The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is responsible for ensuring that companies are running safe, healthy workplaces.
Every single week, OSHA drops in unannounced on an average of 1,000 employers to conduct a surprise inspection. With jurisdiction over roughly 7 million worksites, that may very well include your business.
So, how can you prepare for one of these unexpected visits?Read More
October may have just arrived, but winter weather is right around the corner. According to The Old Farmer's Almanac, the Northeast can expect an unseasonably warm, wet winter—but don't be fooled by the higher-than-average temperatures. We're looking at a significant amount of precipitation, which—combined with still-cold winter weather—creates a perfect storm for inclement weather emergencies.
Be prepared to survive a winter power outage. Make sure your home, your business, and your family are ready for the worst this winter with this emergency checklist.
If you’ve been in the tri-state area for the last few days, you’ll know that summer brownouts are a very real threat to homes, businesses, and public municipalities. We’re in the middle of what may turn out to be the longest heat wave to hit the tri-state area in over 50 years.
Both the New York City Emergency Management Department and Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection issued warnings regarding heat exposure and elevated ozone layers. Heat advisories and air quality alerts have also been issued by the National Weather Service.
When it comes to high temperatures, the risk of brownouts increases drastically. Make sure you and your family are prepared in the event of an outage with an emergency backup power plan.Read More
The largest blackout in U.S. history by far was Hurricane Maria, which left hundreds of thousands of residents in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands without power for more than 100 days total. This was not only the biggest, but also the longest blackout in U.S. history.
When Hurricane Maria hit, Puerto Rico was still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Irma (the 4th largest blackout) from only two weeks prior—meaning roughly 80,000 people were already without power as Maria approached.
The real takeaways can be gleaned from the aftermath. Roughly three weeks after the hurricane subsided, 58% of waste water treatment plants were relying on backup generators for power, and only a quarter of hospitals had functioning electricity.Read More
For medical facilities, emergency power plans are a matter of life or death.
When an outage occurs at a hospital, urgent care, or other medical facility, the effects can be life-threatening. Vital services and equipment like medical ventilators, incubators, and dialysis machines rely on electricity to function—and patients rely on them to survive. Loss of HVAC, water pressure, sterilization technology, and refrigeration capabilities can also be devastating for medical facilities.
We’ve talked about preventing power failure in hospitals and assisted living facilities previously, but it’s important to know the impact of a worse-case scenario.Read More
Spring brings with it warmer temperatures, blooming flowers, and, on occasion, strong thunderstorms that can result in power outages. The best way to ensure your safety is to be completely prepared for anything a potential power outage could throw your way.
Here are some tips and tricks to help you make it through the first power outage of spring.
Light It Up
You don't want to sit in the dark, and candlelight only goes so far. Make sure that you've got a powerful flashlight or battery-operated lantern in every room of your house, and let every member of your family know where to find it.
Check to see that the flashlights are functioning every six months, and change the batteries annually. Stock up on batteries of all sizes to ensure that your flashlights and other battery-operated tools don't die when you need them most.