I was on a major construction project that involved heavy machinery, equipment and a lot of man power. The site that was chosen for this project was unique as it was the former site of a massive steel mill. As was the case in the late 70's early 80's during the shutdown boom of the steel belt, the company simply closed the doors, demolished the building and put all of the rubble in the ground and capped it. Sweep it under the carpet right? On this job a contractor was using a hydraulic hammer bit on an excavator breaking apart all of the old rubble. Chipping away one-by-one it seemed like a task that was relatively safe, until one morning where it all changed.
Poisons include anything from medication, cosmetics, cleaning products, inhalants and poisonous animals. For more than 50 years, National Poison Prevention Week has been observed during the third week in March, focusing on the danger of commonly used medicines and household hazardous chemicals.
Preparedness is defined by DHS/FEMA as "a continuous cycle of planning, organizing, training, equipping, exercising, evaluating, and taking corrective action in an effort to ensure effective coordination during incident response." This cycle is one element of a broader National Preparedness System to prevent, respond to, and recover from natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other disasters. Planning makes it possible to manage the entire life cycle of a potential crisis.
"13 dead in D.C. shooting", "Mass Murder Stuns Friends of Victims", "Gunman Kills 5 Co-Workers and himself", these types of headlines are getting to be the norm in our society these days. The question for workers and employers is how do we identify these potential perpetrators through behaviors, and how do we deal with issues before they escalate.