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Managing Chemical Exposure

Many products containing hazardous chemicals are used and stored in our homes every day. These products are also shipped daily on our nation’s highways, railroads, waterways, and pipelines. Chemical manufacturers are one source of hazardous materials, but there are many others, including service stations, hospitals, and hazardous materials waste sites.

Many communities have Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs), they include local officials, police, fire, and public health authorities. LEPCs are responsible in collecting information about hazardous materials in the community and making the information available to the public upon their requests. The primary responsibility of the LEPC is to develop an emergency response plans to: (1)642-832 identify local facilities using hazardous substances; (2) designate community and industrial coordinators; (3) establish mechanisms of emergency notification; (4) establish procedures for determining the occurrence of a release and an estimation of the affected population; (5) identify community emergency equipment facilities; (6) establish evacuation plans; and (7) establish and schedule training programs for emergency personnel.

Attending to patients who have been contaminated with hazardous materials is one of the most challenging in providing medical care in all hospitals. When we’re exposed to hazardous materials they have the potential to harm us and our environment. These materials can be gases, liquids, or solids, including radioactive and chemical materials. Most hospitals in U.S. lack plans and facilities on attending to their patients who have been exposed to hazardous materials. That’s why Federal statutes require all hospitals to participate in the planning and caring of persons exposed to hazardous materials. They are also required to train to provide protection for their employees who may be exposed while providing medical care. Hazardous Waste Management and Training Services offer programs and training services for you to be aware on how hazardous wastes are taken care of.

Hospitals must have plans for hazardous materials’ incidents and incorporate these to the community plans. These aspects can be included in the plan: triage; personal protective equipment (640-864); decontamination procedures; crowd control; dealing with victims who arrive by private vehicles; medical care after decontamination; public relations and press releases. With these plans, employees must be properly informed or to be trained properly. They can be exposed to chemicals when taking care of their patients. Environmental Consultants in Long Beach can be of help in having these trainings on proper care of self when exposed to hazardous materials.

Hospitals are required to participate in community disaster planning for hazardous material incidents. They are also required to protect their employees from exposure to hazardous materials. They need to plan their treatment and care before getting in contact with their patients. Environmental Consultants in Long Beach are helping their community in disseminating information on what to do when there’s hazardous materials exposure, and they are always prepared in helping them.

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