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Hurricane Safety Tips

Hurricane Safety Tips

…from the desk of e TecK’s HSSE Co-ordinator, Ms. Kelly Hazelwood 

The hurricane season is upon us, and we have all witnessed the devastating effects to nations. While we are no match for the fury of Mother Nature, it is imperative for us to safeguard ourselves, our employees and our neighbours against total loss and injury in the event of a hurricane.

Part 2 Sections 6 and 7 of the Trinidad and Tobago Occupational Safety and Health Act 2004 as amended 2006 places a duty of care on all business owners or employers to

“…ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the safety, health and welfare at work of all his employees.”

“ …conduct his undertaking in such a way as to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that persons not in his employment, who may be affected thereby are not thereby exposed to risks to their safety or health.”

Now, while it may be argued that these requirements do not apply because a hurricane is an “Act of God”, it is included to remind you of your duty of care nonetheless; a duty that, if followed, may significantly reduce human injury, loss, down time and devastation in the event of a natural disaster.

Follow the link below from the ODPM, in order to guide you in securing life and property:

http://www.odpm.gov.tt/sites/default/files/Hurricanes.pdf

In addition, remember:

  • Housekeeping is key!
  • Always Protect Your Data with Backup Files. If dependent on data processing, consider an alternate site. Make provisions for alternate communications and power.
  • Make Plans to Work With Limited Cash, No Water, Sewer or Power For Two Weeks. Store emergency supplies at the office.
  • Protect Your Employees. Employee safety comes first! Prepare, distribute and discuss your business hurricane plan for recovery. Consider providing shelter to employees and their families and helping employees with supplies after the storm. Establish a rendezvous point and time for employees in case damage is severe and communications are disrupted. Establish a call-down procedure for warning and post-storm communications. Provide photo ID’s and a letter of authorization to enter the building.
  • Contact Your Customers & Suppliers and share your communications and recovery plan in advance. Prepare a list of vendors to provide disaster recovery services.

Taken from http://www.jedco.org/files/checklist.pdf – Hurricane Preparation for Businesses.

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