Category: Emergency Preparedness and Response

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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California: Droughts End, Floods Begin

After years of drought, parts of California have experienced near-record precipitation in 2017. In the mountains, that means snow—and the Sierra Nevada has had so much snow this year that some ski resorts are planning to stay open until August. In addition, the cool spring delayed the onset of snowmelt, meaning that rivers are higher […]

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AHA Launches New Campaign to Promote Emergency Training

The American Heart Association (AHA) has launched a new campaign to promote first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and automatic external defibrillator (AED) training. The association says it was motivated by research that finds most U.S. employees are not prepared to handle a workplace cardiac emergency because they lack training in CPR and first aid. Half […]

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Black Swans and Swiss Cheese: Incidents with Small Probability but Big Consequences

At Safety 2017, the annual professional development conference and exposition of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), Debby Shewitz, CSP, and Carol J. Robinson, CSP, CIH, spoke to safety professionals about so-called “black swan” events in a session titled “Understanding Low Probability, High Consequence Events.”

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Preventing Domestic Violence Workplace Spillover

On April 10, 2017, a 53-year-old man walked into a special needs classroom in San Bernadino, California, pulled out a gun, and shot his estranged wife, 53-year-old Karen Elaine Smith. Two children standing near Smith were also hit by gunfire; 8-year-old Jonathan Martinez died later at the hospital. The gunman then turned his gun on […]

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Protect Employees from California’s Wild Weather

After years of severe drought, most of California’s reservoirs are now full and the snowpack is, in places, exceeding record levels set in 1983. A major storm drenched Southern California on February 17 before shifting to the north. Heavy rains are expected to continue, hitting different areas of the state, for as long as the […]

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Retail Details: Fire and Electrical Safety for Retailers

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cites retailers over and over for failing to ensure that their stores are fire-safe. Retailer Dollar General has been OSHA’s most cited case in point, although they are far from the only offender. Since 2010, OSHA has recorded more than 100 safety and health violations at Dollar […]

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Retail Details: Clear the Exits for Holiday Fire Safety

When you think of dangerous industries, “retail” is probably not the first one that springs to mind. And while retail employees aren’t generally exposed to the types of machinery hazards that industrial workers face or to the kinds of health hazards that healthcare workers face daily, there are some persistent issues that crop up during […]

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Who Speaks for You in a Crisis?

At about 9 a.m. on October 4, 2016, contractors were cleaning coal bunkers at the Cambria Cogen power station in Cambria County, Pennsylvania, when an explosion occurred. The explosion injured four workers, two of them seriously—but early news reports stated that three men were taken to the hospital with burns, and little else. Always in […]

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