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OWS Comprehensive Plan for Health Safety

OWS Comprehensive Plan for Health Safety

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Published by: Justin Wedes on Nov 11, 2011
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Comprehensive Plan for Health & Safety
Liberty Plaza, NYC
 The community at Occupy Wall Street (OWS) in Liberty Plaza (or Zuccotti Park) is committed to ensuring the health, safety, and security of all campers and visitors to the park. Therefore,we’ve worked collaboratively with many working groups to produce the following action steps,approved by the General Assembly on Thurs., Nov 10:
 Establish an OWS Fire Department (“The People’s Firehouse” or Fire Dept. of LibertyPlaza, FDLP) immediately, staffed by trained experts with current NYS Fire Certificationand housed in a tent at the park, open to the general public.Buy an Eagle Safety Can and Cabinet Combo, holding 5-gal Type I safety cans, to behouse off-site in an indoor location for storage of all flammables.Limit the handling of gasoline, biodiesel and all flammable or combustible substances toindividuals trained in their careful use and storage. A designated, trained person presentat all times for this task.Offer training in the proper handling of these materials to anyone wishing to obtain it,and certify this training is in place internally with live practice drills using mock-ups andnonflammable liquids before allowing assistance in this capacity within The People’sFirehouse.Ensure that any generators being used are the legal fire code distance from any tentor tarp structure within the park, and that these generators are behind a barrier thatrestricts their access safely from passersby and residents.Clear areas around generators of cardboard, plastic and other flammable materials.Open up paths of egress for safe, timely exit in case of emergency.Strategically place fire extinguishers throughout the campCreate a Fire Watch Patrol of volunteer firefighters, and add this to our existing SafetyCluster.Hold regular teach-ins in fire safety and emergency preparation, both to Fire WatchPatrol members and to park residents in general.Communicate this plan to Mayor’s Office, and our fire protocols to the FDNY.Have an interim plan (see below) for powering the Media Center and other vital workspaces during the enactment of this plan. * Purchase of an EAGLE Safety Can and Cabinet Combo from LSS – Lab Safety Supply 
Just one purchase helps us stay in compliance with flammable liquid storage regulations.These combination packages fill Eagle’s best-selling safety cabinets with 5-gal Type I safety cans.

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