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OSHA Urges First Responders, Recovery Crews, Public to Protect Themselves from Hazards After Recent Tornados and Floods

May 7, 2024 – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration reminds first responders, recovery workers and people living in areas of Oklahoma and Texas hit by recent storms including flooding and tornados, to be vigilant amid hazards associated with storms including, power loss, structural damage, fallen trees and storm debris.

Storm recovery hazards may involve dangers related to restoring electricity and communications, removing debris, repairing water damage, fixing, or replacing roofs and trimming trees. Only allow people with proper training, equipment, and experience to handle recovery and cleanup.

OSHA offers Emergency Preparedness and Response resources including information on flood and tornado preparedness, response, and safety tips to assist employers and workers.

Emergency Preparedness and Response | Occupational Safety and Health Administration (osha.gov)

Flood Preparedness and Response – Introduction | Occupational Safety and Health Administration (osha.gov).

Tornado Preparedness and Response – Introduction | Occupational Safety and Health Administration (osha.gov)

Icon  Description automatically generatedPeople involved in response and recovery efforts may call OSHA’s toll-free hotline at 800-321-OSHA (6742).   

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to help ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education, and assistance. Learn more about OSHA.

Author: Matt Janson

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