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Sealant, Waterproofing, and Restoration Industry

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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.

General
  • Safety and Health Field Manual. OSHA and Sealant, Waterproofing and Restoration Institute (SWR Institute) Alliance, (September 2009; Spanish translation September 2010). SWR Institute developed a manual to help employers and workers identify the key hazards and OSHA requirements in this industry.
  • Safety and Health Manual. OSHA and Sealant, Waterproofing and Restoration Institute (SWR Institute) Alliance, (2005). SWR Institute developed a manual to help employers understand how to develop a written safety and health program that covers topics such as hazard communication, confined space, fall protection, recordkeeping, personal protective equipment, respiratory protection and scaffolding.
  • Safety Toolbox Talks. OSHA and Sealant, Waterproofing and Restoration Institute (SWR Institute) Alliance. SWR Institute developed a series of toolbox talks to help employers and workers identify the key hazards and OSHA requirements in the construction industry:
  • The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties with Guidelines for Preserving, Rehabilitating Restoring & Reconstructing Historic Buildings. National Park Service (NPS), (2017). Describes recommended work practices to preserve both worker safety and the historical appearance of buildings.
  • Construction. OSHA eTool. Contains information that helps workers identify and control the hazards that cause the most serious construction-related injuries. Also available in Spanish.
Confined Spaces
Falls
Lead
  • Lead. OSHA Safety and Health Topics Page.
Scaffolding
  • 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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