OSHA releases earthquake safety information
Washington – OSHA has launched online resources on how to protect workers from earthquakes.
One webpage discusses how employers and workers can prepare for an earthquake by developing an emergency response plan and conducting workplace training. Tips include identifying “safe places” and practicing safety procedures.
A webpage about response and recovery provides information on hazards to avoid after an earthquake, including collapsing walls, falling objects and fire.
Worksites throughout the United States are at risk for earthquakes, which can occur at any time of the year and cause injury, death and extensive damage to buildings and other infrastructure, OSHA states.
Employers should train workers on evacuation and emergency action plans, and provide emergency supplies such as battery-operated emergency radios and first aid kits, OSHA states.