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PMI Rope Recycling

Friday, September 10th, 2010

Go green with PMI! To help reduce the waste in our nation’s landfills, PMI has joined with SurePaw to reuse and recycle retired ropes. (more…)

Preparing for the Big One: Qualifying Equipment & Personnel for FEMA/NIMS SAR Response

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

FEMA is in the process of developing criteria for a National Emergency Responder Credentialing System that will provide guidance for personnel and equipment responding to large scale incidents and/or disasters. This system will help to ensure that responders and equipment meet certain minimum criteria, and hopefully increase safety on the ground. Today I will offer an overview of the criteria as it currently stands and will provide guidance on where to find additional information regarding compliant equipment and training information.

The National Incident Management System (NIMS) is an outgrowth of the Department of Homeland Security Presidential Directive 5 (a.k.a. HSPV 5), a presidential policy that was established in 2003 with the idea that we would identify steps for improved coordination in our responses. The policy requires the Department of Homeland Security to work with other federal departments and agencies to establish a national incident management system (NIMS). NIMS is designed to be a systematic, proactive approach to guiding private sector, government agencies, non-government agencies and anyone else who shows up in response to an emergency to work seamlessly together. To repair for, recover from and interact during any kind of an incident whether it’s a natural disaster, man-made disaster or another kind of an emergency. The end goal is inter-agency cooperation.

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WNS and Rope Decontamination

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

With WNS continuing to threaten bat populations across North America, the National White-Nose Syndrome Decontamination Protocol has been updated. With this update, the new suggested decontamination process for gear is to soak for 20+ minutes at 122°F or greater (PMI recommends not exceeding 140°F). This can be achieved by turning up your water heater and putting the gear through a soak cycle on your washing machine, followed by a wash. You can find the complete protocol here.

For further reference, here is information released by PMI regarding decontaminating your ropes with bleach.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns about how to clean and decontaminate your PMI gear: PMI Customer Service – custserv@pmirope.com or 800-282-ROPE (7673).

Updated February 18, 2013

Ok, I bought a rope, so now what?

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

After you’ve made your rope selection, which is a whole other process that will have a blog post on here soon, what do you do with your rope? What do you do after you’ve done all your research and made the best choice for your rope needs? The things to do to maximize your rope’s life are not all that hard to figure out. Here I’m going to break down what you should do from when you receive the box with your rope in it to when you remove it from service in just 6 steps. (more…)

ASSE 2009 Audio Presentation

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

Rescue Plan Development: The Next Step in Your Managed Fall Protection Program

PMI’s own Loui McCurley gave this presentation at the American Society of Safety Engineers, Safety 2009 Conference. The conference was held June 28 – July 1, 2009 in San Antonio, Texas.

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New ANSI Standards for Rescue at Height

Monday, February 16th, 2009

In 1997 a 26 year old man in Omaha, Nebraska fell while performing maintenance work on the side of a structure. Fortunately, the man was wearing a fall arrest system and his fall was successfully arrested, leaving him suspended in his safety harness. A co-worker and other rescuers quickly lowered the fallen worker to the ground and transported him to a medical facility where he was treated for a mild strain/sprain, and then released.

His appropriate use of a safety system and the quick, efficient response of his associates saved his life. Many employees who take a fall at work are not so fortunate. (more…)

Rescue Plan Development: Putting the Pieces Together

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

A well developed Rescue Plan includes contingencies for self-rescue as well as detailed strategies for the rescue of any person who falls, and includes: (more…)

Berry Compliance – Who is Berry Anyway?

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

The Berry Amendment might sound more like a game show than government compliance, but the requirements of the Berry Amendment apply to all procurement (including non-Department of Defense contracts, such as Federal Supply Schedules) in which the contract action is funded by money appropriated or otherwise made available to DoD keep an eye out for this stamp of approval when purchasing equipment.

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