This post was updated Sept. 8.
September is National Preparedness Month, an official U.S. government awareness campaign on the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could happen at any time.
This year's theme is Prepare to Protect, highlighting how preparing for disaster is an act of protecting those that you love. With hurricane season in full swing, now is a great time to prepare to protect home building workers and jobsites.
Preparing a jobsite before a disaster plays a vital role in ensuring that employers and workers have the necessary equipment, know where to go, and know how to keep themselves and the project safe. All of this should be part of a site's Emergency Action Plan, required by OSHA on certain sites.
Watch the video toolbox talk below for tips on jobsite preparation (also available in Spanish) and visit the video page to download a one-page fact sheet.
When responding to and recovering from natural disasters, workers can face a multitude of unique hazards in working in a post-disaster environment. Have emergency supplies, proper personal protective equipment, and communications devices, such as radios, ready before the disaster strikes.
Once you return to the jobsite, be on the lookout for the most common hazards:
- Contaminated flood waters
- Downed trees
- Exposed electrical wires
- Damaged and unstable structures
- Wildlife interactions
- Household hazardous materials such as asbestos or lead
Watch the video toolbox talk below for disaster response and jobsite clean-up tips (also available in Spanish) and visit the video page to download a one-page fact sheet.