Published: October 17, 2021

Safety Amidst Disaster Relief

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District Officer's Introductory Course

As of October 8th, 2021, there have been 18 large-scale weather or climate disasters including droughts, floods, severe storms, hurricanes, and wildfires. These disasters leave homes destroyed, infrastructure in disarray and people suffering. Thankfully, organizations like the US Army Corps of Engineers have been trained to enact disaster relief plans across the United States. These brave men and women help rebuild homes and infrastructure and provide aid to those affected by these disasters.

EM 385-1-1 Safety Manual

As you can imagine, there is a lot of planning and regulation that goes into providing relief in the wake of natural disasters. Responders need to be trained to safely handle operations like first aid, work at heights, and excavation. The USACE uses the EM 385-1-1 safety manual, which outlines the safety guidelines employees must follow on all military construction and engineering projects. Site Safety Health Officers (SSHO’s) working for the USACE manage, implement, and enforce environmental safety training and health programs.

Annual SSHO Training Required by USACE

Each year, SSHO’s must complete an 8-hour refresher course to stay up to date on the latest safety standards set by the USACE. Hard Hat training is now offering an 8-hour EM 385-1-1 for USACE personnel looking to fulfill their continuing training requirements. Our course outlines everything you will need to create site safety and rescue plans. It also covers many other safe work practices such as first aid, handling hazardous materials, implementing fall protection, and more. Check out our comprehensive course on our catalog, available soon in the Hard Hat Training Series!

Here at Safety Provisions Inc., we also want to extend our thanks for the services provided by all members of the USACE, who not only aid those affected by natural disasters, but who also make our country a safer place.

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