Chemical Hazards

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May 01, 2014
Quick Facts for employees/Datos Rápidos para trabajadores: Gas-powered forklifts: carbon monoxide poisoning/Montacargas operados con gas: envenenamiento por monóxido de carbono (PDF)

Gas-powered forklifts produce poisonous carbon monoxide gas when their motors are running. You can be poisoned when you operate a gas-powered forklift indoors if there is not enough ventilation with fresh air.

Source: Oregon OSHA

Dec 01, 2013
Assessment and Remediation of Corrosive Drywall : An AIHA ® Guidance Document (PDF)

The document explains how to safely execute corrective measures to restore air quality in affected structures and provides recommendations for protecting workers from hazards during the removal process and setting up controls to eliminate dust and odors from the drywall.

Source: AIHA

Aug 01, 2013
Oregon OSHA Hazard Alert: Methylene Chloride — bathroom fixture refinishing (PDF)

Recent Oregon incidents: One worker died and another became sick after an exposure to methylene chloride while performing bathroom fixture resurfacing projects. Oregon OSHA urges employers to train their employees to take precautions and avoid exposure. Methylene chloride is very dangerous.

Source: Oregon OSHA

Jan 01, 2013
Hazard Alert: Diesel Exhaust/Diesel Particulate Matter

Diesel engines provide power to a wide variety of vehicles, heavy equipment, and other machinery used in a large number of industries including mining, transportation, construction, agriculture, maritime, and many types of manufacturing operations. The exhaust from diesel engines contains a mixture of gases and very small particles that can create a health hazard when not properly controlled.

Source: OSHA

Nov 01, 2010
Risk of Isocyanate Exposure in the Construction Industry (PDF)

This study, written by Carrie Riedlich in June 2010, focuses on identifying and collecting data on PU products that are commonly used and most likely to present skin exposure risk to applicators or others in the work area.

Source: CPWR

Mar 01, 2010
Online Safety Courses: Health Hazards in Construction

This online module provided by Washington State Department of Labor and Industries presents a general overview of the health hazards that construction workers may encounter while at work.

Source: Washington Department of Labor and Industries

Jul 01, 2008
NIOSH Publication: Water Spray Control of Hazardous Dust When Breaking Concrete with a Jackhammer

Construction workers are exposed to hazardous dust when using jackhammers to break concrete pavement. NIOSH found that exposures could be reduced by using a water-spray attachment.

Source: NIOSH

Feb 01, 2008
Preventing Skin Problems from Working with Portland Cement

This guidance document provided by OSHA is advisory in nature, informational in content, and is intended to assist employers in providing a safe and healthful workplace. The document does not serve as a new standard or regulation.

Source: OSHA

Jul 01, 2007
Carbon Monoxide Hazards from Small Gasoline Powered Engines FactSheet (PDF)

Many people using gasoline-powered tools such as high-pressure washers, concrete cutting saws (walk-behind/hand-held), power trowels, floor buffers, welders, pumps, compressors, and generators in buildings or semi enclosed spaces have been poisoned by carbon monoxide (CO).

Source: TDI