Guidance on Personal Protective Equipment Preparedness
ISEA experts have compiled cleanup-related resources to help first responders and cleanup crews be prepared to deal with the various hazardous conditions after natural disasters and severe weather. These resources focus on proper use and selection of safety equipment, risk management, and worker safety. This website will be updated frequently, so please check back for new resources.
RESOURCES FROM ISEA MEMBER COMPANIES
In the aftermath of the disaster, once the area clears, you may be approached with questions regarding disaster cleanup and remediation. Be prepared for these requests by learning about the hazards and activities associated with hurricane cleanup,widespread flooding and damage to property and infrastructure.
OSHA, ASTM and NFPA standards mandate the use and testing of in-service rubber insulating equipment to protect workers from electrical hazards. The Voltgard Test Lab is one of the largest independent testing facilities in the US and is outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment. Please see the attached white papers for more information.
As hurricane, forest fire, mud slides and flood waters recede, they leave behind a mess and a potential health hazard – Mold. Prolonged exposure to mold and the chemicals used in cleanup can result in allergies, asthma, or lung damage. Our whitepaper on Mold Remediation includes NIOSH and OSHA PPE recommendations and a mold remediation Q&A.
Although a catastrophic event may have passed, and the affected area approved for re-entry, the zone itself likely remains a disaster area, and workers and the public are at times unaware of some of the potential hazards they may face during cleanup. Selecting the Right Gear for Head-to-Toe Safety for Disaster Cleanup Workers whitepaper outlines the potential disaster cleanup hazards workers may face and the recommended PPE to protect them during cleanup efforts.
Gentex’s PureFlo line of Powered Air Purifying Respirators lend itself well to applications such as building repair, sheet rock tear-out, handling of appliances that contain hazardous materials, mold abatement and the list goes on. From past experiences with Hurricane clean up the larger contractors are the ones willing to spend money on PAPR due to more complex or sizeable jobs they have to do. Another huge advantage is the fact that there has to be not fit testing done for our PureFlo line of Respirators. Inquiries regarding PureFlo should be directed to Adrienne Hufford at firstname.lastname@example.org
It is one thing to survive a major weather event, it is quite another to then begin the process of cleaning up the devastation. Where do you start? You protected yourself from the storm, now how do you protect yourself from the aftermath, including mold, exposed materials such as asbestos and other factors such as noise from machinery that may be used to help with the clean-up efforts?
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