How to Be an Emergency Preparedness Hero

By Peter Ossmann

As EHSQ professionals we all wear many hats and are pulled in multiple directions, but we all should make time to be Emergency Preparedness Heroes in our communities. Do you remember the last time you encountered an emergency or disaster and wished you were more prepared, or had known about a best practice that would have saved you a major headache? Just as there are no secrets in Safety, there are also no secrets in emergency preparedness.

Here are three things you can do to be an Emergency Preparedness Hero:

  1. Visit

This free online resource has a wealth of information on preparedness on a wide variety of topics, with a simple strategy of “Be Informed, Plan Ahead and Take Action” that allows you to move at your own pace and build a set of documents, plans and kits to fit your needs. This site has … Read more...

National Preparedness month, Decline in workplace deaths, OSHA Beryllium rule and more on EHS This Week!

On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in environment, health and safety news:

  • National Preparedness Month encourages emergency planning
  • BLS preliminary data shows decline in workplace deaths in 2013
  • NIOSH updates list of drugs that pose risks to healthcare workers
  • Senate bill aims to improve rail safety
  • Review underway on OSHA beryllium rule

Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you.

Until next week, enjoy the program!

EHS This Week Resources

For more information on the stories and resources mentioned in this week’s podcast, check out the links below.

  • 30 Minutes to a Safer Office. View it here.
  • NIOSH List of Antineoplastic and other Hazardous Drugs in Healthcare Settings 2014. View it here.
  • Recommendations on methods and personal