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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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Workplace Emergency Action Plans

Posted on Thu, Jan 24, 2013

The commonplace term “emergency action plan” is widely used by both the private and the public sector.  Specialized emergency action plans used in the public sector may relate to dams, flooding scenarios, educational facilities, severe weather responses, special events, etc. However, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s (OSHA) has specialized requirements for the development of site-specific emergency action plans (EAP) for certain employers and their worksites. OSHA requires a verbal or written emergency action plan based on the number of employees that are physically present in a facility at any time of the working day.

The regulation (29 CFR 1910.38), states that employers with 10 or fewer employees do not have to create a written emergency action plan. However, employers are still required by OSHA to communicate an EAP to staff. An emergency action plan must communicate the following minimum requirements:

  • Procedures for emergency evacuation, including type of evacuation and exit route assignments (29 CFR 1910.38(c)(2))
  • Procedures to be followed by employees who remain to operate critical operations before they evacuate (29 CFR 1910.38(c)(3))
  • Procedures to account for all employees after evacuation (29 CFR 1910.38(c)(4))
  • Procedures to be followed by employees performing rescue or medical duties (29 CFR 1910.38(c)(5))
  • Means of reporting fires or other emergencies (29 CFR 1910.38(c)(1))
  • The name or job title of every employee who may be contacted by employees who need more information about the plan or an explanation of their duties under the plan.(29 CFR 1910.38(c)(6))

According to OSHA, the purpose of an emergency action plan (EAP) is to facilitate and organize employer and employee actions during workplace emergencies. Preventative emergency measures are necessary to minimize emergencies, however plans should be place to ensure employees’ safety in case an emergency scenario occurs.

An EAP should be part of an overall emergency management program, elevate the state of response awareness, and create an atmosphere of response readiness. Before implementing an emergency action plan, employers must designate and train employees to assist in the safe and orderly emergency evacuation of employees. Employers should also clearly communicate command structure during an emergency to minimize confusion. In order to customize an EAP, employers should include the following:

  • Responses to specific potential emergency scenarios
  • Communications processes
  • Training in emergency action plan specifics
  • Floor plans highlighting evacuation routes, emergency exits and fire fighting equipment
  • Potentially hazardous features and on-site emergency systems

Specialized industries may require additional planning elements per associated regulations. However, employers should ensure that the emergency action plans address the following OSHA requirements:

Employee alarm system. An employer must have and maintain an employee alarm system. The employee alarm system must use a distinctive signal for each purpose and comply with the requirements in 29 CFR 1910.165.

Training: An employer must designate and train employees to assist in a safe and orderly evacuation of other employees. Additional training measures can include:

  • Individual roles and responsibilities
  • Threats, hazards, and protective actions
  • Notification, warning, and communications procedures
  • Emergency response procedures
  • Evacuation, shelter, and accountability procedures
  • Location and use of common emergency equipment
  • Emergency shutdown procedures.

Reviews: An employer must review the emergency action plan with each employee covered by the plan:

  • When the plan is developed or the employee is assigned initially to a job
  • When the employee's responsibilities under the plan change

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