Chemical Hazards

Chemical Hazards Fact Sheet

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Chemical Hazards

The following links list tools, publications, and other resources to help prevent the most common injuries and illnesses in the construction industry.

Asbestos is well recognized as a health hazard and is highly regulated. OSHA and EPA asbestos rules are intertwined. For more information, click on the following:

  • Asbestos Hazards in Demolition, Renovation and Salvage Workers’ Compensation Board of British Columbia
  • OSHA Asbestos Self-Inspection Checklist
  • OSHA Asbestos Standard for the Construction Industry
  • OSHA Software Expert Systems: Asbestos Advisor 2.0, an interactive compliance assistance tool
  • Safe Work Practices for Handling Asbestos, Workers’ Compensation Board of British Columbia

Drywall Sanding Dust and respirable silica are problems for workers who sand drywall joint compound. Over time, breathing the dust from drywall joint compounds may cause persistent throat and airway irritation, coughing, phlegm production, and breathing difficulties similar to asthma. Smokers or workers with sinus or respiratory conditions may risk even worse health problems. When silica is present, workers may also face an increased risk of silicosis and lung cancer. For more information click on the following:

  • Control of Drywall Sanding Dust Exposures, NIOSH

Lead overexposure is a leading cause of workplace illness. Therefore, OSHA has established the reduction of lead exposure to be a high strategic priority. Sources include paint, urban dust, and folk remedies. Sources include paint, urban dust, and folk remedies. For more information click on the following titles:

    • Lead: Preventing Exposure at Work
    • Lead in Construction, OSHA 3142-09R 2003

OSHA Safety and Health Topics:

  • Construction—Lead
  • OSHA Safety and Health Topics: Toxic Metals—Lead
  • Preventing Lead Poisoning in Construction Workers

Silicosis is a disabling, nonreversible and sometimes fatal lung disease caused by overexposure to respirable crystalline silica. Silica is the second most common mineral in the earth’s crust and is a major component of sand, rock, and mineral ores. Overexposure to dust that contains microscopic particles of crystalline silica can cause scar tissue to form in the lungs, which reduces the lungs’ ability to extract oxygen from the air we breathe. Typical sand found at the beach does not pose a silicosis threat. For more information, click on the following titles:

  • Crystalline Silica Dust Exposure in Construction
  • NIOSH Safety and Health Topic: Silica
  • OSHA Safety and Health Topics: Silica, Crystalline
  • Preventing Silicosis, USDOL
  • Preventing Silicosis and Deaths from Sandblasting, NIOSH

Wood Dust from power tools needs to be controlled. NIOSH has studied the problems and issues Hazard Controls for individual tools.

  • automated routers,
  • horizontal belt sanders,
  • large-diameter disc sanders,
  • random-orbital hand sanders,
  • orbital hand sanders,
  • shapers,
  • table saws

Banner Stakes is an effective, reusable and portable barricade system that provides unique safety benefits. The Banner Stakes system sections off areas to reduce liability and convey warnings which eliminate confusion, increase productivity, and enhance safety. Banner Stakes is the industry standard for quality and dependability. A must-have for any work place where safety, savings, and the environment are a concern. Banner Stakes is the leader in portable safety barricades for any industry including Automotive, Aviation, Industrial, Manufacturing, Hospitality & Gaming, Janitorial & Sanitation, MRO, Construction, Healthcare, Crowd Control, Safety, Equipment Maintenance, Warehousing, and Traffic Control.

original article source: “Chemical Hazards Fact Sheet”,, Web. May. 25th 2018.

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