Natural Disasters

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Jan 29, 2017
OSHA Hazard Exposure and Risk Assessment Matrix for Hurricane Response & Recovery Work

http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/hurricane/index.html

This tool offers users access to general recommendations, sampling and monitoring data, and employer/employee responsibilities applicable for any employers conducting response and recovery operations after a disaster.

Source: OSHA

Jan 29, 2017
Safety and Health Checklist for Voluntary and Community-Based Organizations Engaged in Disaster Recovery Demolition and Construction Activities

https://www.osha.gov/dts/oohn/disasterrecovery_shchecklist.html

The purpose of this document is to provide voluntary and community-based organizations with a checklist outlining some of the hazards frequently encountered during disaster response and recovery operations.

Source: OSHA

Jan 29, 2017
Fact Sheet: Landslides and Mudslides

http://www.cdc.gov/disasters/landslides.html

This fact sheet, provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, addresses causes, health threats, areas at risk and how to protect yourself from land and mudslides.

Source: CDC

Jan 29, 2017
NIOSH Emergency Response Resources: Natural Disasters

https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/emres/natural.html#earthquake

This page provides information and recommendations for emergency responders about the safety and health hazards associated with responding to natural disasters including tornados, earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, hurricanes, and wild fires

Source: NIOSH

Jan 29, 2017
Oregon Office of Emergency Management: Earthquakes

http://www.oregon.gov/OMD/OEM/pages/plans_train/earthquake.aspx

Visit this site for access to resources from Oregon Office of Emergency Management related to earthquake response and preparedness, including publications and videos.

Source: OEM

Jan 21, 2017
Recommendations for the Cleaning and Remediation of Flood-Contaminated HVAC Systems: A Guide for Building Owners and Managers

https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/emres/Cleaning-Flood-HVAC.html

The following recommendations will help ensure that HVAC systems contaminated with flood water are properly cleaned and remediated to provide healthy indoor environments.

Source: NIOSH

Jan 21, 2017
EPA Topic Page: Natural Disasters and Weather Emergencies - Flooding

https://www.epa.gov/natural-disasters/flooding

EPA cautions the public and all responders about the potential hazards of flood waters,and includes factsheets on drinking water and food and flooding and mold

Source: EPA

Dec 01, 2012
OSHA FactSheet: Mold Hazards during Hurricane Sandy Cleanup

http://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA-FS-3619.pdf

Flood and water damage inside buildings after disasters contribute to the growth of mold. Remediation of mold-contaminated building materials can be done safely.

Source: OSHA

Jun 01, 2009
National Response Team: Guidance for Managing Worker Fatigue During Disaster Operations

https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/oilspillresponse/pdfs/NRT-Fatigue-for-Emergency-Workers.pdf

This Technical Assistance Document addresses worker fatigue during large-scale disaster operations, and is intended to serve as a hands-on manual to assist organizations address fatigue issues among disaster workers.

Source: NIOSH