PORT NOTES

Pandemic Influenza Planning

From the desk of Captain Jeffrey Monroe, MM, AMPE Every port and terminal should take the time now to update or develop an annual influenza and pandemic plan. In many cases, these plans are similar sides of the same coin. There are a number of guides that have been published on line and managers should also meet with local health officials to see what might be unique to their region. Begin with a policy that includes pandemic preparedness and meet with employees regularly to educate them about practices along with safety and other workplace issues. Other key actions include according to OSHA: Be aware of and review federal, state and local health department pandemic influenza plans. Incorp

Planning for the New Normal

Well into the current pandemic, ports and terminals are thinking about getting back to normal, or to the extent they can, a new normal. How should we prepare as ports and terminals for ramping back up when stay at home orders begin to be lifted? For starters, develop a Policy for Healthy Workplace Environments and have it reviewed by local health officials and approved as a policy document. There are a number of good guides available from the USCDC, World Health Organization, US and Canadian Health Units, and OSHA. Essential personnel and workspace options should be outlined in your new or updated policies. In addition, polices should designate a coordinator who looks after implementation

Port Facility Best Practices During the Coronavirus Pandemic - Courtesy of IRPT

Our partners at the Inland Rivers Ports & Terminals association has provided us with Port Facility best practices that they have compiled from a number of port facilities. We're sharing it here with full credit to the IRPT. COVID-19: Port and Terminal Facility Best Practices For all workers, regardless of specific exposure risks, it is always a good practice to: Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. When soap and running water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand rub with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands that are visibly soiled. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. To facili

Writing the New Playbook

From the desk of Captain Jeffrey Monroe, MM, AMPE Recognizing that we have not gotten through the current pandemic, how can we prepare for the next one? Those who have been involved in emergency management drills always wrap up an exercise with what is called a “hot wash”. To that end, what should we be doing now to undertake a “hot wash” while we are in the midst of dealing with the current pandemic, insofar as we are able to do so safely. Here are a few things to consider: 1. Log all actions and activities undertaken to set up a record of a timeline on how your port or terminal responded to issues and when. 2. Keep a detailed record of your actions including what you did, who was respon

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