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An Overview of Worker Protection Methods.
Lippitt-JM; Prothero-TG; Martin-WF; Wallace-LP
1984 Hazardous Material Spills Conference Proceedings, April 9-12, Government Institutes, Inc., Rockville, Maryland 1984 Apr:354-361
The information in a draft chapter on worker protection and an appendix on decontamination design from the Comprehensive Guidance Manual being prepared by NIOSH was summarized. This information was developed to aid in developing effective site safety practices which will protect worker safety and health during operations involving the cleanup of hazardous materials. Methods of worker protection were discussed, including site management and control, engineering safeguards, personal protective clothing and equipment, and decontamination. According to the authors, each site varies dramatically in its problems and working conditions and also the nature of the major problem. The ability of any safety program to be effective depends largely on the safety consciousness of the workers involved and their willingness to follow procedures and their understanding of the dangers involved in not following procedures. Many situations can be avoided through the maintenance of strict safety practices resulting in generally safe conditions for the workers involved. Trained and experienced safety and health personnel are essential to the design and implementation of any such system. Advice should also be sought from any specific experts in relation to specific hazards on any particular site. A multidisciplinary advisory committee composed of experts in medicine, engineering, physiology, pharmacology, toxicology, analytical chemistry and law must be on tap.
Environmental-contamination; Environmental-hazards; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Protective-measures; Decontamination; Health-protection;
1984 Hazardous Material Spills Conference Proceedings, April 9-12, Government Institutes, Inc., Rockville, Maryland
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