Nothing is as simple as it seems; the unexpected happens every day.
The reality is permit required confined spaces are still the leading cause of multiple fatalities in the workplace.
Not being able to rescue a worker from a confined space has a devastating impact on the company and, more importantly, the employees.
If we can allow employees adequate time to plan, review technical information, practice, and check available resources, together we can reduce the workplace fatalities each year.
With such a broad description for OSHA first aid compliance, the responsibility of defining the various components of first aid response and preparedness lies solely on the employer.
When an amazing safety-first culture exists, the result is a waiting list of employees wanting to be on the emergency response team.
Emergency response preparedness for "not if" but "when" requires a dynamic and effective training program.
Warning! This is a test. This is a test of the Emergency Response Plan.
A major issue with conducting pre-announced fire drills is that employees know the drills are not a real emergency alert and have no sense of urgency.
The key to mitigating human error during a real emergency is the right kind of realistic training.