Hurricanes Irma/Maria Recovery

The Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act requires employers to comply with hazard-specific safety and health standards.  In addition, employers must provide their employees with a workplace free from recognized hazards likely to cause death or serious physical harm.  OSHA has many resources available to help fulfill its role during all phases of a response to a catastrophic incident.  If you need help assessing hazards at your worksite during the cleanup and recovery phase, please feel free to contact us.  

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Here are some helpful hints to observe following a natural disaster:

  • NEVER touch a fallen power line.They may be live and could hurt or kill you. 
  • Turn off the electrical power at the main source if there is standing water.  DO NOT turn on power or use an electric tool or appliance while standing in water. 
  • Avoid contact with overhead power lines during cleanup and other activities. 
  • Wear waterproof boots and gloves to avoid floodwater touching your skin. 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and clean water, or use a hand-cleaning gel with alcohol in it. 
  • Avoid tetanus and other infections by getting medical attention for a dirty cut or deep puncture wound. 
  • Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning by placing generators, pressure washers, charcoal grills, camp stoves, or other fuel-burning devices outside and away from open doors, windows, and air vents. 
  • Clean your home or office as recommended to stop mold.  NEVER mix bleach with ammonia, because the fumes could kill you.