WEC can provide FREE onsite training about identifying and preventing hazards such as mold, falls, chemicals, and airborne contaminants.

Contact: Janice Selinger at jselinger @ njwec.org (no spaces) or (609) 695-7100, ext. 305

View PHL17 In Focus coverage of WEC's Safer After Sandy project that aired February 1, 2014.

View the NJTV coverage of
WEC's Oct. 4, 2013 Safer After Sandy Training on Youtube

WEC and our partner organizations can provide FREE information and training about hazards after Sandy.

Educational materials and training focus on identifying hazards and employer responsibilities to prevent hazards as well as worker rights, including whistleblower protection, under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) and NJ Public Employees OSH Act (PEOSH).

Topics include...

How WEC Can Help

Factsheets

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
OSHA Factsheet: Carbon monoxide (CO) is a poisonous, colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas that is harmful when breathed.

Caution: Hurricane Sandy Cleanup Can Be Hazardous!

Warning - Hurricane cleanup and restoration work may have serious risks. Doing the wrong thing can endanger your safety, your health, and possibly your life.

Ladder Safety Factsheet
US Department of Labor Factsheet: Falls from roofs can be prevented.

Post-Flood Mold Cleanup: Assessing and Removing Mold Safely
There are many possible dangers in a flood-impacted building, including contamination with toxic chemicals or sewage, rats, unstable or collapsed structures, electric hazards and explosion hazards from gas lines or spilled fuel or oil. If there are piles of debris in or near the building, there may be hazards from debris removal vehicles and the piles themselves may be unstable. This factsheet will only address mold in detail.

Mold Removal Workers: What You Need to Know to Protect Your Life
Most people are not affected by mold. But different people can experience many different problems with their respiratory (breathing) systems. Molds reproduce by releasing millions of spores into the air. Inhalation of spores is the main way people are exposed. Health effects may include allergies, asthma, bronchitis and respiratory infections. Some molds produce toxic chemicals known as mycotoxins that can cause illness if inhaled.

Mold Clean-Up and Treatment: Health and Safety Essentials for Workers, Volunteers, and Homeowners
This booklet, developed by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, is a health and safety resource for workers, volunteers, and homeowners who will participate in disaster clean-up activities to help them understand how to identify and control hazards from mold.

Safer After Sandy Wallet Card
Protect Yourself! Key Telephone Numbers for Workers and Volunteers. This fold-out card provides contact numbers for key state and federal government agencies.

Safety Awareness for Responders to Hurricanes: Protecting Yourself While Helping Others (Spanish)
This booklet, developed by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, as a health and safety resource for "skilled support personnel" who will participate in hurricane response and cleanup activities. This tool will help workers understand at an awareness level how to identify and control hazards pertaining to the response and cleanup activities associated with a hurricane.

Public Service Announcements


:30 Generator Safety

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:30-Mold Protection PSA
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Press Releases

November 12, 2013
Free Information Available to Employers, Contractors, Construction Workers, Day Laborers, Community Residents, and Volunteers To Protect Health and Safety During Demolition and Rebuilding After Hurricane Sandy

Opinion Pieces

December 14, 2013/The Jackson Times
By Janice Selinger and Eckardt Johanning, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D.

Letter to the Editor: A Year After Sandy, Mold Still Threatens Families
Sandy's one-year anniversary has come and gone. Yet, thousands of families in New Jersey are still unable to re-occupy homes that have been severely damaged. That damage often includes hazardous molds that should have been treated and removed by now.


This material was produced under grant SH-24385-13-60-F-34 from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor. It does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Department of Labor nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.