Flood water – The initial damage caused by a flood is not the only risk. Standing flood waters can also spread infectious diseases, bring chemical hazards, and cause injuries.When you start the clean up after flooding, you need to take precautions. Remember that you are working in a highly contaminated environment; you will need to increase personal hygiene to keep from becoming ill or risking a serious infection.
Mosquito populations usually increase greatly after flooding. Most of these mosquitoes are considered nuisance mosquitoes and will not spread viruses. However, some types of mosquitoes could spread viruses like Zika, dengue, or West Nile. (Source: CDC)
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Seasonal warm months pose special hazards for outdoor workers who should protect themselves against heat, sun exposure, and other hazards. Employers and employees should know the potential hazards in their workplaces and how to manage them.