Tuesday, August 19, 2014

OSHA Launches Online Earthquake Protection Resources

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OSHA has launched a website with a variety of earthquake preparation resources. Topics include the value of developing of an emergency response plan and dedicated workplace training. Tips include determining safe locations and practicing safety procedures. Hazards to avoid after an earthquake–including collapsing walls, falling objects and fire–are also covered.

Earthquakes can occur at any time at any worksite throughout the U.S., posing a risk of injury, death and extensive damage to buildings and other infrastructure, OSHA says. With this in mind, employers should prepare workers on evacuation and emergency action plans, and provide emergency supplies such as battery-operated emergency radios and medical resources.