In preparation for the multiple tropical storms, typhoons, and hurricanes that are currently active in the Pacific Ocean (Typhoon Mangkhut, Hurricane Olivia, and Tropical Storm Paul) and Atlantic Ocean (Hurricanes Florence, Isaac, and Helene), OSHA reminds everyone of their Hurricane Preparedness and Response Webpage, which outlines several links on preparedness and response and recovery.
OSHA’s Worker Safety and Health Resources for Hurricanes and Flood Cleanup and Recovery website also provides up-to-date listings of OSHA Fact Sheets, QuickCardsTM, and Interagency and OSHA alliance partner publications that will aid in cleanup and recovery operations.
In addition, it is important to prepare your staff on hurricanes and potential flooding that will occur before, during, and after these storms. Here are somethings that can be done to get ready:
- Know the Risks: You can search for general information about hurricanes and risks in your area by visiting www.ready.gov and www.nhc.noaa.gov, or other local/national weather applications.
- Get prepared: As the storm(s) approach, ensure that all employees are aware of accountability systems and how to get in touch with supervisors and/or other employees when disasters affect their area.
- Stay Informed: Know where to get trusted information during a hurricane and monitor the local news and follow directions of supervisors and local officials.
For additional information on disaster preparedness, check out the NIEHS and CPWR app for emergency response and hazardous waste workers: https://safeconstructionnetwork.org/collaborations/new-niehs-cpwr-app-provides-resources-for-emergency-response-and-hazardous-waste-workers-2/