Sept. 19, 2008
Contact: Office of Communications
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released several public service announcements to help protect employees from hazards such as electrocution and falls from heights during hurricane cleanup and recovery operations.
"In the wake of Hurricane Gustav, and now Ike, OSHA is ensuring that we reach as many people as possible with the information they need to stay safe while they help repair the damage done by these and any future storms," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Edwin G. Foulke Jr. "We want everyone to keep in mind that strong winds and heavy rain can leave many dangers behind them, and employers and employees need to take the proper precautions to avoid serious injury."
The public service announcements, read by Assistant Secretary Foulke and others, and available in both English and Spanish, can be downloaded from the audio news release page of DOL's Web site at http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/audio and OSHA's hurricane recovery Web site at http://www.osha.gov/hurricane#PSA. These messages inform listeners about hazards including falls from heights, carbon monoxide poisoning from generators, electrocution from fallen power lines, lacerations from tree trimming and automobile injuries from working around roadways.
Employers and employees looking for more information or with specific questions should call the department's toll-free helpline at 866-4-USA-DOL (487-2365).
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthy workplace for their employees. OSHA's role is to promote 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. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
U.S. Labor Department releases are accessible on the Internet at www.dol.gov. The information in this news release will be made available in alternate format upon request (large print, Braille, audiotape or disc) from the COAST office. Please specify which news release when placing your request at (202) 693-7828 or TTY (202) 693-7755. The U.S. Department of Labor is committed to providing America's employers and employees with easy access to understandable information on how to comply with its laws and regulations. For more information, please visit www.dol.gov/compliance.