mattresses and pillows with covers that prevent the passage of dust (allergen impermeable) having a closure.
Skin flakes emerging from domestic animals, urine and saliva may trigger asthma.
Learn more at www.epa.gov/asthma/pets.html
- Consider keeping pets out of the house or finding a new home if necessary.
- Keep your pets all the time outside the bedroom or any other area that is used for sleeping and keep the doors shut.
- Keep pets off the furniture with tapestry fabric, carpets and stuffed toys.
Mold grows in damp places or materials. The key to mold control is moisture control. If mold is a problem in your home, clean and remove excess water or moisture. Reducing moisture also helps reduce other factors that cause asthma, such as cockroaches.
- Wash mold off hard surfaces and dry completely. Absorbents, such as tile roofs and carpets, if they rust, should probably be removed or replaced materials.
- Make any water leaks in the pipes and pipes and other sources of water supply.
- Keep drip pans in your refrigerator, air conditioner and dehumidifier environments, clean and dry.
- Use exhaust fans or open windows hold while cooking or when using the dishwasher.
- Use exhaust fans in the bathrooms while showering.
- Place the exhaust in a clothes dryer to the outside.
- Keep the humidity inside the house at a low level, 30 to 50 percent relative humidity. Humidity levels can be measured by hygrometers which can be purchased at hardware stores.
Droppings or excretions of cockroaches can trigger asthma.
If sprays are used:
- Do not leave food or garbage out environmental exposure.
- Store food in tightly sealed containers.
- Clean all food waste or spilled liquids immediately.
- First try to control cockroaches using poison baits, boric acid or traps before using pesticide sprays.
- Limit yourself to use only in infested areas.
- Carefully follow the instructions found on product labels.
- Ensure that enough fresh air when you spray and keep the person with asthma out of the home.
Preventing asthma attacks
. To make an asthma action plan, tips on how to manage asthma and get a copy of the popular activity book "Dusty the Goldfish".
- Step 1: Talk to your doctor about your child´s asthma. If your child has asthma or you think your child has this disease, take your child to a doctor.The doctor will work with you to ensure that your child has an asthma attack.
- Learn what causes asthma in your child.
- Identify your asthma triggers in your home are.
- Learn how to rid your home the factors that cause asthma.
- Know what your child should take medication.
- Step 2: Make a plan. Ask your doctor to help you create an individual action plan to control your child´s asthma. Work with your doctor to create a plan of action to help you learn how to prevent asthma attacks your child regularly.
- Step 3 - Make your home resistant asthma. The factors that cause asthma are part of our daily lives. Asthma attacks can be caused by mold growing on the shower curtain in the bathroom, dust mites living in blankets or blankets, the pillows and stuffed toys of your child. Learn more about the things that can cause an asthma attack and what you can do to eliminate them and keep your child healthy.
Tools Program Indoor Air Quality for Schools
EPA has developed a program of Air Quality Tools for Schools Interior to reduce exposure to environmental contaminants in them through the voluntary adoption of practices to manage indoor air quality.
The "program IAQ Tools for Schools
"is a detailed to help maintain a healthy environment in school buildings by identifying, correcting and preventing problems of air quality resource.Poor indoor air quality in schools can affect the comfort and health of students and staff, which in turn can affect concentration, attendance, and student performance. In addition, if the school takes to react promptly as poor air quality, students and staff are at increased risk of health problems in the short term, such as fatigue and nausea, as well as problems long-term health such as asthma. Read more about it and download or order a kit action " IAQ Tools for Schools ".
What you need to know about Ebola
What is Ebola?
Ebola virus is the cause of a viral hemorrhagic fever disease. Symptoms include: fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, lack of appetite, and abnormal bleeding. Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to ebolavirus though 8-10 days is most common.
How is Ebola transmitted?
Ebola is transmitted through direct contact with the blood or bodily fluids of an infected symptomatic person or though exposure to objects (such as needles) that have been contaminated with infected secretions.
Can Ebola be transmitted through the air?
No. Ebola is not a respiratory disease like the flu, so it is not transmitted through the air.
Can I get Ebola from contaminated food or water?
No. Ebola is not a food-borne illness. It is not a water-borne illness.
