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Process: Shipfitting

 

Overexposure (Welding Fumes): Problems and Solutions

Problems

shipfitting site with insect of discarded respirator

Respirators must not be left exposed in the workplace when not in use. Grit and debris found throughout the shipfitting job site can diminish their effectiveness.

shipfitting site with wooden ladder and insect of discarded respirator

Respirators left out at worksites after the end of a shift.

Solutions

respirator in sealed plastic protective ziplock bag

OSHA requires that respirators be stored after cleaning in a manner that protects them from damage or contamination. For example, a plastic bag with seals is an easy and inexpensive way to do this. Some shipyards make respirator filters and wipes available for cleaning at area tool cribs.

Therefore training should include the importance of using clean PPE.

It is important to make the above resources available near all job sites and consistently follow up with employees to ensure compliance.

shipfitting site with large white pipes and insect of discarded respirator

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