OSHA Compliance

OSHA urges Recovery Workers to guard themselves against dangers during Tornado and Storm cleanup Operations

OSHA urges Recovery Workers to guard themselves against dangers during Tornado and Storm cleanup Operations
With residents just about recovering from the damage caused by the storms that occurred recently in the South, OSHA has begun urging workers and the public in general to be aware of the hazards that they may encounter during the cleanup activities.

Emergency response to hazardous situations should not be dangerous to the cleanup workers. Storm recovery activities involve a wide range of safety hazards that can only be minimized if the workers are made aware of these hazards and are taught the right safety practices and how to use personal protective equipment.

Cleanup activities involve restoring communications, electricity, food and water, sewer services, removal of floodwater, demolition work, entering flooded areas, trimming trees, cleaning up debris, repairing structures, repairing roads and bridges, using aerial lifts, cranes and lifting heavy equipment.

Some of the hazards faced include illnesses caused due to exposure to contaminated food or water, downed electrical wires, exposure to heat, electrical hazards, carbon monoxide hazards, struck-by and fall hazards, confined spaces hazards, lacerations, burns or being struck by heavy equipment.

Protective measures involve evaluating the area for hazards, utilizing engineering practice controls, hazard exposure monitoring, following proper hygiene procedures, using personal protective equipment, using equipment correctly, etc.

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