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Ten Free Safety Training Videos to Bolster Emergency Management

Posted on Thu, Aug 01, 2013

Companies often use safety-training videos to supplement required safety measures for specific industries, roles, or equipment usage.

Many large companies produce their own training videos to ensure materials are aligned with company policy and site-specific regulatory requirements. Additionally, there are an abundance of private companies that offer fee-based safety videos based on individual subjects and/or agency regulatory requirements. While the content and effectiveness of these videos are typically professionally produced, references, applicability, and accuracy should always be reviewed before purchasing and presenting the information to employees.

However, there are many free and educational safety videos available. As with any free safety resource available on the Internet, information should always be verified for accuracy. Unless specified from regulatory agencies, these videos are meant to supplement training, not replace site-specific mandated training.

Below is a sampling of free videos available to supplement safety training. Note: Questions and comments on particular free safety videos should be directed to the website (or author) who created it.

1. Hands-only CPR training video:  A study published in the March 8 issue of Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes showed that people who view a CPR instructional video are significantly more likely to attempt life-saving efforts. The American Heart Association produced the “Hand-only” video because nearly 89% of people who suffer an out-of hospital cardiac arrest die because they do not receive an immediate form of CPR. Nearly 70% of Americans do not know how to administer CPR.

2. Emergency Evacuation: What Every Employee Should Know : Highlights the need to become familiar with emergency evacuation plan and egress routes and general evacuation procedures.

3. How to Use a Portable Fire Extinguisher Training Video: This video was created by the Fire Equipment Manufacturers' Association to train viewers on how to assess a potential fire situation and use a portable fire extinguisher in the event of a fire emergency.

4. Fire Alarm Evacuation: Developed by Austin Community College, this video demonstrates potential behaviors after a fire alarm is sounded, and highlights the proper actions employees should take if evacuation is ordered.

5. RUN. HIDE. FIGHT. Surviving an Active Shooter Event: Engaging and realistic video set in an office building that provides guidance on how to survive an office 'active shooter'.

6. Oil Spill 101: Blocking with boom: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration video demonstrating how boom contains an oil spill. It discusses the four main types of boom used, hard boom, fire boom, sorbent boom, and snare boom.

7. Incident Command System: Positions & Responsibilities:: This video highlights the roles and responsibilities of key positions within the Incident Command System. Although this video uses a hospital as a backdrop to the scenarios, the general ICS positions should be applicable to any industry.

8. OSHA Construction Hazard Prevention videos: This series of videos are based on actual work site incidences that resulted in an employee injury or death. Corrective actions for preventing these types of accidents are discussed.

9. Hot Works: US Chemical Safety Board discusses hidden hazards of Hot Works through examination of specific incidents. This video, in conjunction with Seven Key Lessons to Prevent Worker Deaths During Hot Work In and Around Tanks, details causes of incidents at various facilities and identifies lessons learned.

10. Safety Glasses Saves Lives: True and engaging story of how wearing safety glasses saved a man’s life.

Emergency management is a dynamic process requiring continuous efforts. Effective response planning, training, drills, equipment testing, and coordination with the community are instrumental for any emergency preparedness program.

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