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Hazards and Solutions

The hazards experienced in the sealant, waterproofing, and restoration industry are common to the construction industry in general. These include health hazards; such as asphalt fumes, lead, silica, and solvents; as well as safety hazards, such as falls from elevation, awkward and heavy lifting, flammables, and power tools. An important step in addressing these hazards is to conduct task-specific hazard analyses to identify what hazards to expect and to then plan for their control.

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Confined Spaces
Falls
  • Fall Protection*. Also available in Spanish*. OSHA and Sealant, Waterproofing and Restoration Institute (SWR Institute) Alliance, (January 2012; Spanish translation August 2013).
  • Fall Protection*. Also available in Spanish*. Through the OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable Fall Protection Workgroup, the Sealant Waterproofing and Restoration Institute (SWR Institute) developed "Fall Protection." The slide presentation addresses fall protection issues in the construction industry, including fall protection systems. (June 2007; Spanish translation April 2009).
  • Fall Protection. OSHA Safety and Health Topics Page.
Lead
  • Lead. OSHA Safety and Health Topics Page.
Scaffolding
  • Aerial Lifts*. Also available in Spanish*. OSHA and Sealant, Waterproofing and Restoration Institute (SWR Institute) Alliance, (January 2012; Spanish translation July 2013).
  • Scaffolding. OSHA eTool. Provides illustrated examples of safe scaffolding. Hazards are identified, as well as the controls that keep those hazards from becoming tragedies.
  • Scaffolding. OSHA Safety and Health Topics Page.
Silica
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