FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Hamilton County, OH – March 22, 2019 – Heavy rain, rising rivers, and basement flooding have become all too frequent for Hamilton County residents and business owners. In order to help teach residents how to stay safe during flood cleanup, the Greater Cincinnati Occupational Health Center (GCOHC)and Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council in partnership with Hamilton County Emergency Management & Homeland Security Agency and ICWUC Center for Worker Health & Safety Education are offering free safety classes.

This FREE class, entitled: Flood Cleanup Safety Awareness for Sewer and Storm Back Ups will teach residents how to avoid medical problems associated with flood cleanup, how to know when to contact a professional cleaning team, protective equipment needed to stay safe, and financial or charitable assistance available to help with cleanup

This class helps participants increase their awareness of the hazards involved in post-flood cleanup, the protective equipment that may be necessary, and community resources available for those who need additional help.  The Greater Cincinnati Occupational Health Center (GCOHC) will be leading local and national partners in providing free flood clean-up safety workshops to all interested participants.

This class will cover topics including post-flooding mold growth and health effects of mold; clean-up techniques and protective measures; building assessment of mold hazards; respirators and personal protective equipment (PPE). Participants will be given flood booklets from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (in Spanish or English). Workshops are free and classes can be customized and offered in both English and Spanish.

The current schedule for these free workshops is as follows:

THURSDAY, APRIL 4 – 6:30-8:30 PM

IBEW / NECA Electrical Training Center

5455 Glenway Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45238

SATURDAY, APRIL 6 – 10 AM-NOON

IBEW / NECA Electrical Training Center

5455 Glenway Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45238

THURSDAY, MAY 2 – 6:30-8:30 PM

American Postal Workers Union

1385 Tennessee Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45229

SATURDAY, MAY 4 – 10 AM-NOON

American Postal Workers Union

1385 Tennessee Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45229

Future classes will be posted on social media by GCOHC, Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council, and Hamilton County Emergency Management & Homeland Security Agency. Private classes can be scheduled for communities, churches and organizations involving 15 or more trainees. For information or registration email info@gchoc.org or call 513-421-1846 ext. 5 or 6.