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February 20, 2013

Carnival Cruise Crew Members Responded Properly: Would Your Workers?

Think for a second: if your organization had a major crisis would you know how to react?  Would you know the proper procedures in handling an emergency according to your company’s emergency plan?  Does your company even have an emergency plan that you’re aware of?  Emergencies and disasters almost always catch us by surprise, but if we  set procedures and action plans in place ahead of time we have a better grasp on how to respond quickly and effectively.  This is why proper training is critical for the livelihood of your workers and possibly, customers.
Recent Example: Carnival Cruise
The recent cruise catastrophe, involving the Carnival Triumph, made crew members aboard gain first-hand experience in putting their emergency plans to the test.  According to a United States Coast Guard official, courtesy of the New York Times, “the fire that disabled the Carnival Triumph cruise ship began when a fuel line connected to one of the vessel’s engines sprang a leak.”  Investigators of this incident said the crew responded properly to the fire.
Luckily the crew aboard this ship knew how to respond to prevent catastrophic damage to the ship, as well as keep the passengers aboard safe, as best to their ability.  Events, such as this, should make organizations re-assess if their employees would know how to react in an emergency.
Mastery’s “Emergency Planning” training course provides imperative information in creating a plan along with the importance of proper training to implement the plan when needed in the time of an emergency.
On top of a dead engine aboard the Triumph, passengers and crew members had to deal with the repercussions of having no power.  The no power occurrence created food shortages along with overflowing toilets which led to the use of “biohazard” bags for make-shift toilets.  Potentially unsanitary moments, like this, promote the chance of spreading bloodborne pathogens.  Bloodborne pathogens are viruses and bacteria that can cause diseases in humans, and are exposed to others through mucous membrane, non-intact skin, and puncture wounds. The course “Bloodborne Pathogens” helps employees gain knowledge on contamination, exposure routes and universal precautions in the workplace. Making sure your workers know how to react if a high risk of exposure occurs, is essential in keeping the work environment safe.


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