10/02/2006

New Fire Protection Module added to Shipyard Employment eTool

The US American Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) launched a
new Fire Protection Module as part of its interactive Web-based training tool
Shipyard Employment eTool.

Shipyard work is traditionally hazardous, with an injury-accident rate more
than twice that of construction and general industry. This eTool describes
common hazards and possible solutions for tasks performed during the ship
repair process.

The module focuses on the importance of protecting shipyard employees from fire
hazards while conducting ship repair, shipbuilding, shipbreaking, barge
cleaning and other work-related activities through implementing an effective
fire protection plan. It is important that employees learn to recognize,
respond and provide corrective action during a fire crisis, so the module also
offers users access to training information on "fire watch" and "fire response"
activities.

The eTool features additional modules describing the common hazards and
potential solutions to those hazards associated with ship repair, shipbuilding,
shipbreaking and barge cleaning.

This newly added chapter includes:

  • Fire Safety Plan
  • Precautions for Hot Work
  • Fire Watches
  • Fire Response
  • Fixed Fire Extinguishing System Hazards on Board Vessel
  • Land-side Fire Protection Systems
  • Training

"This is a crucial addition to a very important resource that helps educate
employers and employees on the steps they can take to ensure their safety in
the event of a fire while performing shipyard work," said OSHA Administrator
Edwin G. Foulke, Jr. "The Fire Protection Module builds upon the viable
information in the eTool that helps employees identify job-related hazards and
learn about possible solutions."

OSHA's eTools are stand-alone, interactive, Web-based training tools on
occupational safety and health topics. They are highly illustrated and utilize
graphical menus. Some also use expert system modules, which enable the user to
answer questions, and receive reliable advice on how OSHA regulations apply to
their work site.

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AplusA-online.de - Source: U.S. Department of Labor  Occupational Safety & Health Administration