Can I get Ebola from a person who is infected but doesnt have any symptoms?
No. Individuals who are not symptomatic are not contagious. In order for the virus to be transmitted, an individual would have to have direct contact with an individual who is experiencing symptoms.
Are there any cases of individuals contracting Ebola in the U.S.?
What is being done to prevent ill passengers in West Africa from getting on a plane?
CDC is assisting with active screening and education efforts on the ground in West Africa to prevent sick travelers from getting on planes. In addition, airports in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea are screening all outbound passengers for Ebola symptoms, including fever, and passengers are required to respond to a healthcare questionnaire. CDC is also surging support in the region by deploying 50 additional workers to help build capacity on the ground.
What is CDC doing in the U.S.?
On the remote possibility that an ill passenger enters the U.S., CDC has protocols in place to protect against further spread of disease. These include notification to CDC of ill passengers on a plane before arrival, investigation of ill travelers, and, if necessary, isolation. CDC has also provided guidance to airlines for managing ill passengers and crew and for disinfecting aircraft. CDC has issued a Health Alert Notice reminding U.S. healthcare workers of the importance of taking steps to prevent the spread of this virus, how to test and isolate suspected patients and how they can protect themselves from infection.
What about ill Americans with Ebola who are being brought to the United States for treatment? How is CDC protecting the American public?
CDC has very well-established protocols in place to ensure the safe transport and care of patients with infectious diseases back to the United States. These procedures cover the entire process -- from patients leaving their bedside in a foreign country to their transport to an airport and boarding a non-commercial airplane equipped with a special transport isolation unit, to their arrival at a medical facility in the United States that is appropriately equipped and staffed to handle such cases. CDCs role is to ensure that travel and hospitalization is done to minimize risk of spread of infection and to ensure that the American public is protected. Patients were evacuated in similar ways during SARS.
This is Real: The World Climate is Changing
Our Earth is warming. The average temperature of the Earth has risen about 1.4 ° F (0.7 ° C over) over the last century. It is projected that the average temperature rise of approximately 2 to 11.5 ° F (1.1 ° C to 6.4 ° C) over the next hundred years. Small changes in average global temperature could lead to large and potentially dangerous changes in climate and weather.
The evidence is clear. Rising temperatures have been accompanied by changes in the weather and climate. Many sites have seen changes in rainfall, which resulted in more flooding, drought or heavy rain and waves more frequent and severe heat.The oceans and glaciers on the planet have also undergone some big changes: the oceans are warming and acidifying, the ice caps are melting and sea levels are rising. As these and other changes are more pronounced in the coming decades, they will have to present challenges to our society and our environment.
Learn about the signs of climate change in the United States.
Humans are largely responsible for recent climate change
Over the past century, human activity has downloaded large amounts of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Most greenhouse gases come from the burning of fossil fuels that produce energy, but deforestation, industrial processes and some agricultural practices also emit gases into the atmosphere.
The greenhouse gases act like a blanket around the Earth, which traps energy in the atmosphere and causes it to heat.This phenomenon is called the greenhouse effect is natural and necessary to sustain life on Earth. However, the accumulation of greenhouse gases can change the Earth´s climate and dangerous effects to human health and welfare and ecosystems.
The choices we make today will affect the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere will in the near future and for years to come.
Learn about the causes of climate change .
Climate change affects all
Our lives are linked to climate. Human societies have adapted to relatively stable climate which have enjoyed since the last Ice Age ended several millennia ago. A warming climate will result in process changes that could affect our water supplies, agriculture, energy and transport systems, the natural environment and to our own health and safety.
Some of the climate changes are inevitable. carbon dioxide can remain in the atmosphere for about a century so the Earth will continue to warm over the coming decades. The hotter it gets, the greater the risk of more severe changes in climate and Earth system. Although it is difficult to predict the exact impacts of climate change, it is clear that the climate to which we are accustomed to is no longer a guide to which we can trust what we can expect in the future.
We can reduce the risks we face from climate change. Choosing options that reduce pollution from greenhouse gases and prepare for the changes that are already underway, we can reduce the risks of climate change. Our decisions will shape the world in which our children and grandchildren will live.
Learn about the impacts of climate change and adaptation to change .
We can make a difference
You can take action. You can take steps at home, on the road, in your office to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and the risks associated with climate change. Many of these steps can save you money; some, such as walking or cycling to work could improve your health! You may also participate in activities to support local or state level energy efficiency, clean energy programs and other climate programs.
Learn about what you can do .
Calculate your carbon footprint and find ways to reduce their emissions through simple actions you take daily.
EPA and other federal agencies are taking action. EPA is working to protect the health and welfare of the people in this country through common sense measures to reduce pollution and greenhouse gases to help communities prepare for change climate.
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You have the right to a safe workplace
You have the right to a safe workplace. The Law on Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970
(OSH Act) was enacted to prevent death, injury or illness of workers in their workplaces. The law requires employers to provide free working conditions hazards and unsafe conditions. The Act (OSH Act) created the Administration Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA), which sets and enforces standards that protect the safety and health at workplaces. OSHA also provides information, training and assistance to workers and employers. Workers can make a complaint to OSHA inspect their workplace if they believe their employer is not following OSHA standards or there are serious risks.
Contact us with questions or to make a complaint
. We will keep your information confidential. We are here to help.
The rights of workers under the OSHA Act
Workers have the right to conditions
of work without risk of serious harm. Site to ensure safe and healthful workplace, OSHA also provides workers the right to:
- Ask OSHA to conduct an inspection of the workplace.
- Exercise their rights under the law of revenge free or discrimination.
- Receive information and training about hazards, methods to prevent damage and OSHA standards that apply to your workplace. The training must be in a language you can understand;
- Having access to the results of the tests done to find hazards in the workplace,
- Read the archives of injuries and work-related diseases ;
- Access to copies of your medical records ;
Who covers the OSHA
Private sector workers
Most employees in the country are under the jurisdiction of the OSHA law. OSHA covers employers and private sector workers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and other jurisdictions of the United States, either directly by the OSHA
Federal, or anOSHA-approved state program
. State Programs health and safety should be at least as effective as federal OSHA program. To find the contact information for the Office of Federal or state program of the nearest OSHA, see the map of the regional offices
Employees of state and local government
Employees who work for state and local governments are not covered by the federal OSHA, but have protection under the OSHA law if they work in states that have a state program approved by OSHA. Four states and a territory of the USA. UU. have OSHA-approved plans that cover only public sector employees. These include: Connecticut, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, and the Virgin Islands. Workers in the private sector in these four states and the Virgin Islands are covered by federal OSHA.
Federal agencies must have a safety and health program that meets the same standards as private employers. Although OSHA does not assign fines to federal agencies, yes the monitors and responds to complaints from their workers. The States Postal Service (USPS) is covered by OSHA.
Not covered by the OSHA Act:
- Freelance workers;
- Members of the immediate family of the owners of a farm that did not employ outside workers; and
- Workplace hazards that are regulated by another federal agency (eg Administration Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Coast Guard)
Standards OSHA: Occupational
OSHA standards are regulations that describe the methods that employers must use to protect their employees from hazards and risks. There are OSHA standards for the construction
, marine operations
, and general industry.
latter category are the standards that apply to most workplaces. Standards limit the amount of hazardous chemicals to which workers can be exposed;require the use of certain safe practices and equipment; and require employers to monitor hazards and keep reports of injuries and illnesses in the workplace. Examples of OSHA standards include requirements to: provide fall protection; prevent the collapse of excavations; prevent some infectious diseases; ensure that workers entering confined spaces safely; prevent employees from being exposed to harmful substances such as asbestos; put guards on machines; provide respirators or other safety equipment; and provide training for certain dangerous jobs.
Employers must also conform to the General Duty Clause
of the OSHA Act requires employers to keep their workplace free of hazards that are recognized as serious. This clause is usually cited when no OSHA standard applies directly to danger.
Workers can request that OSHA inspect your workplace
Workers or their representatives, may file a complaint
and request OSHA to conduct an inspection of your workplace if they believe there is a serious danger or your employer is not complying with OSHA standards. A worker can tell OSHA to keep your identity confidential. 's a violation of the OSH Act an employee is fired, demoted, transferred, or discriminated against in any way for filing a complaint or exercise other rights of OSHA.
