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Region 5

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Region 5 News Release: 07-1315-CHI
Aug. 29, 2007
Contact: Brad Mitchell
Phone: (312) 353-6976

Storm recovery workers, homeowners and others responding to weather damage urged to seek safety and health advice from OSHA Web site

CHICAGO -- Officials from the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are advising storm recovery and clean-up workers about how to identify and reduce the risk of exposure to hazards and physical dangers they may encounter during recovery operations.

"Our main message is that everyone involved in clean-up efforts needs to be aware of the dangers and take appropriate precautions in dealing with the multiple health and safety hazards they may face," advised Michael G. Connors, administrator of OSHA's Midwest Region. "Whether employed in clean-up operations or repairing the damage to one's own property, individuals may face health challenges such as exposure to toxic water and mold and dangers such as fall hazards, unstable structures, deadly electrical hazards and others."

Connors and OSHA area directors in Wisconsin, Ohio and northern Illinois are advising citizens to visit OSHA's Web site at to find and view fact sheets covering specific hazards, as well as safety advice on working with chain saws, portable generators and other power tools.

"A good place to begin is OSHA's quick reference for employers and response and recovery workers," added Connors. The information is located at

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