Save the dates October 7th to 13th for National Fire Prevention Week 2012! This year’s theme, Have 2 Ways Out!, stresses the importance of having two escape routes. What if your exit is blocked by smoke or fire? Your second route could save you then.
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Accidents can happen in your workplace anytime. You can experience something as minor as a paper cut or as major as an explosion. If accidents occur in your facility, are you prepared?
September is National Preparedness Month, which is observed annually since its inception in 2004. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 3,000 organizations across the country will hold various activities to promote emergency preparedness.
Fire can damage not only your facility but your business as well. Worse, your employees can get injured or killed. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ August 2011 news release, fatal occupational injuries caused by fire and explosions increased by 65 percent in 2010.
You can prepare your workplace for such a horrible disaster by establishing a fire safety program, which is also required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Here, you can learn the basics of preventing an office fire. (more…)
OSHA requires that your plan-of-action include a way to alert employees – including disabled workers, to evacuate or take action, and how to report emergencies.
Let’s break this down:
1. How do you alert employees including workers who may be hearing impaired? Try a dual Audible and Visual Signal Light that blasts a warning but also blinks brightly enough to catch everyone’s attention.
2. Evacuating and taking action is the easy part! Line your evacuation route with Exit Signs and Glow in the Dark Tape. Do not block fire extinguishers so they are easily visible. Establish a meeting place outside the building and make sure all employees know where it is and to whom to report once they get there.
3. Create an easy and fast way for employees to report emergencies. This procedure works well: in each department, identify an emergency point person and a backup. The emergency point person is in charge of his/her department roster and ensures all employees from the department have left the building and arrived at the evacuation point. This person should also be the first point of contact for reporting emergencies. Your emergency point person will contact the other departments to report the emergency and from that point, your company will begin to follow your emergency evacuation plan.
Follow the simple steps above to instantly comply with OSHA regulations. Avoid fines or worse- injuries and lost time.
Students at Albany High School were taught how to use fire extinguishers by firefighters themselves for expert training incomparable to videos or handouts. Starting fire safety training at a young age may increase the likelihood that the lessons will become second nature. If you’re looking to train employees, students, residents or anyone else, Emedco has the products you need to have effective training sessions: