OSHA urges employers and workers involved in cleanup after the recent floods in Texas to avoid potential hazards and take steps to protect themselves.
For certain workplaces, chemical exposure could be a concern. Employers should evaluate chemical workplace hazards and create a chemical inventory, which is part of a workplace hazard communication program.
“People must be aware of possible hazards—from chemically contaminated water to unstable structures—created in the aftermath of the disaster,” said John Hermanson, OSHA’s regional administrator in Dallas.
“Everyone involved in the cleanup needs personal protective equipment and proper training to prevent injury and illness. The safety and health of the public is a priority.”