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Earthquake Recovery Tips

Here are a few tips to help get your business back to normal.

Clean-up and hazard management

  • Assume there may be hazards in your work place – such as downed ceiling tiles, spilled kitchen contents etc.
  • Assume any exposed wires are live
  • Wear appropriate personal protective equipment when cleaning up any spills
  • Expect dust and dirt to be expelled from air-conditioning ducts when the aircon is switched back on
  • Contact Survive- it if you require spill kits or PPE

Take photos

It is useful to keep a photographic record of insurance and health and safety purposes. Here are a few items you may want to photograph:

  • Any damage for insurance and seismic safety review
  • Items that have moved for future training purposes
  • Seismic restraints that have not performed as expected.
  • Seismic restraints that have worked ie tethered photocopiers that have moved

Review and update

Large scale business interruption provides an opportunity to reflect and review:

  • Is your Civil Defence and emergency equipment fit for purpose?
  • Evacuation plans
  • Business continuity plans
  • Check contact lists are up to date

 Human factors

 Expect that some of your staff may be traumatised by recent events. 

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