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MANY SECURITY MANAGERS are responsible for the safety as well as the security of their sites. If you currently do not have safety responsibilities, you should take them on if the opportunity arises. The additional responsibility not only enhances your career but also provides increased job security.

Assuming safety responsibilities requires that you be familiar with a variety of issues, including fire prevention, machine protection, and hazardous chemicals. Workplace safety regulations are overwhelming. Specific regulations include the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's CFR 29 and state right-to-know and fire regulations.

In addition to regulations, you should follow standards such as those provided by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Although standards are not law, your facility's safety program will be compared to them should an accident occur and civil litigation ensue.

To keep abreast of ever-changing safety and fire protection regulations, standards, and equipment, you should take advantage of the many educational resources available.

Sources of safety-related information include the following:

American Society of Safety Engineers 18 East Oakton Street Des Plaines, IL 60018-2187

ASSE offers professional safety workshops, conferences, and training sessions nationwide as well as an assortment of safety-related books and a monthly magazine, Professional Safety. Other educational opportunities are available through local chapters, which offer luncheon meeting speakers, seminars, and workshops.

National Safety Council 444 North Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60611

NSC offers programs through its Safety Training Institute in Chicago. Courses range from introductory-level safety and health programs to right-to-know and fleet safety curricula. NSC provides additional information through numerous books, periodicals, and educational video and slide study packages.

National Fire Protection Association 1 Batterymarch Park PO Box 9101 Quincy, MA 02269-9109

NFPA offers training seminars covering its own nationally recognized codes, which are the national fire protection standard. NFPA also provides some of the best publications on the market, including handbooks on specific NFPA codes. Also available are training packets for industrial and commercial fire departments and video and slide training packets covering general, industrial, and home fire safety.

International Fire Service Training Association Oklahoma State University Stillwater, OK 74078-0118

IFSTA offers handbooks, slides, viewgraphs, and videos on fire fighting and fire prevention. Its publications, such as Essentials of Fire Fighting, have been adopted as standard training texts for national fire fighter certification and are endorsed by NFPA.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration Training Institute 1555 Times Drive Des Plaines, IL 60018

The OSHA Training Institute provides free one- and two-week training programs for both private industry and government agencies. There is no better place to learn about OSHA CFR 29 than from the source. In addition, a variety of free handbooks and study guides are available, and audiovisual aids can be borrowed through OSHA's regional offices.

National Emergency Training Center/National Fire Academy 16825 South Seton Avenue Emmitsburg, MD 21727-8995

This combined training center operated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency provides free training programs on emergency management and fire protection. Training packets and satellite broadcasts on the Emergency Education Network are also available. The center provides free correspondence courses through county emergency management agencies nationwide.

Whether you are a seasoned security and safety administrator or have recently been handed new responsibilities, these sources of fire and safety education can help you establish a program and stay abreast of the latest changes. By taking advantage of these educational resources, you can ensure you have the knowledge needed to perform professionally.

Daniel J. Benny, CPP, MA, is director of public safety for Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, PA, and an intelligence officer with the US Naval Reserve. He is a member of ASIS.
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Date:Sep 1, 1990
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