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14 SAFETY 2018 COATINGSPROMAG.COM Better Safe Than Sorry working conditions and safe barriers between areas where work is performed and anything is below. is decreases the chance of falling equipment, debris, or tools. "is also means repairs can be performed at one level, while routine activities continue above or below," said Jerry Dolly, general manager of BrandSafway's infrastructure services group. e system can be engineered to withstand high loads at a 4-to-1 ratio, span over large areas, fit unique shapes, and be combined with other access solutions. QuikDeck can be built in the air or on the ground and hoisted into place, and it can also be leapfrogged to reduce equipment costs. With its stable, flat, open space and limited suspension points, the system allows workers to move around easily and use large, heav y equipment, including vehicles. Monitoring Measurements Many coatings jobs take place in enclosed areas, which makes measuring air quality essential. Commonly encountered gases in the coatings industry include hydrogen sulfide, carbon monoxide, nitric oxide, and nitrogen dioxide, which can harm workers even in low doses. Oxygen deficiency for workers can also result from these gases displacing the oxygen supply in confined spaces. "For contractors, one concern is gases or vapors that are evaporating off the coating," said 3M's Johnson. "ere also could be overspray if they're spraying. Contractors should always look at the safety data sheet [SDS] to see the chemical makeup and what vapors might be coming off." e first step is to try to eliminate the hazard through engineering controls, including the use of dust collection systems, such as vacuums. Beyond engineering controls, the aforementioned PPE choices are often of assistance. But even with those steps, gases in enclosed areas still pose the poten- tial to reach levels higher than the PPE is designed to protect. To be ready for any scenario, gas detection systems offer an extra level of comfort and security. Companies such as Apollo Safety and MSA are among the providers of gas detection equipment, including w ireless and portable systems that can be used in virtually any work environment. Workers in enclosed spaces can wear w ireless detection units, which give them the ability to check gas levels in real time on the job while know ing that someone else outside of the confined space is also receiving and monitoring the data. Training Programs No matter the chosen solution, having the product or technol- ogy is only part of the equation. Knowing how to properly use it is another. W hile many do include instruction manuals, a re-reading of it or a subsequent refresher course never hurts. VENDOR TEAM KEEN, Inc. 515 NW 13th Ave. Portland, OR 97209 (866) 676-5336 MCR Safety 1255 Schilling Blvd. W Collierville, TN 38017 (800) 955-6887 MSA 1000 Cranberry Woods Dr. Cranberry Township, PA 16066 (800) 672-2222 National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) 1600 Clifton Rd. Atlanta, GA 30329 (800) 232-4636 Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 200 Constitution Ave. NW Washington, D.C. 20210 (800) 321-6742 Overton Safety Training 1623 SE Enterprise Cir. Hillsboro, OR 97123 (866) 531-0403 Protective Industrial Products/Century Glove Inc. 968 Albany Shaker Rd. Latham, NY 12110 (800) 262-5755 Pyramex 281 Moore Ln. Collierville, TN 38017 (800) 736-8673 Saf-T-Gard International, Inc. 205 Huehl Rd. Northbrook, IL 60062 (847) 291-1600 Safespan 252 Fillmore Ave. Tonawanda, NY 14150 (716) 694-1100 SafeStart 631 College St. E Belleville, Ontario K8N 0A3 Canada (866) 962-9575 SecuraTrac 703 Pier Ave. Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 (888) 973-2872 Superior Glove 2345 Walden Ave. Cheektowaga, NY 14225 (800) 265-7617 TurtleSkin by Warwick Mills 301 Turnpike Rd. New Ispwich, NH 03071 (603) 291-1000 Tyvek by DuPont Protection Solutions 5401 Jefferson Davis Hwy. Richmond, VA 23234 (800) 441-7515 Werner Co. 93 Werner Rd. Greenville, PA 16125 (888) 523-3371 ZIPPKOOL by SFT Laboratory Co. 15154 Transistor Ln. Huntington Beach, CA 92649 (714) 903-5966 Better Safe Than Sorry continued on page 26

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