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Occupational Asbestos Exposure is Still a Risk

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

“According to the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety, more than 75 occupational groups have exposed workers to asbestos.” The top five at-risk occupations are: firefighters, industrial workers, power plant workers, shipyard workers, and construction workers. PMI knows that firefighters and those who work at height in industrial locations may be exposed to asbestos at some point throughout their career. We are pleased to share some information from The Mesothelioma Center to help increase education and inform the public of the ongoing dangers of asbestos. You can learn more about the occupations and industries that place people at risk of asbestos exposure at www.asbestos.com/occupations/.

ASSE Releases Several New Safety Standards

Friday, March 13th, 2015

The American Society of Safety Engineers has released several new safety standards, including: ANSI/ASSE Z359.11-2014 Safety Requirements for Full Body Harnesses; ANSI/ASSE Z359.14-2014 Safety Requirements for Self-Retracting Devices for Personal Fall Arrest & Rescue Systems; ANSI/ASSE Z359.15-2014 Safety Requirements for Single Anchor Lifelines and Fall Arresters for Personal Fall Arrest Systems; ANSI/ASSE A10.24-2014 Roofing Safety Requirements for Low-Sloped Roofs; and ANSI/ASSE A10.44-2014 Control of Energy Sources (Lockout/Tagout) for Construction & Demolition Operations. You can find ASSE’s official announcement, and links to the standards, at: http://ow.ly/KgfJW

PMI CEO Loui McCurley Attended AWEA and Delivered Joint Presentation

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Rope Access is a safe and trusted access method in the world of wind energy! At the AWEA Wind Project O&M and Safety Seminar in San Diego, PMI CEO Loui McCurley teamed up with Jonathan Wiley (Rope Partner), Charley Rankin (Rope Partner), Chad Shearer (MISTRAS), and Rob Siegel (ENSA) to deliver a presentation on safe use of rope access in wind turbine operations.

SPRAT Publishes Updates to Section 4 of Certification Requirements for Rope Access Work

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Have you considered certification as a rope access technician? The Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians recently published updates to Section 4 of Certification Requirements for Rope Access Work. You can download a free copy at the Standards page of SPRAT’s website (http://sprat.org/publications/standards/). PMI’s training arm, Vertical Rescue Solutions, periodically hosts certification sessions, as well as classes designed to help you achieve certification. For a list of upcoming classes, visit http://www.verticalrescuesolutions.com/courses/rope-access-sprat/.


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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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