Aug. 29, 2007
Contact: Brad Mitchell
Phone: (312) 353-6976
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 www.osha.gov 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 www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/hurricane/recommendations.html.
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 assure the safety and health of America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health.
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