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August 17, 2012

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Safety Alert Issued on SCBA Facepiece LensesOn July 2, 2012, the NFPA issued a safety alert recommending that fire departments, academies and emergency service organizations inspect all self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) facepiece lenses before and after each use. Any SCBA facepiece lens found to have cracks, crazing, bubbling, deformation, discoloring, gaps or holes should be immediately removed from service and a replacement issued. The alert came after several NIOSH fatality investigations and additional research found SCBA facepiece lenses may undergo thermal degradation when exposed to intense heat. Read the full alert and recommendations here.

Occupational Health & Safety Virtual Event Sept. 6
The OH&S Virtual Event is a "meeting of minds" for Health & Safety Confined Space Safety Signprofessionals that brings together industry thought leaders. The online event includes educational sessions, product expo, whitepapers, content downloads and more. Topics will include confined space entry, Reputation management after an occupational crisis, Compliance with new transportation and safety regulations and Secondary containment for hazardous materials. Learn more here. Browse Confined Space safety signs here or Hazardous Materials signs and labels at

NOAA Raises Hurricane Season Prediction
Hurricane Evacuation SignThis year's Atlantic hurricane season got off to a busy start, with 6 named storms to date, and may have a busy second half, according to the updated hurricane season outlook issued Aug. 9 by NOAA's Climate Prediction Center. The updated increases the chance of an above-normal season to 35 percent. NOAA's seasonal outlook projects a total of: 12-17 named storms, including 5-8 hurricanes with 2-3 major hurricanes. Read more here or Browse Severe Weather / Area of Rescue signs and labels at

NFPA Offers Online Electric Vehicle Safety Training for First Responders
EV Station signThe NFPA recently launched an online electric vehicle safety training course for first responders. The online curriculum is based on the classroom-style sessions currently being delivered across the country. The self-paced program will provide first responders with the knowledge they need to safely handle emergency situations involving EVs, HEVs, PHEVs and charging stations. The online curriculum includes information about the newest technology and safety systems found in the growing number of hybrid and electric vehicles on the road. Read more here.

New All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Safety-at-Work Fact Sheet
ATVs were first introduced in the U.S. for agricultural use in the early 1980s. Since then, ATVs have become popular for recreation - and most recently they have become a valuable asset at work. With more than 10 million in use, it is important to know the hazards associated with ATVs and how to operate them safely. Download an ATV Safety Fact Sheet from the CDC here (pdf).

Protect Workers from Growing Risk of West Nile Virus
First Aid signThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging people to take steps to prevent West Nile virus infections transmitted by infected mosquitoes. This year, some areas of the country are experiencing earlier and greater activity, with 42 states reporting infections in people, birds, or mosquitoes. Almost 80 percent of the cases have been reported from Texas, Mississippi and Oklahoma. There are no medications to treat, or vaccines to prevent, West Nile virus infection. The best way to prevent West Nile virus disease is to avoid mosquito bites. These steps can help:

  • Use insect repellents when you go outdoors.
  • Wear long sleeves and pants during dawn and dusk.
  • Install or repair screens on windows and doors. Use air conditioning, if available.
  • Empty standing water from outdoor items.
Learn more at the CDC website.