[Sqg-program] EMS and hospital ER preparedness and response to hazmat/hazwaste emergencies
Tue, 3 Dec 2002 10:44:00 -0500
Sorry for the delay in getting this message out but please review the =
below. Possibly some good training information on EMS and Hospital ER =
preparedness. These types of emergencies have happened to SQG/HHW =
other hazmat staff in Florida and most likely will happen again.=20
Contact Larry McDonald (firstname.lastname@example.org) of the West Florida =
for more information.
FDEP, Hazardous Waste Management Section
2600 Blair Stone Road MS-4555
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
850-245-8749 Fax: 850-412-0528
From: Larry P. McDonald [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Thursday, October 24, 2002 2:44 PM
To: Perrigan, Glen
Subject: Re: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry Web Site
ATSDR has provided a How-To movie and manual training CD on=20
EMS and hospital ER preparedness and response to haz-mat/haz-
waste emergencies. LEPC's received this about 8 months ago. A=20
local hospital in Pensacola copied 70 CD's for us and we=20
distributed to all hospitals and EMS departments in our seven=20
county region as a part of LEPC training efforts.
I would recommend SQG coordinators get ahold of the double set=20
CD called ATSDR: Managing Hazardous Materials Indcidents=20
Including ToxFAQ's - Sept 2001 and perhaps either use it as a=20
training video set for the SQG employees as a part of=20
HAZWOPER, and/or work with their LEPC's to see if a friendly=20
hospital or industry will copy the CD's and get the info distributed. =20
The information can be copied if you get a letter of permission from=20
ATSDR as we did.
Some hospitals are simply not prepared to take on a contaminated=20
patient or number of patients. If it were an SQG employee, that=20
may mean they will either contaminate a whole hospital or ER, or=20
some hospital might panic and go to total lockdown and the SQGer=20
may not get timely treatment at all.
I'm copying to Burt so he can say "Amen."