In the wake of cyclone Debbie, many Queensland businesses will be spending the next couple of weeks cleaning up the debris left behind. Even in these difficult times, it’s important to stay vigilant in terms of your workplace health and safety. Here are our top tips for ensuring that you, volunteers and your employees stay safe during your business clean up.
ASSESS THE DAMAGE: Begin by assessing the damage caused and what work needs to be done, also ensure that you identify any hazards and note how to remove them in a safe manner. Plan out the order in which work should be completed so no new risks are unintentionally introduced and put measures in place so that if anything does go wrong, you and your team are prepared. Make sure that you have all the appropriate tools and safety equipment and that they are all in good working order.
ORGANISATION: Once you have made a full assessment of what work needs to be done and identified any risks or hazards, you’ll need to organise your work force. Dividing your clean-up crew into teams and assigning team leaders will help make the clean-up process much smoother, with teams being designated particular tasks. Before starting work, ensure that everyone is aware of potential hazards, health and safety procedures, emergency procedures and what to do in the event of an accident where someone is seriously injured.
WATER DAMAGE & FAUNA DISPLACEMENT: Arguably the two most dangerous hazards to watch out for when cleaning up after a flood are water damage to electrical equipment and wild animals that have been displaced due to severe weather. To avoid you or your clean-up crew suffering severe injury due to electrical damage, make sure to call a licensed electrical contractor to assess and repair any damage before beginning work. As for displaced wildlife, make sure your clean-up teams stay vigilant for snakes, spiders and other animals. If you do find a dangerous animal, alert the rest of the team, vacate the area and contact the appropriate wildlife authority. Do not attempt to move the animal yourself as this will aggravate it and could result in serious injury. We also strongly advice against harming or killing any wildlife, remember that humans aren’t the only species affected by severe weather conditions.
For expert advice on staying safe while you clean up your business, contact the team at Tony Lane Consulting today. We’re available 24 hours 7 days.