Alaska Gov. Bill Walker issued a pair of proclamations on April 24 that declare May as both Building Safety Month and Water Safety Month in the state.
Cardiovascular disease, cancer, and chronic diseases are the first recommendation because stress is such a big factor affecting public safety workers' health, it says. Sudden cardiac events are responsible for 7 to 22 percent of on-duty deaths among police officers, 17 percent among wildland firefighters, and 11 percent among EMS workers, it says.
"Burning upholstered furniture presents a significant fire issue that demands a solution to protect both citizens and first responders," said Christian Dubay, vice president of NFPA's Engineering division. "Unfortunately, creating a test method to assist in addressing this part of the fire problem has proved quite challenging and ultimately resulted in the council's decision."
The board also will consider and possibly vote on a proposed change to Board Order 022, the CSB Recommendations Program, which is how the independent agency hopes to prevent serious accidents. Recommendations are included in CSB final reports.
Hot work should not be done where flammable vapors or combustible materials exist. Both the work and the equipment being used by the welder should be placed outside any hazardous area.
A Job Hazard Analysis is the most critical part of the job—this gives us an opportunity to go in the field with operations and review, recognize, and control hazards at the job site or in the area.