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Hazard surveillance in new residential construction.
Implementation of Safety and Health on Construction Sites - Proceedings of the Second International Conference of CIB Working Comission '99, Honolulu, Hawaii, March 24-27, 1999. Rotterdam, Netherlands: A. A. Balkema Publishers, 1999 Feb; :601-605
Construction workers suffer elevated disease and death rates. However, with the exception of lead and asbestos, little exposure data among this population have been documented. With this in mind, an observational study aimed at identifying the potential hazards associated with each phase of construction was conducted. Each phase consisted of multiple tasks, each with its own potential for exposure. Observations were made by an industrial hygienist (IH) who visited four different residential construction sites and observed and documented specific work practices and recorded all chemical substances used during each task. The information gathered and examined during this study indicate that a substantial potential for exposure to hazardous agents exists for some workers involved in building a new home. In general, a lack of appropriate/effective personal protective equipment was noted for all trades. Potential ergonomic hazards were noted for 63% of the trades observed.
Construction; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Exposure-assessment; Personal-protection; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-clothing; Protective-equipment; Protective-materials; Protective-measures; Hazards; Surveillance-programs; Safety-research; Safety-practices; Safety-monitoring; Safety-measures; Safety-equipment; Statistical-analysis; Occupational-exposure; Ergonomics
Singh-A; Hinze-J; Coble-RJ
Implementation of Safety and Health on Construction Sites - Proceedings of the Second International Conference of CIB Working Comission '99, Honolulu, Hawaii, March 24-27, 1999
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