The U.S. Chemical Safety Board is recommending critical safety improvements to the widely-used Emergency Response Guidebook published by the U.S. Department of Transportation for emergency responders to use when confronting chemical fires, explosions and releases of hazardous materials.
Ventlab, LLC. initiated a voluntary medical device removal of certain Ventlab Resuscitator Bags after becoming aware of complaints regarding a sticking duckbill valve that resulted in the resuscitation bags delivering no air through the patient valve, to the patient. Resuscitation bags affected may not function properly and may result in a delay of treatment and life threatening health consequences that include hypoxia and hypoventilation.
NIOSH is revising its policy on the use of Emergency Breathing Support Systems (EBSS), also known as Buddy Breathers. This policy change is being made coincident with the addition of requirements related to the use and operation of these devices in the NFPA 1981, 2013 edition. This policy change will be applicable only to SCBAs meeting the requirements of NFPA 1981, 2013, or subsequent editions. NIOSH will recognize NFPA 1981, 2013-compliant EBSS systems as a part of the NIOSH SCBA approval for users who have received the appropriate level of training. Users will be able to identify approvals for SCBA which incorporate the required hardware by the explicit listing of an additional EBSS statement to the standard cautions and limitations on the approval label. The statement will signify the EBSS components have been evaluated by NIOSH and accepted as meeting the requirements for EBSS under the requirements of NFPA 1981, Revision 2013.
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration advises emergency responders that recent train derailments and resulting fires indicate the type of crude oil being transported from the Bakken region may be more flammable than traditional heavy crude oil. (PDF, 50 Kb)
The U.S. Fire Administration has released an updated report on home fires. From 2010-2012, an estimated 366,900 residential building fires were annually reported to U.S. fire departments. These fires caused an estimated 2,465 deaths, 13,400 injuries and $7 billion in property loss. Download the free report from our website at www.usfa.fema.gov
Learning Objective: The student will be able to explain the hazard assessment and risk evaluation process and the factors to consider for a safe and effective response to a crude oil rail transportation incident. (PDF 141 KB)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to explain the proper safety procedures for working on and around rail tank cars and associated equipment at the scene of a crude oil rail incident. (PDF 128 KB)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to explain the key principles of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Unified Command as they relate to the successful management of a crude oil transportation incident. (PDF, 141 KB)
Learning Objective: The student will be able to explain the key preincident planning considerations for crude oil rail transportation incidents and the key elements of a railroad emergency response plan. (PDF, 125 KB)