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Flooding - Aid for businesses beginning to rebuild

Posted at 5:02 PM, May 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-02 18:02:53-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Recent flooding has impacted business owners and farmers across Nebraska in a big way. Many of them are picking up the pieces and unsure of where to begin. For those cleaning up work sites, the Nebraska Department of Labor (NDOL) says they are ready to help.

“Department of Labor safety and health consultants routinely conduct scheduled visits to help businesses assess and mitigate potential hazards, but flooding can bring up safety and health issues that some businesses may not have encountered in the past,” said Commissioner Albin. “Any business owner dealing with a known hazard or who wants to learn more about potential problem areas due to flooding is encouraged to contact us to schedule a consultation.”

NDOL says people need to be weary of electrical and safety hazards, mold and potential pathogens left by floodwaters.

They say the program offers the following services at no cost employers:

· Walk-through safety and health assessment

· Employer-employee training

· Ventilation system evaluation

· Air sampling and analysis

· Air quality assessment for OSHA regulated substances

· Comprehensive written reports

· Hazard communication, safety data sheets and training

· Assistance with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

· Assessment of trenching and/or digging operations

· Evaluation of heavy equipment operations near electrical lines and excavations

· Demolition safety and health evaluation

· Noise assessments

· Hazard communication, safety data sheets and training

· Hand tool and portable power tool safety

· Mold remediation safety and health

· Assistance with placement of ladders and scaffolding

· Blood borne pathogens assessment

· Electrical system evaluations

· Machine guarding

· Respiratory protection help/assessment

Those interested, can call for a free, on-site safety and health consultation by dialing 402-471-4717