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October floods business support

Public health and building integrity

In the process of recovering from flood damage, careful attention must be paid to public health and safety in the form of water borne diseases and buildings that are dangerous for public access due to structural damage and or mould infestation.

Look after you and your employees well-being during this time.

  • Do not enter premises that may be structurally unsound.
  • Be aware of free-standing structures inside and outside premises such as furniture and equipment that may present an injurious or even fatal crush hazard.
  • Wear the correct PPE to ensure you are not exposed to contaminants:
    • Always wear a nose and mouth guard or dust mask when collecting and removing rotting material including spoiled food or vegetation.
    • Use personal protection equipment, including rubber or leather gloves, covered shoes or boots and full-length clothing to cover your arms and legs.
    • Wash your hands thoroughly after participating in clean-up activities.
    • Be careful of wild animals including rodents, snakes or spiders which may be trapped in and around your home or business. Cuts from broken glass and debris are also a hazard.
    • Drinking water may be contaminated – do not drink any water unless you know it is safe.

This page was last updated on 19 October 2022.