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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Is Your Business Prepared for Wildfires?

California’s drought may be over, but the wildfire risk is far from past. As temperatures rose last week, fire danger rose as well. A fire that broke out in Sun Valley around 1:30 p.m. on Friday had burned three homes by Saturday morning and prompted an evacuation order for areas around Los Angeles. By the […]


New Software from NIOSH Focuses on Emergency Responder Health

With extensive recovery efforts under way across the country, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is offering a new software platform called ERHMS Info Manager®. Its purpose, according to NIOSH, is to track and monitor emergency response and recovery worker activities during all phases of response following a natural disaster or other […]


10 Tips for Hurricane Preparedness

We are now in hurricane season, which officially occurs from June 1 until November 30. It’s important for businesses that could be in the path of a storm to review their emergency preparations. If you haven’t already done so, take these 10 essential steps to make sure your facilities and your workers are protected.


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]