TAMU-Q EMPLOYEE SAFETY TRAINING. EMERGENCY RESPONSE AT TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY AT QATAR. Emergency Response:. Illness and injury Fire Building Evacuation. Illness and Injury….
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TAMU-Q EMPLOYEE SAFETY TRAINING
TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY AT QATAR
If you notice someone who is ill or witness someone get hurt while at work, notify your supervisor immediately and follow basic first aid guidelines.
Regardless of your level of skill or degree of first aid training, if you find yourself in a true medical emergency, always call QF Security at 454-0999 or 492-7999 for emergency medical assistance immediately..
Only provide assistance within your ability but keep a close watch on the victim until help arrives.
If the victim is conscious, ALWAYS ask if them if you can provide assistance. If they do not want your help, respect their request!
If someone accepts your offer to help – remember, before providing assistance:
PROTECT YOURSELF FIRST
Make sure the area where the victim is located is safe for you to enter. Do NOT become a victim yourself.
Safety includes an awareness of your surroundings.
Before helping the victim, put on proper personal protective equipment such as gloves.
Gloves are available in the first aid kits throughout the building.
Many diseases are passed from one human to the next through blood and saliva.
You can become infected through splashes of bodily fluids to your eyes, nose and mouth as well as from breaks in the skin.
A hang nail or rash on your skin can be a route of exposure.
Check to see if the victim is responsive.
An indicator of the seriousness of a medical emergency is the inability to wake the victim.
TIP: If the person is conscious, always ask if you can offer assistance and wait for a positive response before doing so.
Before providing basic first aid assistance – make sure you or someone in the area has called for an ambulance.
After caring for your own safety, checking for responsiveness and calling for help, it is important to check ABC's.
ABC stands for:
If a person's airway is blocked, he or she won’t be able to speak.
If a victim is conscious, ask him or her to speak.
If a victim is unconscious, put your ear close to the victim's mouth and listen for breathing. Feel for air on your cheek and look at the chest to see if it or the abdomen is rising with each breath.
If you do not see, hear or feel breathing, administer CPR immediately but only if you are trained to do so.
If the victim is breathing normally, place him or her in the recovery position.
Look at the victim's color and feel his or her skin temperature to see if he or she has signs of circulation.
If you do not think the victim has circulation and is not responding to you, CPR may be required.
The Recovery Position – this position helps to keep the victim’s airway open.
If the victim is bleeding, follow the steps below to help control the bleeding while you wait for the ambulance to arrive:
Note: Applying a tourniquet is rarely done as significant damage to the limb can result from application of a tourniquet. Only apply a tourniquet in extreme circumstances where a choice between life or limb must be made!
If the person is sitting or standing:
If the person is lying down or unconscious:
If someone you are trying to help has other injuries such as burns or is exhibiting symptoms such as seizures, keep them as comfortable as you can and wait for help to arrive. Provide first aid within your capabilities.
If the illness or injury is not immediately life threatening, you should only provide basic first aid if you are trained to do so.
As the ambulance is responding to your emergency, there are some things you can do:
Once the ambulance arrives, give way to the EMT’s and provide any and all information that you believe can be of assistance.
What is fire?
Chemistry of Fire
In order forfire to occur four things must be present, Oxygen, Fuel, Heat, and a Chemical Chain Reaction. This is represented by the Fire Tetrahedron.
When any of the four items are removed, the fire will go out.
Fire extinguishers function by removing one of the four components of the Fire Tetrahedron.
CLASS A:wood, paper, rubber, cloth, trash having burning embers, or other ordinary combustible or fibrous material.
CLASS B:Flammable liquids, such as gasoline, oil, paints, grease, kerosene, and solvents.
CLASS C:Electrical equipment that is energized, such as appliances, switches, panel boxes, and power tools.
CLASS D:Combustible metals, such as magnesium, titanium, potassium, and sodium, that burn at high temperatures and give off enough oxygen to ignite. These metals may react violently with water or other chemicals, and must be handled with caution.
CLASS K:Fires that involve cooking oils
Preventing fire is the best way to avoid injury and damage.
Here are some hints…….
(Class A fire)
Keep all work and storage areas free of waste and trash.
Be careful while smoking or using any other type of open flame.
(Class B fire)
Store all flammable liquids in tightly closed containers.
Store flammable liquids away from sources of flame, heat or spark.
Only use flammable liquids in well ventilated areas.
Never refuel equipment when it is hot, when in a confined space, or in the presence of open flame.
Dispose of all flammable waste in covered, metal containers.
Never smoke around flammable materials.
(Class C fire)
Report any electrical hazards to your supervisor immediately.
Look for old or faulty wiring, worn insulation and broken electrical fittings.
Keep all electrical motors clean and in good working order.
Avoid overheating electrical equipment.
Always use properly rated fuses.
Never overload electrical circuits and outlets.
Be aware of unusual odors from electrical equipment, which could be the first sign of fire.
Which one of these things am
I supposed to use!!!!
Each class of fire requires a specific type of fire extinguisher.
In some cases, using the wrong type of fire extinguisher can actually make the fire worse.
But it’s easy to figure out!
Class A fires require a Type A extinguisher.
Class B fires require a Type B extinguisher.
Class C fires require a Type C extinguisher.
Class D fires require a Type D extinguisher.
Class K fires require a Type K extinguisher.
So how can you tell what type of extinguishers are in your area?
The face plate will say if it is an A, B, C, or D extinguisher!
Most extinguishers are combination extinguishers and will say A B C
Look at the extinguishers in your area and be aware of what type they are!
Well, I know the classes of fires and I can identify different types of extinguishers so…
How do I use this thing?
Use the PASS method
ULL THE PIN
IM THE NOZZLE AT THE BASE OF THE FLAME
QUEEZE THE TRIGGER
WEEP THE EXTINGUISHER FROM SIDE TO SIDE
P A S S
Some points to be aware of….
Never try to fight a fire when:
As few people as possible should stay and fight the fire.
If you are not needed, get out while you can!
Did you know the average fire extinguisher will run out of fire extinguishing media in approximately 25 seconds.
Are you required to use a fire extinguisher if fire breaks out in the building?
NO! Only do so if you have been trained to use one and you feel comfortable in doing so.
Take note of all of the emergency exits in the areas that you frequent. Take these exits from time to time to become familiar with where they lead.
Do NOT use courtyard exits!
TAMUQ Faculty, Staff, Student and Visitor Rendezvous Point
TAMUQ Faculty, Staff, Student and Visitor Rendezvous Point
For faculty, staff and students in the LAS Building:
Evacuate the building using the nearest exit and gather together in the parking lot on the south side of the building. Qatar Foundation Security has assigned TAMUQ employees in LAS to Rendezvous Point #13. Look for the sign outside of the building.
In order to stay safe you must stay as far from the building as you can get yet still be in the vicinity of Rendezvous Point #13.
Stairwells, both inner and outer, are good places to be used as Areas of Refuge because of the fire rating of walls and doors in the space.
Do you know what the evacuation/fire alarm sounds like?
Are you aware of at least 2 exits or paths of egress from your work area that lead to the outside of the building?
Do you know how to activate the alarm and where alarms are located?
Do you know where the established rendezvous points are located for your building?
What does the service provide?
UPD have been issued a contact list for applicable TAMUQ representatives.
Upon receiving a call from Qatar, UPD have been instructed to collect specific information concerning the emergency.
Upon completion of the emergency call, UPD will contact a TAMUQ representative and give them all of the necessary information.
This system will guarantee that an emergency call is answered by a person from Texas A&M who is qualified to obtain the necessary information needed to address the emergency.
To save time for the person in crisis by allowing them to reach help with only one call instead of numerous calls.
To ensure the call for help is answered immediately. Whenever the emergency call for help is made – that call will be answered and the needs of the caller will be met to the best of the University’s abilities.
You or a family member are involved in an automobile accident requiring TAMUQ assistance at the scene or police station immediately following the accident. Specifically this applies to situations where:
* The police are requiring the driver to sign a statement at the scene and the driver cannot read for his or herself the contents of the statement because it is written in Arabic.
* The police immediately detain the driver or a passenger at the scene of the accident .
You or a family member are detained by authorities for any reason.
Death of an employee, family member, visitor
This number should not be used for incidences where you have time to locate a TAMUQ official on your own.
This number should only be called when the situation is extreme and time is of the essence.
IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS:
Qatar Foundation Security: 454-0999 or 492-7999
589-4146 (emergencies only)
24 hour TAMUQ emergency #: 423-0399
Remember to dial “9” first when making an outside call from the TAMUQ building.
Finally – you should ensure your safety when in the building after hours, on the weekends, or during holidays!
For emergency purposes – it is good practice to let the security people know when you are in the building and where you will be working.
Keep in mind when it comes to your personal safety….
“Safety is not a written policy or rule. It is not a piece of equipment or article of clothing. Safety is a state of mind.”