President Obama comments on Natural Disaster in Japan
President Obama has spoken to the nation stating that there are no signs as yet that any radiation has leaked from the nuclear power plants that have been affected by the earthquake in Japan. Japan is suffering the aftermath of the massive earthquake which hit the country in the early hours of Friday morning GMT time.
Concerns surrounding rescuing survivors, aftershocks, further tsunamis and solving problems with damaged properties and commutes mean that it will be some time before Japan is able to return to normality. Obama stated that he has given direction to Steven Chu, the Energy Secretary, to give all the assistance to Japan which is required in the clear up.
Safety Measures Put into Action
Speaking at the White House News Conference Obama stated that although there is no evidence to suggest that any radiation has been leaked, potential precautions are needed to be taken. The government evacuated 3000 residents close to the nuclear power plant who have had problems after the Quake.
The cooling system failed and this has resulted in concerns as even after shutting down the plant the reactor stayed hot. The safety agency have evaluated the problem and have said that in order to solve the issue with pressure inside the reactor, radioactive vapour may need to be released in a controlled manner. Troops who have full training of how to cope with a chemical disaster have been sent to the plant in Fukushima in case there is a leak.
The United States was one of the countries who were given a tsunami warning, and many coastal areas were under full alert. The warnings have now been lifted and the coastal regions in the U.S and other parts of the world have been given the all clear. Both Hawaii and Oregon noticed strong waves, although nothing was damaged.
Obama has already spoken to Naoto Kan, the Prime Minister of Japan, and sent one aircraft carrier to join one which is already stationed in Japan. In the U.S he has told the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help Hawaii and other states which could be affected by a Tsunami. He has urged all of the people living in coastal locations to pay attention to local news and any federal warnings.
Health and Safety Put to the Test
At times like this it is essential to put into action all the necessary health and safety procedures. Risk assessment and health and safety training is tested to the limit. In order to ensure the safety of the public and workers it is essential to have plans in place which are there to help people manage in stressful situations after accidents.
Health and Safety Training exercises and first aid courses can help prepare any team to cope with all the possible problems which may arise in the work place. By having health and safety procedures in place employees are able to minimize the risks and help others who may be in danger.