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Whitepaper: Natural disaster clean up hazards and rebuilding ideas

  • Tornado, fire, flood disaster - Learn about the unexpected hazards of natural disaster cleanup and stay safe.

    Be safe and rebuild with inspiration.

    After a disaster strikes, there are many hazards associated with the cleanup process. We understand it can be hard to know where to start. This guide includes helpful checklists for personal protection, with references to useful tools and products to help keep you safe during disaster recovery. Get inspired by ideas for aesthetic improvements during the rebuilding and clean-up process.

    Who should read this: homeowners, business owners, emergency responders, traffic safety professionals, and construction workers cleaning up after a tornado, hurricane, earthquake, wildfire, tsunami or storm.
  • Key insights:

    • Unexpected hazards can cause injuries or death. An assessment of the possible dangers in the environment can help save a life. It’s important to protect yourself from hazards, such as associated with portable generators, electrical hazards, air quality, hazardous spills, confined spaces, working at height, dropped objects, cold stress, heat stress, roadway hazards, and hazardous materials. Don’t let disaster clean-up become another disaster.
    • Every $1 spent on hazard mitigation can save up to $4 in response and recovery costs1. Economic losses arise from the cost of injury treatment as well as lost productivity at work or school. Learn about the impact an injury can have on a worker, a family and a business. Read this brochure to  consider how an injury can impact both your workers and your business.
    • Disaster clean-up and rebuilding present opportunities to restore with aesthetic improvements.  Discover how you can reimage your business brand (or home), with bold, attention-getting, and cost effective graphics on interior/exterior walls, vehicles and windows. Learn about reducing energy costs and curb appeal with roofing materials and window films that insulate from heat and cold.
    • Tips and tools for homeowners and professionals for:
      • Building air quality
      • Avoiding injury
      • Estimating the indirect costs of an injury
      • Creative  ideas for rebuilding your home or business
    • Tips and resources for:
      • Building a disaster supply kit
      • Protection during disaster clean-up efforts
      • NIOSH approved respirators
      • Safe use of portable generators
      • Safety during fire cleanup
      • Fire safety equipment
      • Fall protection training courses
      • Calculating fall clearance
      • Protecting your workplace from falling tools
      • Mobile app for ladder safety
      • OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool for planning outdoor work activities
      • Work zone safety