As with the buildings that your company constructs, your Health and Safety programme should be maintained on a regular basis to make sure that it retains its value.
Training for new employees as well as refresher training for your existing workers is essential.
In the construction industry there will always be time pressures and potential difficulties with temporary workforces, but try to make sure that Health and Safety concerns remain your priority.
PPE is likely to play an important part in your programme and 3M have many years’ experience developing effective products to protect your workforce from hazards encountered in construction and make them more productive.
Asbestos was used regularly in construction before the turn of the century and it can be difficult to detect. Asbestos-related diseases kill more people than any other single work-related cause. In addition to asbestos there are also other types of dust which it is important to manage and protect against.
Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) should only be used after you have tried to eliminate or control the hazard. Make sure respirators are right for the job, in good condition and have the correct filters.
Dermatitis is an inflammatory skin condition caused by exposure to hazardous substances such as cements and solvents.
You should only consider PPE as a last resort after attempting to remove or substitute offending items. If this is not feasible, you can rely on 3M’s range of protective clothing including coveralls that offer breathable comfort and different protection levels depending on the substances in use.
To find out more, please visit our coveralls page.
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