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MSDSonline Improves Hazardous Chemical Communication for Emergency First Responders with Plan1 Service

Date: 2015-07-01
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MSDSonline, the leading developer of cloud-based environmental, health and safety (EHS) solutions has debuted its Plan1 first responder information sharing service, which allows companies to provide emergency response teams with quick and easy access to their unique site-based hazardous chemical inventory information. This streamlined sharing of information helps first responders better assess, plan and prepare for the potential risks associated with emergencies.

MSDSonline created Plan1 in response to growing concerns around chemical hazard communication between its customers (facilities with chemicals) and the first responder community. A taskforce organized around Executive Order 13650 and led by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently uncovered that chemical information is often underreported and frequently out-of-date when first responders arrive.

“Emergencies can happen anywhere at any time – that’s why it’s essential to have a plan in place to better prepare your workforce and first responders so any dangers are well contained and pose no additional threat to the surrounding community,” said Mike Flynn, VP of product development & strategy at MSDSonline. “Many companies are required by law to provide detailed chemical hazard information to their first responders; however, the information isn’t always as comprehensive and current as they would like. Plan1 is a supplemental tool that offers the most critical and up-to-date data directly to response teams so they can make more calculated decisions about how to approach emergency situations. Our hope is that Plan1 prevents larger emergency disaster situations from occurring, while also helping to better protect the people who run in when everyone else runs out.”

Plan1 allows for the real-time, seamless distribution of critical hazard information to first responders, who are all-too-often forced to address emergencies without access to a clear and accurate picture of potential on-site chemical dangers. A report released by FEMA in November 2014 found exposure to hazards accounted for 19 percent of all fire-related firefighter injuries reported to the National Fire Incident Reporting System from 2010 to 2012. 

The Plan1 service is currently available at no additional cost to MSDSonline customers. Safety managers using the HQ or HQ RegXR account can simply enter in the local first responder information, and the cloud-based system sends chemical inventory information directly to those contacts. Visit www.msdsonline.com/plan1.aspx for more information.

- Product Profiles/9-1-1magazine.com (MSDSOnline, 6/18/15)

Photo: Hazmat responders on scene of a 3rd alarm hazmat fire in 2002.  9-1-1 magazine file photo by R.D.Larson/San Jose (CA) FD

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