Happy first day of spring! We may have finally left winter snow and ice in the rearview mirror, but other severe weather still lies ahead. Here at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, we know the best way to weather a storm is to be prepared for it.
Each year, we experience severe weather outbreaks across the country, including intense tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, major floods, and other extreme weather that exposes workers to roof collapses, dangerous debris, and other hazards. These severe weather events are often unpredictable, and pose a real threat to businesses and their workers.
The time to prepare for severe weather emergencies is now, not when they occur. Workers need to be protected before, during and after storms to ensure they return home safely at the end of each shift. In addition, those who clean-up and rebuild after our storms need extra protections as well!
This is why OSHA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have teamed up to share information with workers and employers on the unique hazards that severe weather poses.
We encourage employers to stay aware of weather forecasts, train workers on workplace severe weather plans, and keep emergency supplies (including a battery-operated weather radio) on hand when severe weather strikes.
Be a force of nature and prepare your workplace today for severe weather!
Mandy Edens is the director of OSHA’s Directorate of Technical Support and Emergency Management.