Archives for June 2015

Reducing Hazards of Worker Exposure to Asphalt Fumes

Over a half-million workers are exposed to fumes from asphalt, a petroleum product used extensively in road paving, roofing, siding, and concrete work. Health effects from exposure to asphalt fumes include headache, skin rash, sensitization, fatigue, reduced appetite, throat and eye irritation, cough, and skin cancer. Two of the most important safety measures for working with ... [Continue Reading]

Building Tolerance to Hot Weather: Easy Does It

Hot weather conditions are a well-known concern for construction managers, but the early months of elevated temperatures are the most dangerous, simply because workers are unaccustomed to the heat. Acclimatization, a process where a person can build tolerance to the heat, can be done gradually by increasing workload slowly during hot weather months. Working in full sunlight ... [Continue Reading]

Respirators and Lung Safety on Construction Sites

An estimated 5 million workers are required to wear respirators in 1.3 million workplaces throughout the United States. Respirators protect workers against insufficient oxygen environments, harmful dusts, fogs, smokes, mists, gases, vapors, and sprays. These hazards may cause cancer, lung impairment, diseases, or death. Compliance with the OSHA Respiratory Protection Standard ... [Continue Reading]