ASSE 2014 Orlando: Seminar #818: Emergency Preparedness, Planning and Response
Seminar Date: Thursday June 12th, 2014
This workshop will provide a practical approach to planning, preparing and responding to an emergency.
Topics covered include: OSHA/EPA/DOT requirements, training, written programs, checklists, Emergency Response Teams (ERT), evacuations, fire, hazmat, medical emergency, earthquake, tornado, bomb threat, incident command, NIMS, drills, equipment, inspection, post fall rescue, confined space rescue, record keeping, and more.
Credit: 1 Day / .7 CEU
ASSE 2014 Orlando: Seminar # 915: Lockout/Tagout (LO/TO) A-Z
Seminar Date: Friday June 13
Last year, OSHA most frequently gave citations in manufacturing for violation of LOTO (29CFR1910.147). This standard regulates the servicing and maintenance of equipment in which the unexpected energization or startup of the equipment, or release of stored energy could cause an injury.
In this seminar, you will learn the A to Z on compliance with this regulation through the development and implementation of a practical written LOTO program, LOTO training program (initial and refresher) as well as equipment- specific LOTO procedures for equipment that does not meet the OSHA eight-point exclusion. You will also have a hands-on opportunity to test a wide range of LOTO devices.
Credit: 1 Day / .7 CEU
Three cheers for Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber for coming to the aid of an unconscious woman on a Portland street on Monday, May 5.
According to a story in the Oregonian, the governor was en route to dinner and asked his driver to stop when he saw the woman lying on the side of the road.
Aside from being governor, Kitzhaber is also a former emergency room doctor and has used his medical knowledge more than once while in office.
The scene played out in the classic combination of contacting 911, performing CPR until help arrives, and then using an automated external defibrillator (AED) to give someone that second chance.
Gov. Kitzhaber is one of a number of governors who have stepped up to assist in an emergency. Former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger saved a drowning man at a Maui resort in 2004, while former governor and president Ronald Reagan saved more than 70 people during his teen years as a summer lifeguard. Mike Huckabee, once Arkansas’s governor, came to the aid of another politician when that gentleman was choking at a luncheon. Huckabee was able to dislodge to obstruction with some abdominal thrusts.
Thank you to all these heroes for taking the time out of their incredibly busy schedules to come to the aid of a citizen in need. They are an inspiration to us all.
(Reprinted from American Safety and Health Institute)
Oakland— Cal/OSHA is advising all employers to protect their outdoor workers from the risks associated with heat illness. Beginning mid-week, temperatures are expected to be 15 to 25 degrees above normal in both northern and southern California.
“With the first significant heat wave of the year expected this week and into the weekend, we want to make sure employers know their responsibilities and what is needed for outdoor workers to avoid heat illness,” said Christine Baker, director of the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR). The Division of Occupational Safety and Health, commonly known as Cal/OSHA, is a division of DIR.
"Early in the season, especially as the temperatures spike, all workers, regardless of fitness, should be given the opportunity to acclimatize to handle heat stress and prevent serious injuries from heat illness,” said acting Cal/OSHA Chief Juliann Sum.
California’s heat regulation requires all employers with outdoor workers to take basic steps to protect outdoor workers:
“Extra attention and training should focus on work pace, water, shade, and rest breaks. Workers should be encouraged to report any symptoms promptly to avoid the progression of mild heat illness to more serious heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Focusing on preventive measures is the best way to keeping the workforce healthy and productive,” added acting Chief Sum.
Special “High Heat” procedures are also required when temperatures reach 95 degrees and workers are at greater risk. At these times, supervisors must take extra precautions:
San Jose, CA - Although it is not in finished Golden State form, the Globally Harmonized System of hazard communication officially became part of Cal/OSHA’s regulations with the announcement that the “temporary” Horcher adoption has been approved by California’s Office of Administrative Law.
The hazcom changes, which went into effect on May 6, include a requirement that employers train their workers on the new chemical labeling format and the revamped safety data sheets (SDSs). One safety trainer warns that many employers are not giving themselves enough time to comply with this requirement and could find themselves facing a daunting deadline.
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