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4 SAFETY 2018 COATINGSPROMAG.COM Photos Courtesy of Bra ndSaf wa y, B ulla rd , D u Pont, K E E N Utilit y, Hammerhead Industries, MSA e Safet y Company, Safe-T- Gard International, Inc., SecuraTrac, War wick Mills/ Turtleskin, ZIPPKOOL Inc. By Ben DuBose Better Safe Than Sorry: Tips and Products to Boost Workplace Safety "In the construction industry, it's different than industries where you're in the factory and it's much easier to control the environment," said DuPont Protection Solutions' Mark Tartaglia. Therefore, personal protective equipment (PPE) is also used. Safety N o matter the coating system or substrate, making the proper safety and personal protec- tive equipment (PPE) selections is a key compo- nent of any job. Developing a customized safety plan for each jobsite is an essential part of minimizing worker injuries and preventing potentially catastrophic accidents from ever occurring in the first place. ough most contractors have the best of intentions, the constantly evolving landscape of safety regulations, best practices, and a wide array of new products can often make it challenging to keep up. To assist in this process, CoatingsPro Magazine reached out to many of the leading industry organi- zations, companies, and experts to give our readers the 411 on safety in 2018. is article explores the latest develop- ments in safety standards, guidance, and training, as well as new products available in safety-related fields, such as protec- tive apparel; head, hand, and foot protection; respiratory solutions; fall protection; and monitoring instruments. W hile even the best-laid plans cannot guarantee workplace safety, our hope is that this piece can keep coatings applicators aware of their many options as they embark upon critical yet often dangerous tasks. Assessing Hazard Risks Among the first steps a contractor should take upon arriving at or learning of a jobsite is to develop a hazard risk assess- ment prior to beginning any work. at assessment should be specific to the site, with considerations given to physical hazards, such as working at elevated heights and the use of any complex mechanical spray equipment. W hen dealing with coatings, airborne particles, such as silica generated during surface preparation processes, and exposure to any chemical- or lead-based coatings are among the many job factors that can pose risks. Government organizations such as the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) each have numerous regulations or recommended practices that are often relevant to these risk assessment plans. OSHA's requirements for PPE, including the mandate for document- ing hazard assessments, can be found in the regulations at 29 CFR 1910, Subpart I, Sections 132-138 for general indus- try and 29 CFR 1915, Subpart I, Sections 151-160 for the maritime industry. "OSHA requires employers to use a hierarchy of controls, where there are substitution or elimination options at the top of the hierarchy," said Mark Tartaglia, senior CIH (certi- fied industrial hygienist) consultant at DuPont Protection Solutions. "ose are often difficult, so then you step down into engineering controls, and then work practices. From there, PPE is really the last line of defense." In an ideal world, many of the hazards could be engineered out of the project. But for the construction Among the first steps a contractor should take upon arriving at or learning of a jobsite is to develop a hazard risk assessment prior to beginning any work.

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