Evaluate the work area for hazards.
Once the area is evaluated, Employers should take steps to reduce or eliminate exposure to a hazard, such as by guarding the pinch points associated with a machine's moving parts, providing ventilation to a permit-required confined space, using heavy equipment with temperature-controlled cabs, and placing barriers around the swing radius of rotating heavy equipment, OSHA says.
Assess the stability of structures and walking surfaces.
Consider the contaminants normally associated with the task/operation and those associated with the site conditions resulting from the effects of the hurricane (e.g., release of unknown chemicals, entry into confined spaces that may now be permit-required), the agency says.
8. Fall Protection - Training Requirements
Assume all power lines are live.
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Whenever possible, eliminate the hazard from the work area (e.g., repair or remove fallen electrical power lines before allowing other work to proceed in the area). Although desirable, elimination and substitution may not be options for most airborne/chemical hazards created by a natural disaster.
Use chainsaws, portable generators, ladders and other equipment properly.
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Use personal protective equipment, such as gloves, hard hats, hearing and foot protection and eye protectors.
Employers should provide the following specialty PPE post disaster: eye and face protection, high-visibility apparel, hand protection, work clothing, leg protection and respiratory protection.