Request for Assistance: Disseminating Updated OSHA Technical Resources for Hurricane Harvey/Irma/Maria

Posted September 29, 2017 -- Thank you OSHA Alliance Program participants and others for disseminating the OSHA technical resources focusing on hurricane recovery and cleanup operations. OSHA recognizes the strong ties that our alliances and partner organizations have with local communities and we sincerely appreciate your assistance in helping us reach employers, workers, and stakeholders in the hurricane affected areas in Texas, Louisiana, Florida, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. For example:

  • American Pipeline Contractors Association, American Staffing Association, Laser Institute of America, National Association of Landscape Professionals, and Habitat for Humanity are disseminating the OSHA technical resources  to their membership.
  • CPWR- The Center for Construction Research and Training and the Institute for Scrap Recycling Industries posted OSHA hurricane recovery and cleanup information to their website.
  • National Safety Council and CPWR are also utilizing social media, including Twitter, to share OSHA hurricane recovery information.
  • CPWR developed a disaster preparedness app that allows workers exposed to hazards on disaster sites to access a full suite of awareness-level training resources.
  • Coordinating Committee for Automotive repair published a White Paper focusing on the handling, disposal, and repair of flooded vehicles.
  • American Society of Safety Engineers, International Safety Equipment Association, and the National Safety Council members are donating and distributing personal protective equipment to workers and volunteers in the affected areas in Texas and Florida.

As a reminder, OSHA has a wealth of technical resources and products that contain critical safety and health information on expected hazards for cleanup and recovery workers including the OSHA Hurricane Preparedness, Response, and Recovery webpage and the OSHA Flood Preparedness, Response, and Recovery webpage.  To make it easier to find information by hazard or topic, OSHA has consolidated the key resources related to worker safety and health hazards and protective measures on these webpages and in the attached [UPDATED] technical resource list.  In addition, the Secretary of Labor and OSHA have recorded audio public service announcements that are available on the DOL Hurricane Recovery Assistance Page.

We would appreciate your ongoing assistance getting this information out to hurricane cleanup and recovery workers, employers, volunteers, and stakeholders in several ways.  Please disseminate the webpage links above and the attached resource list to your members and stakeholders through email blasts, newsletters, and social media.  If you are providing hurricane response and recovery information on your webpage, we would also appreciate you linking to the primary webpages listed above as well.

For questions and assistance with this resource list and the linked documents, please contact Christopher Lawver, DTSEM/OEMP, at (202) 693-1985, or by email at: lawver.christopher.j@dol.gov.

We appreciate all of your continued assistance in getting critical recovery-related safety and health information into the hands of your members and those who are located in and supporting the affected communities in Texas, Louisiana, Florida, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.    

Thanks,
Doug Kalinowski, Director
Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs