OSHA Warns of Hazards for Rescuers in Louisiana Clean Up

OSHA is reaching out to Louisiana residents, as well as emergency workers and the general public, asking them to be aware of hazards they may encounter while recovering from the impact of recent floods.

Benjamin Ross, OSHA’s Acting regional administrator in Dallas recovery work should not put you in the hospital emergency room,” He added: “A range of safety and health hazards exist following flooding. You may minimize these dangers with knowledge, safe work practices, and personal protective equipment. OSHA wants to make certain that all working men and women, including volunteers, return home at the end of the workday.”

OSHA has made the following recommendations for protective measures:

  • Evaluate the work area for hazards;
  • Employ engineering controls to mitigate hazards;
  • Use PPE, assume all power lines are live; use equipment
  • Use equipment properly; and
  • Take safety precautions in work zones.