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Is It Safe for Employees To Work During Restoration?

4/21/2021 (Permalink)

Outside of a commercial building surrounded from flooded waters Storm damage to a building in South Pottstown, PA.

When your commercial buildings have been affected by significant storm damage that requires professional repair and reconstruction work, you may wonder when it's safe for employees and tenants to return. For example, when black water from flooding brings dangerous contaminants into your buildings, how soon will it be safe for people to re-enter your property?

OSHA Regulations

One of your main concerns should be compliance with regulations from the Occupational Safety and Health Act (or OSHA.) the point of these regulations is to make sure that the people in your place of business are assured of "safe and healthful" conditions. Some of the points to consider include

  • Protection from unreasonable danger, including imminent natural hazards
  • Employers must consider obvious safety concerns before asking employees to return to the workplace
  • Employees who feel that they have been placed in imminent danger may complain to OSHA
  • Fact sheets from OSHA are available for commercial property owners

As soon as your property is affected by flooding and during flood cleanup, it's important that your employees and tenants stay away.

Black Water Concerns

What's the big deal about black water? This contaminated water often comes from backed-up sewer systems, flooding toilets, water from storms and flooding, and similar situations. Its origins mean that this water may contain raw sewage, animal feces, harmful chemicals, and hazardous pathogens. When this water gets into your South Pottstown, PA, buildings, you must keep all employees and tenants away. Water damage cleanup and disinfection professionals have the supplies and personal protective equipment to safely resolve the problem.

Professional Cleaning Results

Once any demolition, reconstruction, and disinfection work have been completed, cleanup professionals may tell you that your buildings can be used again. During the cleanup and restoration process, a variety of cleaning, disinfection, and air filtration supplies are used to create a safe environment. At this point, your commercial property should be safe once again.
Black water and other hazards that result from storm damage pose serious risks. As an employer and property owner in South Pottstown, PA, you have the responsibility of ensuring the safety of the people working and living in your commercial buildings.

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