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Be Tornado Ready...OSHA Requires It!

Tornado Safety Is Your Responsibility

Each spring, severe weather, including tornadoes, can occur. According to OSHA, you, the employer, are responsible for providing a safe workplace. This includes protection from tornadoes!

We can help you with a comprehensive tornado preparedness plan. Call us today to get started.

In the meantime, this article includes an overview of tornado preparedness and recovery, and links to additional information to help you save lives – and stay in compliance.

The Key: Advance Preparation

Because tornados can strike with little or no warning, taking precautions well in advance of potentially dangerous storms is perhaps the single most important step you can take. These precautions include:

  • Developing an emergency plan with provisions for suitable places to take shelter, policies to ensure all personnel are accounted for, and procedures for dealing with any on-site hazardous materials
  • Having appropriate communications equipment and other supplies, such as personal preparedness kits
  • Learning tornado warning signs, such as a dark, often greenish sky, large hail, a large, dark, low-lying cloud (particularly if rotating) or a loud roar, similar to a freight train. NOTE: Employees should seek safety immediately if any of these warning signs is present!
  • Monitoring tornado watches and warnings

Recovering from a Tornado Strike

Once the tornado has passed over, you and your employees may still face potentially deadly hazards, including additional storms, downed electric lines, and sharp or unstable debris. Risk of heat stress and hazards from recovery equipment such as portable generators may also exist. Workers will therefore need to take special precautions in order to stay safe during response and recovery operations. Employers are also required to protect workers from these and any other anticipated hazards!

More Information

Call us today to let us help you firm up your tornado preparedness plan.

You can also consult the following web sites for additional information:

http://www.osha.gov/dts/weather/tornado/index.html

http://www.ready.gov/tornadoes

http://www.nssl.noaa.gov/edu/safety/tornadoguide.html

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