Puerto Rico Disaster Recovery

In the fall of 2017, Hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico. Despite the official relief efforts from the United States government, much of the island remained in conditions ranging from poor to desperate in the aftermath of the storm. Dr. Sergio Augusto Caporal Filho, Ph.D., CSP, CIH, Professor and Coordinator of the Industrial Hygiene program at the University of Puerto Rico, sent out an urgent appeal to the industrial hygiene community through a letter to AIHA and Workplace Health Without Borders-US. His letter urged the IH community to help Puerto Rico by sending items such as personal protective equipment to the Graduate School of Public Health where faculty and students were spending much of their spare time in disaster assessment and recovery. These recovery efforts required hard hats, protective gloves, safety glasses, and related PPE to protect those doing this vital work.
Dr. Caporal Fihlo’s plea was answered immediately by many individuals and organizations sending both money and supplies. Premiere Safety in Chesterfield, Michigan was among the first to respond and WHWB-US was proud to assist in this effort. Two pallets of personal protective and monitoring equipment were sent to protect volunteers from physical, chemical or biologic hazards resting from the effects of the hurricane. Please continue to think of the Puerto Rico recovery efforts as we enter into the holiday season.

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