Flood Cleanup Awareness

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Recovering from a Flood Disaster

In light of the 2017 flooding that has occurred in Texas, Louisiana, and Florida, many workers will be taking part in the cleanup and recovery operation.

Because cleanup work of any kind is hazardous, especially following massive flooding, we felt the need to assemble and disseminate some relevant information in order to keep workers safe.

Thus, we have assembled this FREE online course , which is meant to be an “awareness” course about the hazards associated with cleanup and recovery from a flooding disaster.

This Flood Cleanup Awareness training course focuses on identifying the hazards encountered during flood cleanup and how to avoid injury and illness associated with those hazards. It is intended as an introductory course for workers who may be involved in cleanup following severe flooding. This may involve demolition, removal of debris, general cleanup, etc.

Additional, job-specific training is recommended for workers who will be involved in cleanup operations. This may include HAZWOPER, Hazmat, Incident Command System (ICS), or other training related to your role in cleanup. Ask your employer which courses are appropriate for you or feel free to contact us for more information.

Options to Take this Course

There are two ways for you to take this course.

  1. For those who want a Certificate of Completion for completing this training, you must register as a student prior to taking the entire course. You must also pass a 10-question Final Exam. If you want to receive a Certificate of Completion, register as a student.
  2. For those not interested in a Certificate of Completion for registering, you can access the course content by using these links:

Why is this Training Important?

Flooding can cause the disruption of water purification and sewage disposal systems, the overflowing of toxic waste sites, and the dislodgement of chemicals previously stored above ground.

Although most floods do not cause serious outbreaks of infectious disease or chemical poisonings, they can cause sickness in workers and others who come in contact with contaminated floodwater.

In addition, flooded areas may be subject to electrical or fire hazards connected with downed power lines.

What Other Training May be Needed?

Please visit the REQUIREMENTS tab to learn about other training that may be needed before conducting cleanup operations after a flood.

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Course Objectives

The objectives of this Flood Cleanup Awareness course are to recognize flood-related hazards and take basic precautions to avoid work-related injury or illness.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Explain the consequences of disasters with respect to employment and wages;
  • Understand preparation considerations prior to cleanup and recovery from disaster flooding;
  • Identify general hazards related to flood cleanup work;
  • Identify hazards unique to flood cleanup work;
  • Understand how and why flood cleanup workers may encounter electrical hazards;
  • Describe the health hazards posed by fungi and contaminated water;
  • Recognize fall hazards posed during flood cleanup; and
  • Grasp general safety requirements for tree removal, trimming, and the use of chainsaws.

Course Outline

Following the completion of all training content and achievement of passing scores on all exams, students will need to complete a brief evaluation and confirm his/her identity. After doing so, the student will have access to the course completion certificate.

When taking this course to receive a Certificate of Completion , there is one final exam based upon the course material. The exam consists of 10 questions selected at random from a larger pool of questions. A score of 70% or better is required to pass the exam. Students who do not pass the exam the first time may retake it as many times as necessary in order to pass.


This FREE training is brought to you by a team of OSHA Certified Outreach Trainers and is not intended to meet any specific OSHA Regulation.

Additional Training

OSHA requires all employees participating in flood cleanup and recovery operations to be adequately trained before being put to work. The level of training depends on the type of work the employee will perform. Certain operations, such as utility restoration, cleaning up spills of hazardous materials, and search and rescue, should only be conducted by workers who have the proper training, equipment, and experience.

The OSHA Disaster Site Worker Outreach Training Program is a training program for Disaster Site Workers who provide skilled support services (e.g. utility, demolition, debris removal, or heavy equipment operation) or site cleanup services in response to natural and man-made disasters.

Learn more about the both the 7.5-Hour Disaster Site Worker Course and the 15-Hour OSHA Disaster Site Worker Course.

Other relevant training that should be considered for cleanup operations includes:

HAZWOPER Training:
10 and 30 Hour General Industry and Construction Training:

The bottom line in ALL SITUATIONS is that employers are required to ensure that their employees are adequately trained to do their job.


This Flood Cleanup Awareness is offered free of charge. However, we do offer Volume Pricing for all courses and package deals for select courses. We also offer an easy way to Enroll Multiple Students.

Frequently Asked Questions About This Course

If you do not find your question here, we do have more FAQs

Our courses are set up to take a specific amount of time. Some students may get through the training more quickly, while others may take longer to complete their training. This course will take around 1 hour to complete.

Remember, this training should be used as an intricate tool in the context of an overall training program; it can be combined with other training throughout the year in order to meet any hour requirements needed.

No, our courses are designed so you can start and stop as needed, allowing you to break the training up over a longer period of time. Our system will keep track of your progress, enabling you to resume where you left off upon your next login. If you need to leave the computer for an extended amount of time you can click the Save Progress and Return to Course Outline link provided in the upper-right corner of the course to save your progress in the course.

Yes, you can take this course by signing in with your username and password from any location and computer with high-speed internet access. However, each computer needs to meet our Basic System Requirements for viewing our online courses.

Yes, once you have completed the course you will be able to download, save, or print a certificate of completion from your student account. Certificates are created in a pdf format. Users must have the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader before attempting to download the completion certificate.

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Online Training on Mobile Devices Tablet Smart Phone HTML 5 The Future

With so many people using mobile devices (e.g. tablets and smart phones) to check emails, do business, connect to social media, and even enjoy movies, Safety Unlimited, Inc. knows it's time to make some changes.

We're excited to announce a selection of courses is now available in HTML 5, making them more compatible with the browser on your mobile device. Many of our existing courses are presented using Adobe Flash Player and require additional software that may not be available on your mobile device. By comparison, our mobile-ready courses require only the most recent version of your mobile device's web browser, allowing students to take the course anywhere they have an internet connection.

Our Learning Management System tracks your progress, allowing you to switch between your computer and mobile device without retaking any training content. You can stop training in the middle of a section on one device and pick it up at the same spot on another. There is no need to complete an entire section in order to move from one device to another.

We are working on making ALL of our online courses MOBILE DEVICE READY. This gives you, the customer, the choice and flexibility to take our online training on your desktop, laptop, or handheld device, wherever you may be. You now have complete control of when and where you would like to take your online training!

Mobile Pros and Cons

Mobile versions of training are new, but we’ve identified some Pros and Cons during our extensive testing and listed them below.


  • No computer needed
  • Tablet mobility
  • Tablet screen graphics


  • Smartphone screens can be too small to see
  • Mobile browsers react differently than computer browsers
  • Phone calls can interrupt training

During our testing we noticed tablets are much better for training than smartphones, due to their larger screen size. … The best way to see how well the training works on your device is to click on the DEMO button on this page.

Growing Pains

Because this is a Beta version of our course, you may encounter some issues as we work out the kinks. If you have difficulties with this course, please contact Customer Support.

Your Mobile Browser

While HTML5 makes taking this course on mobile devices possible, not all mobile browsers are optimized for HTML5, meaning you may not have complete functionality. If you have difficulty taking this course using the browser on your mobile device, you may need to use a different browser.

Test the functionality of your browser using HTML5 and compare it to the performance of other browsers. If you find other browsers are more compatible than your own, you may want to make the switch.