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ASSE Issues Call for Help for Hurricane Sandy Clean-Up Workers, Volunteers in Need of PPE

Posted in , on Thu, Nov 15, 2012

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF SAFETY ENGINEERS NEWS ADVISORY

DES PLAINES, IL (November 20, 2012) – As the massive clean-up and recovery efforts following Hurricane Sandy continue on the East Coast, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is assisting the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) garner needed personal protection equipment (PPE) through donations to be sent directly to 501c3 organizations in the affected areas or by donating to the ASSE “Sandy PPE Fund”. ASSE members, occupational safety, health and environmental professionals, are also volunteering their time and expertise with the clean-up and recovery, while many have suffered their own damage from the storm.

Devasted NY community following Hurricane Sandy. Photo by Michael P. Voudouris, EMT/Safety Engineer, ASSE NY City Chapter Past President 2010-11

ASSE is asking companies and organizations if they can donate the following safety equipment:

1.    Safety vests

2.    Gloves (a) cloth, (b) rubber chemical resistant and (c) leather to handle tree branches

3.    Hard Hats

4.    Ear plugs

5.    Knee pads, water proof coveralls and cut resistant chaps

6.    Fire extinguishers

7.    Goggles without vent holes

8.    Electrically insulated watertight boots with steel shank, toe and insole

9.    Disposable N 95 respirators but not elastomer respirators

10.  Bags to contain all of the above

Contact OSHA’s Cathie M. Mannion, assistant regional administrator for technical support, at mannion.cathie@dol.gov or 347-996-2041 for specific donation information and delivery locations. OSHA notes that shipping to the individual organizations directly will speed the distribution to the workers. Also, companies should let ASSE know by contacting dhurns@asse.org or dheidorn@asse.org what donations are being made and where they are being sent to ensure the efforts are coordinated.

To donate funds to go towards purchasing PPE for the Hurricane Sandy clean-up go to the ASSE Foundation web site at  http://www.asse.org/foundation/contribute/donation.php where, after designating the donation amount, one would click Other and in the space next to Other put “Sandy PPE Fund”. One hundred percent of the donation will go to the Hurricane Sandy PPE effort.

“At this point, help is much needed,” ASSE NY City Chapter Past President Peter Amato said.  Photos
of some of the areas affected and one of past NY City Chapter President Michael Voudouris shaking U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Solis’ hand  can be found at http://www.dol.gov/dol/media/photos/slideshows/20121105-solis-sandy.htm.

Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the oldest professional safety society. Its more than 34,000 occupational safety, health and environmental (SH&E) professional members are committed to protecting people, property and the environment.  For more information please go to http://nyc.asse.org/ , www.asse.org or www.asse.org/newsroom.

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Contact: Diane Hurns, ASSE, dhurns@asse.org, Cathie M. Mannion, OSHA, 347-996-2041



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