Emergency Management http://ehstoday.com/taxonomy/term/6600/more en A Modest Proposal to Save the Chemical Safety Board http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/modest-proposal-save-chemical-safety-board <div class="field-byline"> John Crosman </div> <div class="field-deck"> If the Chemical Safety Board is defunded, what does it mean for the industry as a whole and worker and facility safety? </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><strong>Boom!</strong></p> <p>On April 17, 2013, the unthinkable happened in West, Texas, when a fertilizer storage facility containing 30 tons of fertilizer-grade ammonium nitrate detonated, killing 15 people including a dozen emergency responders and damaging or destroying 150 surrounding homes and businesses.</p> <p>How could this have happened?</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/modest-proposal-save-chemical-safety-board" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/modest-proposal-save-chemical-safety-board#comments EPA Emergency Management OSHA Industrial Hygiene Safety News Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:23:00 +0000 53871 at http://ehstoday.com <p>We now know thanks to the findings of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board &ndash; a federally funded independent agency tasked with investigating industrial chemical accidents that is threatened with defunding in the FY 2018 federal budget proposed by the Trump administration &ndash; that a confluence of errors and missteps led to the tragedy at the West Fertilizer Co. facility.</p> A ‘Blow Torch’: Louisiana Pipeline Explosion Leaves Five Injured, One Missing http://ehstoday.com/emergency-management/blow-torch-louisiana-pipeline-explosion-leaves-five-injured-one-missing <div class="field-deck"> As emergency response teams wait for a fire at a Phillips 66 pipeline in St. Charles Parish to burn out, a family waits to hear the fate of a loved one. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The call came in at 6:42 pm on Feb. 9 from an unnamed operator at the Phillips 66-operated Paradis Pipeline Station, located 30 minutes west of New Orleans in St. Charles Parish, La. The caller was reporting an electrical fire at the facility. Multiple calls to the parish&rsquo;s emergency response office and 9-1-1 line followed within minutes, with the callers reporting loud noises and a possible explosion at the pipeline. Shortly thereafter, emergency response operators lost communication with the facility.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/emergency-management/blow-torch-louisiana-pipeline-explosion-leaves-five-injured-one-missing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/emergency-management/blow-torch-louisiana-pipeline-explosion-leaves-five-injured-one-missing#comments Emergency Management News Fri, 10 Feb 2017 17:46:00 +0000 52891 at http://ehstoday.com Thinkstock Six Ways to Leverage Chemical Labeling To Increase Safety and Supply Chain Efficiencies http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/six-ways-leverage-chemical-labeling-increase-safety-and-supply-chain-efficiencies <div class="field-byline"> Greg Wimble </div> <div class="field-deck"> How can you leverage innovations in enterprise barcode labeling to help your chemical company succeed in a highly regulated, highly competitive global marketplace? </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Labeling is complex; today&rsquo;s chemical manufacturers are faced with a range of evolving requirements that complicate the process, and many companies accept this process as the cost of doing business. But it doesn&rsquo;t have to be.</p> <p>Labeling can make a huge difference, enabling IT and supply chain decision makers to not just overcome challenges, but also provide their company with a distinct competitive advantage. There are just six questions you have to ask yourself to find out.</p> <p><strong>How Can Labeling Improve Supply Chain Processes?</strong></p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/six-ways-leverage-chemical-labeling-increase-safety-and-supply-chain-efficiencies" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/six-ways-leverage-chemical-labeling-increase-safety-and-supply-chain-efficiencies#comments GHS Emergency Management OSHA Industrial Hygiene Safety News Fri, 03 Feb 2017 18:18:00 +0000 52711 at http://ehstoday.com Grounded in Safety: Preventing Electrical Catastrophes http://ehstoday.com/training/grounded-safety-preventing-electrical-catastrophes <div class="field-deck"> To ensure a relatively smooth operation in mission-critical facilities like data centers and 9-1-1 operations, exceeding the minimal requirements of the National Electrical Code is essential, says David Brender, the national program manager for electrical applications at the Copper Development Association. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Arc flash and other electrical hazards can have a devastating impact on workers. Not only can electrical hazards cause fatalities, they can cause disabling, debilitating injuries that can cost up to $1 million to treat, creating a huge financial burden for injured workers and their employers.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/training/grounded-safety-preventing-electrical-catastrophes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/training/grounded-safety-preventing-electrical-catastrophes#comments Consensus Emergency Management Safety Training Arc Flash News Thu, 26 Jan 2017 16:39:00 +0000 52541 at http://ehstoday.com <p>Proper electrical grounding and wiring not only protects your business continuity and the sustainability of your business, it protects workers&#39; safety and health.</p> Thinkstock 36 Deaths and Counting: Why the Ghost Ship Tragedy Should Haunt Safety Advocates http://ehstoday.com/blog/36-deaths-and-counting-why-ghost-ship-tragedy-should-haunt-safety-advocates <div class="node-body blog-body"><p><img alt="" src="/site-files/ehstoday.com/files/uploads/2016/10/25/uploads/2016/12/oakland.gif" style="width: 595px; height: 397px; margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px; float: left;" title="Memorials such as this one are appearing near the site the Ghost Ship warehouse fire that claimed the lives of at least 36 people on Dec. 2, 2016 in Oakland, Calif. (Photo by Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images)" /></p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/blog/36-deaths-and-counting-why-ghost-ship-tragedy-should-haunt-safety-advocates" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/blog/36-deaths-and-counting-why-ghost-ship-tragedy-should-haunt-safety-advocates#comments Emergency Management Safety EHS OutLoud Blog Mon, 05 Dec 2016 19:00:00 +0000 51671 at http://ehstoday.com One Worker Dead, Five Injured When the Colonial Pipeline in Rural Alabama Explodes http://ehstoday.com/environment/one-worker-dead-five-injured-when-colonial-pipeline-rural-alabama-explodes <div class="field-deck"> Contractors were working on the line “to restore system integrity” following a September gasoline leak. