Original Date: 08/20/2001
Revision Date: 12/14/2006
Best Practice : Emergency Response Team
The Emergency Response Team provides response services for hazardous material spill events and health-related situations within Lockheed Martin Naval Electronics & Surveillance Systems-Surface Systems, and operates as backup resources for local rescue units. The team’s average response time of 30 seconds contributed to saving two lives in 2000.
Safety concerns for employees in the early 1970s created the hazardous material (HAZMAT) arm of the Emergency Response Team (ERT). In 1977, the medical arm of the Team was established. The success of these units enabled ERT to expand and provide employees at Lockheed Martin Naval Electronics & Surveillance Systems-Surface Systems (NE&SS-SS) with additional services including medical treatment, fire response, chemical/spill cleanup, high angle rescue, and confined space monitoring.
This advanced team of well-trained employees has created a benchmark program for other businesses to imitate. Using well-equipped, mobile HAZMAT spill response carts and health emergency lockers strategically placed throughout the facilities, ERT ensures immediate response time to any on-site emergency. On-going training, cross training, and situation drills keep this professionally dedicated team of experts ready for all situations. In addition, all employees at Lockheed Martin NE&SS-SS are trained to dial 7777 in the event of an emergency. If necessary, county Emergency Medical Technicians are contacted; however, Lockheed Martin NE&SS-SS’ ERT consistently responds within 30 seconds.
Lockheed Martin NE&SS-SS continues to aggressively work toward ensuring safety in all situations. Employee training extends into the community through volunteer efforts of the company’s employees. ERT handled more than 55 incidents in 2000, and is attributed to saving two lives by utilizing defibrillators.
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