Back to Basics is a weekly feature that highlights important but possibly overlooked information that any EHS professional should know. This week, we examine personal protective equipment (PPE) for emergency response and recovery workers. Workers typically face many hazards that can be prevented or minimized through the use of engineering controls, administrative controls, and safe […]
Tag: Emergency Response
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) urged employers, response crews, and residents in areas affected by Hurricane Ida to recognize the hazards created by fallen trees, flooding, power loss, storm debris, and structural damage in the wake of a hurricane. Both emergency response and cleanup and recovery crews face hazards related to removing […]
In Part 1 of this two-part series on workplace evacuations, we share the importance of building an effective Emergency Action Plan and establishing a safety strategy to address various emergency scenarios. Continuing coverage into Part 2 of this evacuation primer, we now provide a closer look at the safety requirements for establishing exit routes and […]
Sometimes your employees just need to leave. Workplace emergencies can range from isolated chemical spills, fires, toxic gas releases, and active shooter incidents to local flooding; hurricanes; tornados; and, more rarely, terrorist attacks. Workplace lockdowns or sheltering in place may be the appropriate response, but sometimes you need to evacuate your facility. But first, you […]
A “chain of failures” in emergency response and process safety management led to the November 2014 deaths of four workers following a methyl mercaptan release at the DuPont Plant in La Porte, Texas, according to the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB).
In a news release last week, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced actions it is taking to assist Americans in states affected by Hurricane Michael. Here is a roundup of what’s happening in the wake of the disaster.
If there is a fall from height at your facility or construction site, would you know what to do? That was the question posed by Loui McCurley, CEO of Pigeon Mountain Industries, at her session “Rapid Response to a Fall Protection Emergency” presented at the American Society of Safety Professionals’ (ASSP) Safety 2018 Conference and […]
Louisiana residents—emergency workers, employers and the public—recovering from the impact of the recent floods should be aware of the hazards they may encounter and take necessary steps to stay safe, OSHA urges.
When you think about chemical safety and compliance, the first standard that comes to mind might be the hazard communication standard. However, there are a lot of standards that apply to hazardous chemical safety. Yesterday, we looked at two employers that failed to comply with Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response, personal protective equipment, and […]
There are many chemicals in use in modern workplaces—and there are a lot of ways workers can be exposed to them. Three employers that were cited within a 1-month period earlier this year provide instructive examples of the kinds of mistakes that lead to overexposures.