DALLAS AND EBOLA - PERSONAL OBSERVATIONS
During the height of the Ebola concerns in Dallas I was on a business trip to the city. The media was creating a huge amount of hype, covering everything from school closures in the city to a governor wanting to close a water treatment plant because incinerated materials from Dallas hospitals were disposed of at a dump on the other side of the lake. Many were becoming paranoid because of the media attention.
But during my stay in the city I found restrooms with empty soap dispensers in restaurants, people leaving restrooms without washing, people coughing / sneezing without covering their mouths, and basic poor hygiene in the community. With all the media attention what have they learned? In my opinion, not much.
Unfortunately, however, this is not just a Dallas concern as I see it wherever I travel.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that the Norovirus hospitalizes 50,000+ each year and kills approximately 800. They estimate an average of 23,000 people die in the USA from influenza each year. The spread of both diseases, and many others, can be dramatically reduced by proper hygiene. Washing hands, covering the mouth when sneezing / coughing, and disinfecting common areas such as door handles, stair railings, sinks, counters, etc.
It is not Ebola that needs to be feared, it is the lack of vigilance with everyday hygiene and disease that are much more likely to get you.
Darryl Culley, President
Emergency Management & Training Inc.
HAZARD IDENTIFICATION AND RISK ANALYSIS
When we are providing HIRA training, we often encourage municipalities and organizations to look to other work that has already been completed to give them a good start.
The Ontario government has completed a HIRA for the province that is available online for your reference. Check it out here. You may find it useful.
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Over the past 6 weeks we have provided training to several organizations and more than 3,000 people. The most common training has included Incident Management System training, Emergency Operations Centre roles and responsibilities, and fire safety training.
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