REPUBLIC STEEL DEVELOPS PLANT PROTECTION PLAN
Plan Already in Use in Cleveland Being Expanded to Other Mills
WITH a number of its important operations located in what the Federal Government terms a critical area. Republic Steel Corporation has developed a plant protection plan designed to meet every emergency which might result from enemy bombings. Under this plan, the company will have approximately 7000 employees thoroughly trained in some phase of protective work throughout the Corporation.
Already set up in detail in its Cleveland, Ohio, mills, the protection plan is being rapidly expanded to other of Republic’s producing units.
So that there may be absolute uniformity in both the organization and in the execution of the plant emergency protection plans, the company has prepared a series of four booklets, which not only describe the organization in detail but also outline, in ABC fashion, the functions of the organization and the course of instruction which should be followed.
The basis of the protection plan is the organization set up for emergency firstaid protection for employees. The Fire Prevention and Protection Organization follows the First Aid Organization in detail so that there will be no division of authority at any point and so that all of the protective services will function as one close-knit, co-ordinated unit.
Heading the emergency organization is the district manager, with the superintendent of industrial relations acting as his lieutenant. Under the superintendent of industrial relations is the emergency protection supervisor, who is in detailed charge of the organization and execution of the plan. Under the emergency protection supervisor, the plant organization is broken into two main sections.
The Safety Department supervises all instruction, provides necessary equipment for carrying out the first-aid, rescue and fire worn, trains the men and organizes them into brigades, keeps an accurate record of their training, establishes an educational program for employees. and provides the means of communication between the operating departments and the head of the protection services.
The other branch provides for a detailed organization in each department. Wardens are appointed and men are assigned to the first-aid and fire brigades. A running check is kept on all equipment and daily inspections of the equipment are made. Lists of the trained personnel are posted in each department and exact instructions are given so that each man knows exactly where in the plant, and how, he is to function in case of emergency.
The plant emergency protection system is divided into eight main divisions. These include:
Electrical Maintenance and Communications. which has charge of all communicating systems, trains for emergency blackouts, directs blackout activities, sets up lighting facilities, develops air-raid signals, trains and provides a messenger service, and maintains a close connection, through the safety supervisor, with the local civilian defense authorities.
Police and Traffic are responsible for the training of an organization of auxiliary police, the regulation of plant traffic, for the organization of first-aid transportation facilities, and see that division heads and alternates report immediately to the company’s control center in case of emergency.
Safety and Health has direction of the training of squads to handle all types of bombs, is responsible for the handling of bombs which fall within the plant area, for providing food in case of emergency, and co-operates in the general educational campaign.
Transportation has charge of all railroad equipment together with its disposal and operation.
Fire Brigades Trained
Fire—selects and trains fire brigades, is responsible for the removal of fire hazards, decides on the exact location of fire-fighting equipment, sets up and maintains a fire alarm system, develops regular fire inspections, keeps running check on water supply, selects and assigns fire watchers, and keeps in close contact with the local fire departments.
Mechanical Maintenance directs repairs, locates air-raid shelters, and has an available pool of trained men to handle emergency work.
First Aid trains and organizes firstaid squads, co-operates with the plant physician so that the dispensary can function as a base hospital, distributes and checks emergency first-aid equipment, locates first-aid stations, and keeps all records of men who are trained or are being trained.
Engineering supplies construction details of plants, buildings and equipment together with necessary diagrams, charts and boards for the operation of the plant control center.
Detailed instructions are given on the sequence in which plant executives are to be notified in case of an emergency, together with the activity which follows the receipt of the yellow, blue and red signals from the local Civilian Defense control center.
By thoroughly and completely training thousands of men in various phases of emergency protection, the company is at the same time performing a valuable service to the local Civilian Defense organizations, in that these men are avail able for service in their home sectors when they are not in the plants.
The protection plan is designed to keep the large majority of the men at work during any emergency so that there will be no halt in the production of iron and steel essential to the prosecution of the war.
Chief Schwenk Resigns
Chief William F. Schwenk has resigned as Chief of the Yankton, S. D., Fire Department, to enter defense work. His resignation was effective as of October 1.