Hurricane Preparedness & Response: ILMA and OSHA Stand Ready to Assist

September 12, 2018

Our thoughts and prayers are with ILMA members in the path of the approaching Hurricane Florence. To those in the storm's path: We hope you will check in with us after the storm, so we know you and your employees are safe and to let us know if there's any assistance we can provide.

With the National Weather Service predicting that Hurricane Florence “will likely be the storm of a lifetime for portions of the Carolina coast,” OSHA has posted hurricane preparedness and response resources to assist employers and their workers.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act’s “General Duty Clause,” each employer is responsible for the safety and health of its workers and for providing them with a safe and healthful workplace. Accordingly, OSHA looks to employers to protect their workers from the anticipated hazards associated with the response and recovery operations that employees are likely to conduct after a hurricane or other natural disaster.

OSHA’s Preparedness page provides information on creating evacuation plans and supply kits. It also outlines the warnings and watches used for hurricanes, including the five categories used to rate the strength of a hurricane.

The Agency’s Response/Recovery page provides a link to OSHA’s “Hurricane eMatrix,” which includes information on hazard exposures and risk assessments for hurricane response and recovery work. The information also helps workers identify the precautions they should take based on the response and recovery tasks they will be performing.