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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Protective Equipment Needed for Hurricane Sandy Clean-Up Workers-Volunteers

Hurricane Recovery Worker / FEMA
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. 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 damage to their own homes as well.

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 hole
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

Please contact OSHA’s Cathie M. Mannion, Assistant Regional Administrator for Technical Support, at if you have any questions about the specific donations or 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 or on what donations are being made and where they are being sent to ensure the efforts are coordinated.

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