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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TRI and Waste Management-Understanding Key Definitions

Waste management is included under the TRI definition of toxic chemicals that are otherwise used, which refers to activities that are not manufacturing or processing. TRI requires that subject facilities report releases and other waste management of listed chemicals. Facilities must also report transfers of toxic chemicals for waste management to off-site locations. Waste management […]

Workplace Violence: A Concern for All Employers

You’ve seen workplace violence reported on TV. You’ve read about it in the newspaper and on the Internet. But what are you doing about it? OSHA defines workplace violence as "any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation, or other threatening disruptive behavior that occurs at the work site." Violent incidents include threats and […]

Recent OSHA Directive Provides Guidance on Workplace Violence

In a recent directive OSHA provides guidance for employers about reducing workplace violence risks. Read about seven basic precautions that can help protect your employees. In a recent directive entitled Enforcement Procedures for Investigating or Inspecting Workplace Violence Incidents (CPL 02-01-052, September 8, 2011), OSHA outlines general recommendations for all industries and workplaces concerning violence […]

More FAQs About Hands-Only CPR

Yesterday, we began a quick review of Hands-Only CPR. Today, we continue with more questions and more answers from the American Heart Association about this first aid innovation. Q. How long should someone trained in conventional CPR that includes breathing do Hands-Only CPR before switching to conventional CPR? A. At this point, according to the […]

Getting to the Heart of Hands-Only CPR

In Hands-Only CPR only chest compressions are used. Here are answers to frequently asked questions about this procedure from the American Heart Association. Q. What is Hands-Only CPR? A. Hands-Only CPR is CPR without mouth-to-mouth breaths. It is recommended for use by people who see an adult suddenly collapse in an "out-of-hospital" setting. It consists […]

Poll Shows Businesses Lacking in Preparedness

Is your workplace prepared for an emergency or disaster? A new poll shows that many employers may not be as well prepared as they should be. More than a decade after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, only a third of surveyed organizations believe they are well prepared for threats and disasters, even though about […]

Help Your Workers and Their Families Survive a Home Fire

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) says that more than 3,500 Americans die each year in fires, and approximately 18,300 are injured. Many of these deaths and injuries occur in the home, which is why your employees need a home fire escape plan. The theme of next week’s Fire Prevention Week is “Protect Your Family from […]

Workplace Fires: Plan, Train, and Prepare

Next week (October 9-15) is Fire Prevention Week. What are you doing to prepare for the risk of fire in your workplace? OSHA requires most employers to implement a fire prevention plan to minimize fire risks and the need for evacuation. The plan must be in writing and available for employee review. According to OSHA’s […]

Exit Routes: Maintenance, Safeguarding, and Operational Requirements

Yesterday, we talked about design requirements for emergency exit routes. Today, we review OSHA’s emergency exit maintenance, safeguarding, and operational requirements. OSHA standards require emergency exit routes to be maintained in safe and fully operational condition at all times. This means you must: Keep exit routes free of explosive or highly flammable furnishings and other […]

Are Your Exit Routes OSHA Compliant?

When assessing the potential for respiratory hazard exposure in the workplace, OSHA says the key issues are when, what, and how much. OSHA defines an exit route as “a continuous and unobstructed path of exit travel from any point within a workplace to a place of safety.” An exit route consists of three parts: Exit […]