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In the Loop What’s Your Family’s Safety IQ? throughout these facilities, and explain that in the right conditions only an ignition source is needed A s summer wanes and kids go back to school, UL is reminding parents to think of something besides school supplies and new backpacks: safety. to set off an explosion. The video also features news footage and still photographs that depict Each year, children sustain an estimated 14 mil- actual damage caused by these three explosions, as lion potentially disabling unintentional well as other accidents, including the explosion at injuries in the U.S., UL reports. Part of Imperial Sugar Co. in Port Wentworth, GA, which the problem, UL says, is that not all of caused 14 deaths. the correct safety information is being According to CSB, the video points out that dust communicated to children. For exam- accumulations can be readily prevented by following ple, UL found that most children did NFPA standards and other industry best practices not choose the safest option when that have been in place for many years. CSB hopes asked what they would do in the event that watching the video will prompt companies to of a fire emergency. Only 47% knew to ask, “Could this happen in our operation?” get out of the building right away, while nearly half would put them- New Fall Standards From ASSE selves in danger by trying to call 9-1-1 (26%) first or trying to find a parent or teacher (22%). “Identifying A NSI recently approved three new ASSE stan- dards aimed at preventing fall hazards in the workplace. The three standards are: ANSI/ASSE and taking advantage of teachable Z359.6-2009, Specification and moments can go a long way toward Design Requirements for Active preventing accidents,” says UL’s John Fall Protection Systems; ANSI/ Each year, children Drengenberg. “Back-to-school time is the perfect ASSE Z359.12-2009, Connecting sustain an estimated opportunity to test your children’s safety IQ and Components for Personal Fall 14 million potentially provide opportunities to help them learn and prac- Arrest Systems, and ANSI/ASSE disabling uninten- tice safe behaviors.” Z359.13-2009, Personal Energy tional injuries, in part What can parents do? UL suggests the following Absorbers and Energy Absorb- because they aren’t as a starting point. A complete checklist is available ing Lanyards. The new stan- getting all of the cor- at www.ul.com/consumers. dards will be available soon and rect safety informa- •Get out and stay out. The first thing to do in the will become part of ASSE’s Fall tion, UL reports. event of a fire is to get out of the building. Discuss Protection Code with an effective date of Nov. 16, the importance of learning and participating in fire 2009. The Fall Protection Cod
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