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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.


Hurricane Supply List

Select Safety Sales has put together a Hurricane Supply List which includes supplies that could be useful in a hurricane or other natural disaster.  The best time to get these supplies together is long before the storm.  It’s always best to plan for the unexpected and be ready if an emergency happens! 

 
General Household Supplies to Pack

  • One gallon of water per day for each person in your household to last for at least three days
  • Non-perishable food to last for 3 days for each person in your household
  • Paper Plates & Cups
  • Paper Towels
  • Roll of Toilet Paper
  • Plastic Utensils
  • Flashlight
  • Lightsticks
  • Lantern
  • First Aid Kit
  • Antibacterial Wipes
  • Moist Towelettes
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Plastic Garbage Bags
  • Cell Phone Chargers
  • Utility Knife
  • Duct Tape
  • Pliers/Wrench
  • Respiratory masks
  • Writing Pad and Pencil
  • Matches
  • Whistle
  • Radio (preferably certified - Public Alert™ standard)  Battery or crank style
  • Extra Batteries
  • Hand Warmers

Individual Supplies
  • Medications
  • Eyeglasses
  • Contact Lenses, Cases and Solutions
  • Feminine Supplies
  • Moist Towelettes
  • Hearing Aids
  • Blankets & Small Pillows
  • Ponchos
  • Extra Pair of Clothing

Children’s Items
  • Infant Formula
  • Baby Food
  • Diapers
  • Moist Towelettes
  • Coloring Books, Crayons and puzzles

Pet Items
  • Pet Pads
  • Pet Food and Water
  • Small plastic bowls
  • Leash and collar
  • Tag with owners name and address
  • Kitty Litter for Cats

Family Documents
  • Waterproof Container to Hold Documents
  • Insurance Policies
  • Identification
  • Bank Account information
  • Medical Information

Items in this hurricane supply list should be packed in a large duffel bag or plastic storage container.  A large duffel bag makes it easier to move from place to place with the supplies.  It is a good idea if it has a shoulder strap because this makes it easier to carry around and leaves hands free.  Large Back Packs are also a good choice.


References:

National Hurricane Center    www.nhc.noaa.gov
American Red Cross            www.redcross.org
FEMA                                 http://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit



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