Precautions after a natural disaster are necessary, but they don’t have to be overwhelming. Help protect yourself from health and safety hazards while cleaning up after the storm.
With Atlantic hurricane season in full swing, many people have already prepared their readiness kits and evacuation routes. But in areas that are subject to hurricanes or major flooding, protecting yourself from health and safety hazards while cleaning up after the storm is just as important. By following a few key steps, you’ll be able to help keep yourself safe and set to move forward after a disaster.
Even after the wind and rains have passed, storm-affected sites can still pose potential hazards. Mold and fungi growing on water logged building materials can release spores that may cause an allergic response when inhaled. Floodwaters may become contaminated with harmful bacteria and industrial chemicals. Power lines can fall, tree limbs can dangle, and generators brought in to power restoration equipment can pose the risk of carbon monoxide exposure if not properly vented.
OSHA or CDC’s recommendations for cleanup sites can help you guard against such health and safety risks. And across the board, personal protective equipment (PPE) is a key piece to your preparedness plan – from helping filter the air you breathe to protecting you from falling debris. PPE includes everything from respirators, safety eyewear, hearing protection, hard hats, coveralls and reflective vests and beyond to help minimize the health and safety hazards you many find at a cleanup site.
We want to help keep you safe and healthy, so that in the wake of a natural disaster, you can focus on what’s ahead—recovery and rebuilding.