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
- 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
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: