OSHA’s Emergency Preparedness and Response

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With Hurricane Florence poised to hit the coasts of North and South Carolina and adjacent areas, OSHA is calling attention to its Emergency Preparedness and Response webpage, reminding employers to “plan ahead,” “know the hazards” and “keep safe.”

The site includes resources to help keep workers, including first responders, safe during and after emergency events such as:

  • Natural disasters and extreme weather (earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, etc.);
  • Biological, bomb/explosion, and chemical incidents or radiation emergencies; and
  • The spread of disease agents and toxins (anthrax, botulism, Zika, Ebola, pandemic influenza, etc.)

The Response/Recovery page features a link to OSHA’s Hurricane eMatrix, which features information on hazard exposures and risk assessments for hurricane response and recovery work.

The information in the matrix is organized based on the types of activities performed so that it is easy for workers to identify the precautions they should take based on the tasks they will be performing.

The resources have information on how to prepare and train for the emergencies and any hazards that may arise.

The pages also provide information for employers and workers across industries, and for workers who will be responding to the emergency.