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Fires are still burning at the site of a gasoline pipeline explosion in Alabama on Oct. 31. A crew of contractors from L. E. Bell Construction was working on the Colonial Pipeline line in Shelby County around 3 p.m. when their equipment struck the line, causing the explosion. One worker was killed and five others were injured, four with serious burns.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/environment/one-worker-dead-five-injured-when-colonial-pipeline-rural-alabama-explodes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/environment/one-worker-dead-five-injured-when-colonial-pipeline-rural-alabama-explodes#comments Emergency Management Environment Safety News Tue, 01 Nov 2016 14:29:00 +0000 50971 at http://ehstoday.com <p>An explosion along the Colonial Pipeline in Shelby County, Ala., on Oct. 31 killed one worker and injured five others and caused the evacuation of homes and businesses within a three-mile radius.</p> Phil Montgomery/Alabama Forestry Commission ESFI Teams with Siemens to Support Fire Prevention Week [Infographic] http://ehstoday.com/fire-prevention-week <div class="field-deck"> Siemens technology and the Electrical Safety Foundation International’s proactive approach to fire safety help prevent fires in residential, commercial and industrial settings. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>As part of its annual effort to promote <a href="https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.firepreventionweek.org_&amp;d=DQIF-g&amp;c=H98lxvesFHsl1ZPcztRg4g&amp;r=wl8LxMf7W1a5tNpUrLyQVgyhVDNc9jvXLAGUieOHfeE&amp;m=8dr8V7EEQtfoC6MuHVvveQUY4e5316903kPVS_8gSG0&amp;s=zfMJ0_NQns9jIpvRcio6V68ydyTkO-Pad01frIhv6pw&amp;e=" target="_blank">Fire Prevention Week</a>, which is Oct.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/fire-prevention-week" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/fire-prevention-week#comments Emergency Management Safety Arc Flash News Tue, 11 Oct 2016 13:46:00 +0000 50651 at http://ehstoday.com ThinkStock American Workers Are Not Prepared for an Emergency http://ehstoday.com/emergency-management/american-workers-are-not-prepared-emergency <div class="field-deck"> A new poll from the National Safety Council reveals that one-third of American workers are not prepared for an emergency, and that's not good news with Hurricane Matthew knocking on our door. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>As businesses and residents from Florida to North Carolina prepare to evacuate in anticipation of Hurricane Matthew, it might be a good time to ask your employees if they feel like they would be prepared in the event of an emergency.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/emergency-management/american-workers-are-not-prepared-emergency" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/emergency-management/american-workers-are-not-prepared-emergency#comments Emergency Management News Wed, 05 Oct 2016 15:03:00 +0000 50451 at http://ehstoday.com <p>This NOAA handout image, taken by the GOES satellite at 1315 UTC ,shows Hurricane Matthew in the Caribbean Sea heading towards Jamacia, Haiti and Cuba on Oct. 3. Evacuations have started from Florida through North Caroline in anticipation of Matthew traveling up the east coast.</p> NOAA via Getty Images Fifteen Years After 9/11: EHS Today Looks Back http://ehstoday.com/safety/fifteen-years-after-911-ehs-today-looks-back <div class="field-deck"> EHS Today has published more than 300 articles that examine the events and aftermath of 9/11. No other event has impacted this magazine – or our country – more. Fifteen years later, we still think about it, talk about it and feel the impact of it. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>As I write this while working from home on Sept. 8, it is a warm, sunny, perfect late-summer day. Almost too warm. Almost too perfect. It&rsquo;s hard to believe that autumn, followed quickly by winter, will be here before I know it.</p> <p>On Sept. 11, 2001, my circumstances were different: I was living in a different home, had a different job, was &ldquo;almost&rdquo; engaged to a different man, had different dogs&hellip; One thing was the same: it was a warm, sunny, perfect late-summer day and I was working from home. Life could not have been sweeter.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety/fifteen-years-after-911-ehs-today-looks-back" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/fifteen-years-after-911-ehs-today-looks-back#comments Construction Emergency Management MSHA Environment OSHA Industrial Hygiene Respirators Safety News Thu, 08 Sep 2016 17:09:00 +0000 50011 at http://ehstoday.com <p><span>Work continues at Ground Zero of the World Trade Center attacks Oct. 29, 2001 in New York City. </span></p> Mario Tama/Getty Images Smoked Out: Are Firefighters in More Danger than Ever Before? http://ehstoday.com/emergency-management/smoked-out-are-firefighters-more-danger-ever <div class="field-byline"> By Carla Williams </div> <div class="field-deck"> New construction materials are making firefighting more hazardous to the health and well being of first responders, as well as building tenants and homeowners. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>At first glance, our towns and neighborhoods may look safer from fire hazards than they were 50 years ago. Today&#39;s homes and businesses are equipped with more advanced fire and smoke sensors, and firefighters have more durable safety equipment and a deeper knowledge of fire fighting. American cities also enforce strict fire safety codes and other building regulations to prevent fires and minimize risks when they do occur.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/emergency-management/smoked-out-are-firefighters-more-danger-ever" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/emergency-management/smoked-out-are-firefighters-more-danger-ever#comments Emergency Management Respirators Wed, 07 Sep 2016 14:51:00 +0000 49891 at http://ehstoday.com