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COATINGSPRO SAFETY 2018 5 Better Safe Than Sorry industry, where most tasks are completed on site, this is often not possible. is makes awareness of PPE options of paramount importance. "In the construction industry, it's different than industries where you're in the factory and it's much easier to control the environment," Tartaglia explained. "For construction, it's much more difficult to apply engineering controls. ere are work practices, but often times, what you see happening is employers will bypass those options and immediately go to PPE. e strategy should be a combi- nation of all three control opportunities to minimize the risk." As an example of such a combination, Tartaglia cited the use of spray booths for the application of coatings where applicators follow strict safety procedures and wear PPE at the same time. Heads Up e parts of the body on the face and head are vital, and that often makes proper protection in that area of the utmost importance. On coatings projects, this often involves the use of protective glasses and hard hats as well as ear and respiratory protection when necessary on a given job. Safety glasses are available from companies such as 3M, Edge Eyewear, and Pyramex, with anti-fog technology as one of the latest developments in the industry. Pyramex's H2MA X anti-fog coating is described by the company as the safest option in fog prevention while it is also resistant to abrasions and chemicals. e lens is available on a wide range of frames. 3M, which manufactures products across the entire PPE chain, offers hearing protection products, such as earmuffs and earplugs, through its E-A-R and PELTOR lines. Hard hats worn by contractors are required to meet either Type I or Type II requirements, as specified in the ANSI Z89.1 standard from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Type 1 helmets are for hazard potentials to the top of a person's head, while Type II helmets are for hazards that can impact the front, back, top, and sides. If the potential impact hazards are significant enough to dislodge the helmet altogether, a chinstrap may also be of use. Within Type 1 helmets, Bullard 's newly introduced AboveView hard hat could be of particular interest. W hile Bullard offers a wide range of helmet options, the AboveView model is especially popular because of its replaceable see-through visor, which can help workers to better identify potential hazards above them. "e AboveView is the only hard hat that increases workers' upper peripheral view by more than 50 percent and is available with three replaceable lenses with tint options," said Eric Dietrich, Bullard 's product manager for respiratory protection. "e AboveView gives workers a greater field of vision, especially when using ladders or for utility work with overhead lines." Meanwhile, the Vanguard and Super V Protective Caps from MSA Safety are examples of suitable Type II helmets providing impact and penetration protection to both the top and sides of a person's head. Made of high-density polyeth- ylene, each line offers a slotted cap with a foam liner and comes available in numerous fitted sizes and colors. For lighter jobs, the 8945 Universal Bump Cap Insert from Ergodyne's Skullerz line of worker-generated impact head injury prevention offers the option of adding light- weight, breathable head protection to any baseball cap. Strategically placed ventilation allows for maximum airflow and breathability, while a foam pad insert helps protect from impact. "W hile hard hats are not necessary for many applica- tions, that doesn't mean head injury risks don't exist," said Ergodyne's Product Director Andy Olson. "With the new 8945, employers can provide a simple, cost-effective solution to these common hazards without changing the standard headwear workers are used to." Beyond the basics, many coatings jobsites pose unique air quality challenges due to the combination of materials and processes involved in each project. us, to ensure workers breathe clean air and avoid overexposure to dusty and/or vaporous conditions, respirators are another frequently used facial protection piece in the coatings industry. Exposure to silica dust, which can occur when contrac- tors perform many common tasks, has been linked to a heightened risk of silicosis, lung cancer, kidney disease, and other respiratory diseases, according to OSHA. Meanwhile, the chemicals that comprise coatings, such as common Head and face protection can be crucial. In addition to hard hats, such as Bullard's AboveView that has a see-through visor, contractors may also need to consider hearing protection, glasses, and respirators.

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