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SC OSHA providing safety supplies during flood recovery

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - As the state begins to recover from the flooding South Carolina has experienced in recent weeks, SC OSHA said it will provide safety supplies to emergency workers, employers and the public to aid and promote safety.

“SC OSHA is in intervention mode right now for those affected by the floods and those who are helping South Carolinian's clean up and rebuild,” SC OSHA Administrator Dottie Ison said. “We want to offer our expertise and assistance to everyone during this time.”

Employees traveling around different areas of the state will stop and observe cleanup efforts. Where people are working in potentially dangerous situations or without necessary safety supplies, OSHA employees will educate and give safety supplies for free. Those supplies include hearing protection, safety glasses, gloves, dust masks, reflective vests and Tyvek coveralls.

Any person in need of safety supplies can call SC OSHA at 803-896-7665. 

Cleanup work can involve many hazards and potential dangers whether a person is tree-trimming, structural, roadway and bridge repair, hazardous waste operations and emergency response activities.

As such, SC OSHA offers the following tips for people involved in recovery:

  • Evaluate the work area for hazards.
  • Employ engineering or work practice controls to mitigate hazards.
  • Use personal protective equipment.
  • Assume all power lines are live.
  • Use portable generators, saws, ladders, vehicles and other equipment properly.
  • Heed safety precautions for traffic work zones

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