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EDMONTON, Oct. 19, 2013 /CNW/ - The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) deploys a team of investigators to the site of a rail accident west of Edmonton in Gainford, Alberta. The CN train derailed 13 cars including 4 units carrying petroleum crude oil and 9 units carrying liquefied petroleum gas. TSB will gather information and assess the occurrence.

The TSB is an independent agency that advances transportation safety by investigating occurrences in the marine, pipeline, rail and air modes of transportation. It is not the function of the Board to assign fault or determine civil or criminal liability.

SOURCE: Transportation Safety Board of Canada

Availability of DHS Crude By Rail (CBR) Emergency Response 4-Hour Web-based Training. Here is the information concerning course content and registration:

Course Description — Crude By Rail (CBR) Emergency Response 4-Hour Web-based Training

This program is designed for first responders with railroads passing through their jurisdiction. You will learn basic knowledge to respond to incidents involving CBR. The web-based training is designed for your convenience. You decide when and where to start your training.

Instructors teach this program in a format that is easy for you to understand, and it gives you the foundational information needed to make basic protective decisions in the event an incident happens in your jurisdiction.

The program covers:

  • History of crude oil
  • Planning and working with the railroads
  • Basic tank car recognition and design
  • Chemical, physical, and toxic properties of the different crude oil transported
  • Basic site and damage assessment
  • Tactical product control methods, including the application of firefighting foam agents, water and spill control procedures

Each year I received dozens of e-mail questions, as well as from clients with operations in OH, regarding a “requirement” by Ohio Fire Codes to conduct an “annual evacuation drill”.  Since this question seems to be so popular, I thought I should just post my attempt at an FAQ for OH Fire Drills:

1) Does my facility have to conduct a fire drill? Yes

2) If yes, what is the frequency of this drill? At least annually and possible more often depending on the type of business.

3) Does the State of OH require a written evacuation plan, even though my facility is exempt from 29 CFR 1910.38 (e.g. OSHA's Emergency Action Plan std)? Most industrial facilities/businesses in the state of OH are required to have a WRITTEN Evac Plan.

4) Does the State require a written Fire Safety plan, even though my facility is exempt from 29 CFR 1910.39 (e.g. OSHA's Fire Prevention Plan std)? Most industrial facilities/businesses in the state of OH are required to have a WRITTEN Fire Prevention Plan.

5) Do I have to document my Fire Drill was conducted?  Yes, see below for the required data to be documented.

Here are the requirements and support for my answer to the above questions regarding the State of Ohio's "Emergency Planning and Preparedness" (i.e. drills, plans, and training)...

Every year, thousands of people are injured or killed in stairway-related accidents.  The model building and fire codes provide requirements for handrails along most stairs to give people traversing them a stable and continuous surface to grip. In all but a few cases outlined in the codes, stairways are required to have handrails on each side. Here are some of the general handrail requirements outlined in the codes:

So you have to make the call... Is this an incidental release or would this release rise to the level of sounding the alarm, evacuating the engineroom - thus making this an emergency response?

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