One way to offer assistance to your workers after flooding damage

by on September 1, 2011 · 0 Comment POSTED IN: Workplace Safety Network

Looking for a checklist and followup materials to help keep workers safe when cleaning up after flooding?

If so, consider OSHA’s Response/Recovery page. It provides information on making an evacuation plan, emergency supply kits, and flood watches and warnings.

What’s covered
The Response/Recovery page provides useful details on the hazards to avoid when flooding has occurred.

This includes areas to avoid when using a vehicle, and safety and health hazards such as:

  • Electrical hazards. Downed lines and water add up to a serious hazard.
  • Musculoskeletal hazards. Moving heavy items and using awkward postures are normal during flood cleanup
  • Hazardous materials. Damaged containers may have released toxic materials that require specialized handling to clean up safely. The same goes for biohazards.
  • Exhaustion from working extended shifts. It’s natural to want to get things back in order as soon as possible.


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