Disaster Cleanup Safety Tips


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Injury or illness can occur when cleaning up your business following a disaster. Disasters result in obvious hazards such as downed power lines and contaminated waters and hidden dangers such as molds and toxins. Taking the proper cleanup precautions means you can get back to business sooner and safer. The following resources provide tips and advice to help you get safely back on your feet.

General Resources

The following resources from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and OSHA provide general guidance and information on cleanup issues:

Guide to Cleaning Up Safely After a Disaster

Offers fact sheets, videos and podcasts covering a number of topics relevant to small business owners.

Prevent Illness After a Disaster

Gives information on how to protect you and others from getting sick as a result from a disaster.

Prevent Injury After a Disaster

Provides advice on how to prevent injury when cleaning up after a disaster.

Among other subjects, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published information on:

Cleanup hazards during natural disaster recoveries 


Workers' safety following hurricanes.