TO: All RCUH Principal Investigators and Employees
FROM: RCUH Human Resources
SUBJECT: Safety Hazards for Hurricane/Tropical Storm Ana
During a hurricane/tropical storm, employees may be exposed to additional safety hazards. It is important to be aware of these additional hazards as they may compromise workplace safety. OSHA has provided a list of various safety hazards that may occur during a hurricane/tropical storm. They are:
- Hazardous driving conditions due to slippery roadways
- Slips and falls due to slippery walkways
- Falling objects (tree limbs and utility poles)
- Flying objects (outdoor equipment)
- Electrical hazards from downed power lines or downed objects in contact with power lines
- Falls from heights
- Burns/fires caused by energized line contact or equipment failure
- Exhaustion from working extended shifts
Below are some general safety precautions that can be taken:
- Hazardous Chemicals: Store all chemicals, fertilizers, and other toxic materials in a safe, secure area of the premises to avoid any chemical spills.
- High Winds: Board up windows and glass doors to avoid shattered glass and close blinds/curtains. Be aware of any fall/trip hazards that may develop due to wind.
- Outdoor Items: Secure any items that may be blown away or torn loose. If possible, secure them indoors to avoid any possibility of creating additional hazards.
- Driving: Avoid driving is possible. If it is necessary to drive, do so with extreme caution.
- Electrical Safety: Unplug all non-essential electrical appliances and avoid contact with any loose electrical wiring.
- Communication: Prepare a contact list or phone tree to facilitate communications during severe weather.
National Hurricane Center: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare/
American Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/hurricane
Zurich 48-Hour Hurricane Video: http://www.screencast.com/t/sIeLY6iPb