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Red Cross Programs for Owners and Builders Prepare Your Building for Emergencies T he list keeps growing: terrorists, explosions, hurricanes, tornadoes, cranes falling, elevators dropping. But is your building safe from the most damaging scourge of all? Bad press. “If something major was to happen on the job site, you know it is going to be plastered all over the news,” warns Elliot Carp, Metro New York regional manager of preparedness, health and safety services for the American Red Cross. Question is, he adds: “is it good PR or bad PR?” The difference is preparedness, says Carp. The most common emergencies — accidents and medical problems — are more mundane than the disasters cited above, of course, but they can be devastating nonetheless, especially when building staff is unprepared. Carp advises owners and managers to make sure building staff or workers on construction sites have emergency numbers at hand and programmed into their phones. As many as possible should be trained in CPR and first aid. And they should be properly equipped. “Make sure they have a robust first aid kit,” says Carp. The Red Cross sells kits for every size operation, including the “Workplace First Aid Cabinet,” for construction sites or buildings with up to 50 workers, for $100. A life-threatening emergency needs to be treated within three to four minutes. In the case of cardiac arrest, says Carp, “we know that every minute without adequate assistance diminishes the chances of the individual getting through it or having additional health issues down the road.” The problem is, explains Carp, “the average response time in the New York City metropolitan area when you call 911 exceeds six minutes — on a good day. Depending on how many people are on a given site, they should have an AED [automated external defibrillator].” A defibrillator placed in a lobby could save a resident’s life. AEDs are easy to use. Voice prompts guide the user through the process. And they are safe: the device analyzes the heart’s rhythm and delivers a shock only when it discovers abnormalities. The New York Red Cross connects building owners and managers with manufacturers for the purchase of AEDs. The defibrillator and first aid kit “go hand-in-hand,” says Carp. Especially at a construction site, “if somebody goes into cardiac arrest, they are not sitting behind a desk. If they lose consciousness, that can be a pretty hard fall for a 200-poundplus person who might bang their head on concrete.” Other emergencies for which staff should be trained include allergic reactions to food or bee stings, asthmatic attacks or diabetic shock. The building or job site would not carry equipment to treat such attacks, like an epinephrine pen, asthma inhaler or insulin, which are available only by prescription, and they may be used only when the victim is unconscious or has given consent while losing consciousness. But a timely and proper response can save lives. • • • • • Red Cross Programs for Building Owners • The free online Ready Rating Program, at www.readyrating.org, provides a 123point self-assessment questionnaire to help owners and managers determine their readiness to deal with every sort of emergency, from medical crises and accidents to natural or manmade disasters. The service provides instructional materials to help construct and implement an exhaustive preparedness program. Emergency response classes. Building staff and management can take classes in CPR, fi rst-aid, AED training and bloodborne pathogens (for dealing with accident clean-up) at the Red Cross of Greater New York headquarters at 520 West 49th Street in Manhattan. On-site classes. Builders and owners can also arrange to have Red Cross instructors come to their building or construction site to lead classes. Emergency preparedness strategies. Owners and managers can have Red Cross inspectors assess their building’s preparedness level, develop an effective emergency response plan and then train and drill the staff in its execution. Additional instruction is offered in every sort of response, including CPR, AED, epinephrine injector and asthma inhaler. Team-Building. Red Cross instructors will come into a building to work with staff to prepare them to deal with a natural or manmade disaster. Ready New York. Offered free by the Red Cross to residents at their building, the 45-minute presentation demonstrates how to create an emergency response plan, build a supply kit, and keep loved ones safe and informed during times of disaster. Participants walk away with an interactive CD that can be used to create a customized evacuation plan and other tools. ● For more information on Red Cross programs in Greater New York, contact Elliot Carp at 212-875-2143 or carpe@usa.redcross.org. For more on the Greater New York Red Cross, visit: http://www.nyredcross.org/ Summer 2012 | 17 http://www.readyrating.org http://www.nyredcross.org/ http://www.naylornetwork.com/abo-nxt/

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ABO Developments - Summer 2012

A Message from ABO Executive Director Dan Margulies
Zone Green The New Zoning Regulations
BuildingsNY 2012 A Spectacular Success
Profi le of a Project Nothing is Simple about Building in New York
Red Cross Programs for Owners and Builders Prepare Your Building for Emergencies
Index of Advertisers

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