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Flood Hazards

In the aftermath of a flood, there are a number of hazards that you may encounter. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) identifies the following hazards associated with floods.

  • Electrical hazards
  • Tree and debris removal
  • Carbon monoxide
  • Lifting injuries
  • Mold
  • Rodents, snakes, and insects
  • Chemical and biological hazards
  • Fire
  • Drowning
  • Hypothermia (due to exposure to water and cold weather)
  • Exhaustion (due to extended work hours)
  • Heat-related illness

These hazards may result in serious injury and even death. It is important to understand the risks and take the proper precautions when working in flooded areas. OSHA has prepared detailed educational materials about each of these hazards. To review or download the information, click the link below.

OSHA Flood Response/Recovery – Hazards and Precautions

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Mike Schofield

Mike Schofield
President & CEO