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By Trevor Price

The Select Comfort bed is well known thanks to the company’s aggressive Sleep Number advertising campaign which promotes the bed as a unique solution for couples who prefer different levels of mattress firmness. With 478 retail locations, a 24-hour sales line and a fully operational website, Select Comfort has quickly become the world’s biggest seller of customizable air beds.

For a high-level overview of the pros and cons associated with a Select Comfort bed, keep reading.

Pros and Selling Points of the Sleep Number System

The main selling feature for the Select Comfort mattress line is that it allows each individual sleeper to control the firmness level on their own side of the bed. So, instead of compromising on your bed’s softness, you can each have a bed that works for your body.

This unique feature is operated and controlled using a discreet set of remote controls which are tucked behind the bed and can be programmed with specific settings.

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Other features include a 30-night trial period, 20-year limited warranty (but, it doesn’t include many parts), digital controls and high-quality fabric materials.

Cons of the Sleep Number System

The biggest drawback to the Select Comfort Bed is the “trench” effect created when both sides are inflated to a moderate to full firmness setting. Once the dual air chambers are inflated, a dip is created in the middle of the bed. Many sleepers find themselves rolling into this dip or fighting against it. So, if your spouse and you both prefer a firmer bed, you may be better off simply searching for a quality, traditional mattress that you both like.

The second major con against the Select Comfort bed is the mold problem that has recently developed into a large-scale, class-action lawsuit. Basically, because the Select Comfort Sleep Number system sucks air inside the mattress, it also sucks in atmospheric moisture, allergens and mold spores. These spores then take root inside the mattress, spreading and becoming a major health hazard.

The other negative – that really isn’t bad per se – is that the firmness control displays degrees of firmness ranging from a level of 0 to 100, implying there are 100 individual levels. However, those levels all work in increments of 5 (e.g. 5, 10, 15, etc.), so there are really only 20 (actually 21) total firmless levels. Granted, this is much better than merely one, but it’s far fewer than implied.

Cost of the Sleep Number Mattress

Select Comfort makes six different Sleep Number beds, beginning with the Sleep Number 3000 and going up to the Sleep Number 9000, the brand’s luxury model.

Prices for the Select Comfort Bed will range from approximately $450 for a basic, twin-sized Sleep Number 3000 all the way to $4700 for a Sleep Number 9000 King Size with all the included accessories.

Where You Can Buy a Sleep Number Air Bed

To buy a Select Comfort bed, visit their website for immediate purchasing and financing, or you can go to one of their over 470 retail stores across North America. Should you choose one of their mattresses for the 30-night test, note that payment of all return delivery charges will be yours if you decide not to keep it.

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Submitted by: Luciana Muratori

The Top 10 Workplace Safety Myths

There are several articles online listing Workplace Safety Myths, so I decided to do a research and publish the best 10 myths I found.

From the most important one, down to the funniest one, the top 10 Workplace Safety Myths are:

Myth # 1: Safety is just common sense

No organisation should rely on workers to use common sense. There must be an effective risk management policy in place. There is a myth about common sense, which fails to understand that one persons instinct might differ greatly from anothers. This is particularly true if they are a young or inexperienced worker.

Good sense is acquired through knowledge and experience. Thats why safety inductions, toolbox talks, and good communication between workers and line supervisors are all vital ingredients for making workplaces safe.

Myth # 2: It will never happen here.

The truth is that workplace accidents or violence can happen in any business, at anytime, and anywhere. And, they do.

Myth # 3: Workplace Violence is Random and Unpredictable

Violence can be random and unpredictable in some cases. However, there are several cases when a pattern of behaviour begins to emerge. A lot of times people ignore warning signs until it is too late. In 80% of all incidents of workplace violence, the are warning signs that went unheeded.

Awareness heads the list and is the easiest and most successful means for surviving a workplace violence attack. Early awareness and action can save property, lives, and money.

Verbal threats of violence are a real warning sign. Verbal threats of violence should not be ignored or played down as just talk.

Myth # 4: Risk assessment is too complicated

Carrying out a risk assessment should be straightforward. Its about focusing on real risks and hazards that cause real harm and, more importantly, taking action to control them.

Myth # 5: Musculoskeletal injuries are inevitable with manual labour.

Workplaces with hazardous manual tasks have a legal obligation to ensure the health and safety of their workers. The risks of injury associated with hazardous manual tasks must be controlled.

Advances in technology means there are many practical options to assist employers to control the risk of injury.

Myth #6: Workplace health and safety systems are rigid and stop us getting real work done.

The mention of workplace health and safety is sometimes met with cynicism. However, its not about slowing productivity, but rather finding safer, smarter, more cost effective ways of getting work done.

Myth # 7: Myth: Every possible risk needs a safety sign

Using too many signs just guarantees no one will read any of them.

Safety signs are useful when theres a significant risk which cant be avoided or controlled in any other way. But that doesnt mean you should add a sign for every possible risk, however trivial.

Where there are serious risks in your workplace, dont just rely on signs take practical steps to deal with them. If you do need a sign, make sure it has the right symbol and is clearly visible.

Myth # 8: PPE will keep everyone safe.

Personal protective equipment (PPE) helps to keep workers safe, but the employees must be trained on how to use them. In several cases, PPE equipment is there as a last line of defence, you dont want them to be really required to do any work.

Workplaces should implement engineering controls, such as machine guards to protect fingers from sharp moving devices. Rotating tasks to avoid repetitive motion injuries is also a way to avoid injuries (and boredom!).

MYTH #9: Some people are just accident prone

Some people are clumsier or more absent-minded than others, it is true. But they cant take all the blame. Good management means looking out for these people. In an organisation, if somebody is having a high level of small accidents at work, something might be wrong. It is the supervisor/manager duty to identify the problem and find out the reason why this particular employee is having so many accidents. Is he getting enough sleep? Does he have any personal problems? Is he depressed? Drinking? Or is there another reason?

Myth # 10: Flip flops are banned from the workplace

Finally, the last myth and this is a funny one. I found it on many websites from the US and I thought it was a great myth to end this article.

How did this myth start?

Apparently, sometime in 2007, bosses at Oldham Council (US) banned staff from wearing flip-flops and sandals to work, citing health and safety. They feared people who wear the flimsy footwear are more likely to trip and injure themselves.There was another widely reported ban in 2013 for staff working at Plymouth City Council (also in the US). it is noteworthy to mention that the reason for the ban was to remind workers to dress appropriately for a working environment. The later report stirred up the flip-flop ban myth again with members of the public citing health and safety reasons for the ban.

Research and information for this post was obtained from the following websites:

WorkSafe Queensland

Safety ED

Stay Legal


The Safety Brief

About the Author: Luciana Muratori is a safety expert and the owner of Shop For Safety. Shop For safety is an online store that sells good quality safety products in Australia and overseas.


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