The Six P's of Chemical Safety

All truly effective chemical safety and emergency response programs have at least six elements that make them successful - Policy, Prevention, Preparedness, Procedures, Performance, and Practice. Each of the items is examined and illustrated by successful programs and humorous antedates taken from around the country. TOP

A.S.K. and Ye Shall Receive

Attitude, Skills and Knowledge - Three Elements for Successful Safety Training

A conference presentation that helps the group look at what they have to do in order to be successful in implementing the lessons and ideas learned. Its principal focus is on the three learning domains, Attitude, Skill, and Knowledge. Using these important elements the instructor can begin to help any strident more successful in safety training. TOP

Hazardous Materials - An International Approach

A look at the European and Asian Approaches to hazardous materials preparedness and response. With illustrations of both community and industry oriented approaches are used. This speech allows organizations a truly global benchmark as to their success in emergency planning and response. TOP

Hazardous Materials Past, Present and Future

A look the history of hazardous materials and the lessons learned or not learned from past events. In addition, this speech looks at the present state of hazardous materials and where the future of response, preparedness and prevention of hazardous materials in the United States is headed. TOP

Hazardous Materials are We Addressing The Real Problems?

A unique look at the real problems in hazardous materials response and planning - Cooperation, Communication and Attitude. How to overcome them and what makes emergency planning and response more effective. TOP

What Does Beer, Wine and Hazardous Materials Have in Common?

Beer, Wine and (Haz mat programs) both need 5 things to be great. Location (geographic position in regard to hazardous materials), Soil (Personal, Response and Community Attitudes), Grapes or Hops(Programs and Plans), Winemaker or Brewmaster(People and Systems), finally, Climate (Legislative Environment towards Chemicals and Response). This program looks a successful emergency preparedness and response programs in a unique way. TOP

Safety - Its More Than a Word - It’s An Attitude

This program looks at safety on the job. Are we addressing the real issue of safety, a proper attitude towards chemicals. The program is a detailed examination of current safety and response techniques. It also examines where there is room for change. It also takes a detailed look at the employee and responder and why he does what he does. TOP

The New Integrated Contingency Planning Guidelines

The Integrated Contingency Plan (ICP) will minimize duplication in preparation and use of all existing and future emergency response at the facility or in the community. It will improve efficiency for both the regulated and regulating communities. The use of a single plan eliminates confusion for responders who have to decide which of the above plans is applicable. The ICP is a highly functional document that allows effective operations at the same time provides a system to comply with the regulations and laws. TOP

OSHA H.A.Z.W.O.P.E.R. Compliance and Hazardous Materials Liability Issues

This program looks at the most current OSHA citations and liability issues. It will look at how, what and where OSHA has been issuing citations. In addition it will focus on the specific issues of reducing liability exposures and avoiding serious lawsuits because of what responders have done or failed to do. TOP

Hazardous Materials Now That Its No longer Trendy

A look at the future of hazardous materials safety, response and preparedness. The speech looks at the issues that a current and the trends that will take emergency response into the future. A detailed review or current attitudes and why it has to change. TOP

Decontamination - So You Want to Get Dirty?

A simple but practical look at the concept of decontamination, why, how, when and what methods are all look at. Using a unique approach of a four station system, any responder can begin to set up Decon and additional response agencies can build from the initial stations to create a practical system of cleaning, victims and responders. In the real world we don’t have the luxury of time, resources or manpower to set up a 20 station decontamination line. TOP

Fulfilling Our Mission (One Day at a Time) - The Role of the Safety Trainer

This presentation will look at the critical role a training officer in the process of developing firefighters and emergency responders and in the process build a stronger, safer organization. It Will identify the keys to successful training programs as well as the elements of quality training that really makes a difference to firefighters and emergency responders. The presentation will specifically focus on the one to one relationship a training officer has with his students. This relationship is at the heart of all training in the emergency response community. Training officers can make a difference, the just do it one day at a time. TOP

Training Ideas for The Instructor - Tips, Techniques and Technical Disasters

Training Fire Fighters for almost 20 years the instructor brings a practical approach to what you have to do to make training fun, enjoyable and worthwhile in the firehouse or classroom. Along the way there are some pitfalls, this program will hopefully help you spot the trouble and avoid the traps and at the same time take home some simple clues to a better training session TOP

Understanding Toxicity

In the world of chemical toxicity and exposure there are many terms, concepts and facts that are critical to avoiding serious harm. This program makes the complicated world of toxicity easy for the emergency responder to understand. Once the responder has master the basic concepts of harm they are much more capable of determining emergency actions. All toxic emergencies do not require Level A protection and evacuation zone of 1.5 miles down wind. This program will put much of the classroom rhetoric in perspective for any emergency responder it is “in the street” approach to chemical toxicity. TOP

Safe, Unsafe, and Dangerous - A Practical Approach to Handling Hazardous Materials

This is a practical approach to dealing with chemical emergencies. It is applicable to anyone who responds to hazardous materials releases. Whether you’re industry or fire department personnel this program is designed to keep you alive. It helps identify that there are three distinct areas of a hazardous materials situation. Safe, Unsafe and Dangerous. Recognizing when its safe or dangerous is the beginning of developing a proper mitigation process, site safety plan or emergency response to a chemical spill. TOP

Fire Department’s Changing Role in Terrorism - Chemicals in the Wrong Hands

This program looks how the new wave of terrorist attacks are focusing on hazardous materials and the pernicious use of toxic and explosive substances in creating terror in the United States. In any terrorist event the Fire Department will play a role. How that role is determined and what is needed to be done to correct the problem, tend for the victims and mitigate the emergency is the subject of this discussion. TOP

Emergency Management - From the Colonial Times to the 21st Century

A unique practical look at the change in emergency management from its beginnings in New England and the East Coast during Colonial Times until now, where Emergency Management is synonymous with the West Coast. As we move into the 21st Century we must examine our management techniques, are we creating a new system or are we simply modifying old approaches whose time may have come and gone. Or in fact have lessons learned in the past actually been very good management principles that can still be used today. All of us still, circle the wagons, form picket lines and have skirmishes with wild marauding hordes on a daily basis. This program will look at what has worked, what hasn’t and what will we, the first emergency managers in 2001, take from the last century into the next one. TOP

Hazardous Materials Safety - The Simple “Facts of Life”

This program examines several issues that face all responders to dangerous chemical spills. These facts are crucial to protecting a responder’s life in any emergency. The article will examine each principle which illustrate the real need for a sound, practical approach to successfully handling an emergency. Many of these lessons have been learned in the street at the cost of lives. Recognizing these facts will develop the right attitude to safety at any chemical emergency.

The principles involve some issues such as “Hazardous Materials Are Everywhere, Chemicals Exist in only two conditions - Controlled and Uncontrolled, Always Focus on the Outcome, Haz Mats are The great Equalizer They Hurt Everyone, what you do in the first minutes effects the rest of your life, identify to stay alive, Information is Important but Information management is critical to survival, Where You Stand Influences Your Perception of the Problem and In order to Win You’ve Got to Have a Plan. All these issues have and will make the difference in a hazardous materials spill. These facts of life are truly life saving. TOP

HAZMAT Jeopardy

Patterned after the popular game show, Contestants or teams compete trying to answer specific hazardous material questions and categories. This program is a great way to keep the audience involved and has found to be a good evening activity. TOP



All information © Mike Callan, 2001, unless otherwise indicated