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Clean-up after cyclones storms and floods

Careful planning is required when cleaning up after a major weather event or emergency so as to reduce the risk of injury and illness to you and others.
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This resource contains practical information about how to conduct clean-up, demolition or refurbishment work in areas affected by an extreme weather event.

A number of health and safety issues are presented that must be considered before undertaking any work at hazardous sites. In cases where high-risk construction work (HRCW) is to be carried out, it’s important that a safe work method statement (SWMS) be completed. Any workers you manage must be given an induction about the potential dangers present at the site and all workers should be given access to appropriate personal protective equipment  (PPE). 

Among the specific hazards listed in the resource that workers must protect themselves against are the following:

  • Asbestos – will need to be removed before rectification work is carried out
  • Underground services – must be made safe before entering the affected area
  • Unstable structures – Consider structural weaknesses and possible falling objects
  • Demolition – Should only be undertaken by people who understand the structure
  • Working at height – Always ensure work is carried out on a stable structure
  • Hazardous manual tasks – Reduce the risk of injury as much as possible
  • Hazardous goods – Identify the presence of harmful materials and dispose of them safely
  • Biological hazards – Consider threats to health from infectious diseases
  • Safe use of tools – Ensure tools and equipment are fit for purpose.

Access this resource to find out more about how you can prioritise health and safety when returning to a disaster-affected area.

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Who is it for?

Residential builders and industry professionals

This resource is designed for builders and industry professionals assisting with the cleaning up, demolition and restoration of areas affected by an extreme weather event.

What does it include?

  • Planning the work
  • Site facilities, first aid, emergencies
  • Specific hazards
  • Working at height
  • Safe use of tools.

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