NIOSH Hazard Based Interim Guidelines: Protective Equipment for Workers in Hurricane Flood Response [open pdf - 42KB]
Alternate Title: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Hazard Based Interim Guidelines: Protective Equipment for Workers in Hurricane Flood Response
"The purpose of this interim National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) fact sheet is to provide general guidance for personal protective equipment (PPE) for workers responding in hurricane flood zones. This guidance is based on best available information as of September 9, 2005 and will be updated as additional information is available. PPE selection and use is site and task specific. General guidelines must be adapted to specific conditions. This guidance represents professional judgment based on experience from responses to past storms and floods. Additional interim recommendations will be added for clean-up and restoration operations. These interim recommendations focus on the following hazards associated with response activities: Hazard 1 Sharp jagged debris Hazard 2 Floodwater exposure Hazard 3 Electrical hazards Hazard 4 Contact with blood/body fluids and handling animal and human remains Note: This guidance is not a comprehensive list of hazards and does not include important hazards such as stress or fatigue that are not addressed via PPE."
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/