Repairing flooded buildings : an insurance industry guide to by Building Research Establishment

By Building Research Establishment

This booklet goals to rationalise and simplify the problems concerned, with the purpose of bettering provider to the development proprietor from the coverage, loss adjusting, surveying and contracting sectors

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Care must be taken to ensure workers have appropriate information and support on health related issues. A good example would be the issue of Weil’s Disease information cards for employees who potentially may come into contact with the leptospirosis bacteria. It is widely recognised that the greatest risk to an individual’s safety is drowning in the floodwaters; and, for the general public who are the victims of flooding, illness caused by the stress of being in a flood situation. It is important that public health experts are asked to assist with educating the general public in this area so that these and other fears are brought into perspective.

Where washing facilities are not available, a supply of disposable protective gloves and other PPE should be provided. Guidance on cleaning or disposing of contaminated PPE and on basic hygiene should be given to employees. In large scale flood situations, coordinated arrangements should be made to provide temporary washing facilities, with hot and cold running water, for shared use at the site. When clean water is not immediately available, anti-bacterial wipes and similar products for cleaning hands should be provided.

Any restriction in these routes is to be agreed with the project administrator, homeowner and local authority. Their approval should be obtained in advance. 42 Health and safety in flood damage repair RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE WORKING AREA The property will not be occupied by the homeowner/policyholder. SP EC IM EN Repair work will be the responsibility of the contractor. 43 Health and safety in flood damage repair SITE RULES EN General rules The Preliminaries and Specification document gives general requirements for the conduct of the contractors while on site.

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