No one wants it to happen, but an emergency, natural or manmade, can strike at anytime, 24/7. What’s more, it need not be a major, nationally-televised incident, such as a hurricane, earthquake, or act of political terror. An event as common as a local building fire can present just as large a challenge to you. These resources will help you create a plan for handling such crises, whatever their scope, and to carry it out in a way that best protects your employees and your company.
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Do you know the latest stats about workplace violence? Can you take the right steps to reduce the risk to your employees and respond in a violent situation? Take our 10-question quiz and find out.
| Monday, February 8th, 2016
Q. If we have five twenty-pound halon fire extinguishers, what are the federal regulations applicable to ozone-depleting substances (ODSs) for what we have?
Workplace violence is a growing problem in the United States. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, roughly 2 million workers are injured every year, and more than 800 die as a result of workplace violence. This has a devastating effect on the productivity of a business and on employees’ quality of life.
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| Monday, February 1st, 2016
Q. How do I identify extremely hazardous substances (EHSs) and hazardous substances on EPA’s List of Lists and SDSs?
Workplace violence is the second leading cause of occupational fatalities in the United States. Are you doing your part to keep your workers safe? Check out the infographic to learn who’s at risk for workplace violence and how to prevent incidents at your company.
OSHA recently reminded emergency workers, employers and the public recovering from the impact of recent tornadoes, flooding, and other severe weather to be aware of the hazards they may encounter and take necessary steps to stay safe.
In the event of a fire, chemical release, or similar disaster, your workers might need to leave the building quickly. You’ve probably established emergency evacuation routes, but have you given them a test run?
| Wednesday, January 13th, 2016
When Taylor Farms workers in Tracy arrived for the morning shift on October 15, 2015, they immediately noticed a strong chlorine smell. Twenty workers, including two pregnant women, became sick enough that they evacuated the building and called 911. According to the Tracy Fire Department, the plant’s sanitation crew had accidentally mixed two cleaning chemicals, acetic acid and chlorine, releasing toxic chlorine gas.
Employers sometimes fret over the cost of preventive safety measures: Was it worth hiring extra personnel to prevent an injury that might not have happened anyway? Was it worth installing extra equipment to control a hazard that workers encounter only once or twice a year?