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Week of April 22, 2019

Drones for military use are an effective means of surveilance of an area that is unsafe and also a great way to avoid casualties.  When it comes to OSHA, the use of drones is becoming more of a reality!  Initially they were being used following worksite accidents and for areas that were considered too dangerous to enter.  But now it is becoming an efficient way to scope out a facility for inspection.  Currently OSHA can only use drones when it is agreed to by the employer.  There is a fine line that OSHA or any organization should not cross so that its trade secrets cannot be compromised.  Unless an emergency warrants the use of a drone or an employer agrees to the use of a drone during an inspection, then that strategy should be acceptable.  Drone use is going to increase dramatically in the very near future.  It just depends on how far the reach goes.  When used as a helpful tool to help save lives and used as the first line of access to a hazardous situation, it can only benefit everyone.  But there needs to be a rules so that rights are not violated.  Read more in EHS Today about OSHA Drones.


Emergency Defibrillators (AED)

Defibrillators

An AED Defibrillator can save a life when a person is in cardiac arrest.  Having one accessible in an emergency could mean the difference between life and death.


An AED Emergency Automated External Defibrillator restores the hearts normal rhythm during cardiac arrest.  It is a small, lightweight device that is designed to administer an electric shock to restore a normal rhythm to victims experiencing cardiac arrest.  An irregular heart rhythm is called an arrhythmia and it means that the heart cannot efficiently pump blood to other vital organs which will quickly become starved of the nutrients and life sustaining oxygen that it provides.  An AED Defibrillator can jolt the heart in order to restore its normal rhythm by sending an electrical current directly to the heart muscle.

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Survival rates are significantly higher with their use
Approximately 95 percent of sudden cardiac arrest victims die before reaching the hospital due to the length of time it takes for emergency personnel to arrive on the scene. Emergency Defibrillators in public places may double survival rates if there are people trained to use them. They are an absolute necessity in places of business, schools, athletic programs, and organizations. 

Knowing how to use one in an emergency is important

It is important that if an AED Defibrillator is purchased, training is provided for its proper use.   Emergency Personnel should always be called in this type of emergency in order to secure the best outcome for the victim.

Availability is Critical

Several states have passed legislation in recognition of the life-saving potential that AEDs offer against sudden cardiac arrest.  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) "Near Proximity Rule" requires response to life-threatening emergencies within three to four minutes.  Accessibility is absolutely critical.  Though many facilities are placing emergency defibrillators in their buildings, there still needs to be a major "sense of urgency" to install them in convenient locations in protective wall mounting boxes for easy access.

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