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3 Strategies for Keeping Your Employees Safe During a Flood Cleanup

11/15/2021 (Permalink)

Business, floor with mud, doors opened of building you can see boxes on the floor A business in Monticello, LA suffered from water damage due to rising creek water.

3 Ways to Keep Your Employees Safe During Flood Cleanup

When your Monticello, LA, business suffers a flood, the cleanup efforts can be considerable. From the removal of contaminated black water to fighting the mold growth that can occur afterward, there can be much to do. However, during this process, keeping your employees safe will likely be a priority for you, especially as you work to reopen your business. As workers return to your building, there are a few strategies you can keep in mind that might protect them from accidents or injury.


1. Have Them Avoid Touching Flood Water

If the flooding in your commercial location was caused by an overflow of an outdoor creek or river, a sewer backup, or a backed-up toilet, you may want to keep your employees clear of the water and prevent them from entering flooded areas. Category 3 flooding creates what is called black water, which may contain feces and sewer chemicals. Only professionals from flood damage and cleanup service with the equipment and knowledge to handle the water should do so.

2. Allow Them To Work From Home

Allowing some employees to work remotely can help keep them safe while flood cleanup efforts continue at your business. Data wranglers, coding technicians and social media managers might all be able to work from home and turn in their work via email or through your company’s shared data drive. This can help prevent layoffs or work stoppage for many of your employees.

3. Complete Air Filtration Before Employees Return

Air quality can be poor after flooding, especially if your flood techs must remove mold. It is wise to allow any air filtration processes to complete before inviting your employees back to work.

Keeping your employees safe from black water, poor air quality and other issues after a flood damages your Monticello, LA, commercial building can be daunting. However, when you know how to proceed once flooding occurs, you can reduce the risk of employee injuries or accidents.

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