You can make a complaint online
, download the form
and mail or fax to the office of the nearest OSHA
; or by calling 1-800-321-OSHA (6742). Most of the complaints received from the Internet can be resolved informally by phone with your employer. Written complaints that are signed by an employee or representative and sent to the OSHA office nearest are more likely to result in an OSHA inspection at your workplace.
When the OSHA inspector arrives, workers and their representatives have the right to:
- Be present during the inspection.
- Talk to the OSHA inspector privately.
- Take part in meetings between the inspector and the employer before and after the inspection.
When no union representative or the employee, the OSHA inspector must speak confidentially to a reasonable number of employees during the course of the inspection.
When an inspector finds violations of OSHA standards or serious hazards, OSHA can issue citations and fines. A citation includes the methods that an employer can use to fix the problem, and the date when these corrective actions must be completed. Workers have the right to challenge only the date when the problem has to be solved. But employers have the right to dispute whether there is a violation, or any other part of the citation. Workers or their representatives must notify OSHA if they want to be involved in the appeal process, if the employer challenges a subpoena.
"If you send a complaint requesting an OSHA inspection, you are entitled to a copy of the results of the OSHA inspection and request that they be revised if OSHA decides not to issue citations."
Employers have a responsibility to provide a safe workplace. Employers MUST provide a workplace free of serious hazards and follow all health and safety standards of OSHA
.Employers have to find and fix security issues and health. OSHA also requires employers to try to eliminate or reduce hazards by making changes in working conditions, rather than simply wear masks, gloves, ear plugs, or other types of personal protective equipment (PPE for short in English). Switching to safer chemicals, processes to trap harmful gases, or using ventilation systems to clean the air are examples of effective ways to eliminate or reduce risks.
Employers also MUST:
- Inform employees about the dangers workout, tags, alarms, color-coded systems, information sheets on chemicals and other methods.
- Save accurate reports of injuries and work-related diseases .
- Testing in the workplace, such as air sampling, required by some OSHA standards
- Providing hearing tests or other medical tests required by OSHA standards
- Locate OSHA citations, data on injuries and illnesses, and the OSHA poster at the jobsite in a place where employees can see them.
- Report to OSHA within 8 hours after an incident in the workplace where there is a death or when three or more workers to go to hospital.
- Not discriminate and not retaliate against an employee for exercising their rights under the law.
You can not be punished or discriminated against for exercising their rights under the law of the OSHA
OSHA law protects workers who complain to their employer, OSHA or other government agencies on working conditions that are not healthy or safe, or environmental problems. You can not be transferred, denied a raise, have your hours reduced, be fired, or punished in any other way for exercising their rights under the law of OSHA. OSHA There is help for whistleblowers
If you have been punished or discriminated against for asserting your rights, you must file a complaint with OSHA within 30 days of the alleged retaliation have occurred to most complaints. No form is required, but you must send a letter or call the office nearest OSHA
explaining the situation and the alleged discrimination.
What if there is a dangerous situation at work?
If you believe that your work conditions are not healthy or safe, we recommend that you notify your employer of the conditions, if possible.
You can make a complaint with
OSHA about a hazardous job at any time. But you should not leave the job site only because you made a complaint. If the condition clearly presents a risk of death or serious physical harm, there is insufficient time for OSHA consider, and, whenever possible, you have shown the condition to your employer, you may have a legal right reused to work
in a situation where you would be exposed to danger.
Additional information for workers
Does OSHA has reviewed my employer?
You can research the history of inspection through their employer seeking establishment of OSHA
. Just enter the name of your company and choose the dates you want to examine.
What is the danger most commonly cited in my industry?
You'll need to know the standard industry classification code (SIC, for its acronym in English) from their employer
. Once you know your four-digit code, visit the OSHA Standards that are frequently cited
, enter your SIC code and see the information for the last year.
Does OSHA provides technical information on hazards?
OSHA provides technical information
to help workers, employers and professionals in health and safety issues, to reduce occupational injuries and illnesses. For example, you can find information on pathogens, and ergonomic machine guards or fall protection.
What is the OSHA materials that may be of interest to workers?
OSHA publishes a variety of publications on many topics. Some of the most useful publications for workers are listed below. See OSHA publications
for a complete list of materials published by the agency. You can also order publications online.