OSHA provides hurricane recovery materials, tips

Informational materials produced by the Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration are helping employers and workers better address safety and health hazards associated with hurricane clean-up and recovery. "Our goal is safe and healthy workers," said Acting OSHA administrator Jonathan L.
By Staff December 1, 2005

Informational materials produced by the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration are helping employers and workers better address safety and health hazards associated with hurricane clean-up and recovery.

“Our goal is safe and healthy workers,” said Acting OSHA administrator Jonathan L. Snare. “These materials provide concise, expert information that will help workers avoid the vast array of hazards they will encounter during the Gulf Coast clean-up and recovery operations.”

OSHA safety and health experts have already developed 37 fact sheets and eight “quick cards”-two-sided, 4-by-9 inch cards with safety and health tips-on hazards such as molds and fungi, downed electrical wires and general decontamination, to name a few. Thousands of these “tools” have been printed, laminated and put in the hands of clean-up and recovery workers throughout the Gulf Coast area.

In response to specific requests from workers and employers, OSHA is developing more quick cards on demolition, hydrogen sulfide, lead in construction, permit-required confined spaces, struck-by hazards during hurricane recovery and tree trimming. Additional information on other topics will be developed on a continuing basis.

Hurricane-related job safety and health information is easily accessible for downloading through OSHA’s hurricane recovery page on the Web. This site, which is updated daily, features links to public service announcements to inform workers about hazards related to response and clean-up.