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Other Safety Issues

Ergonomics, noise, silica, falls, trenches and work zone crashes are the most common hazards to Laborers, but there are plenty of others.

Solar radiation, ticks, toxic chemicals, lift injuries, mold, asbestos, nuclear waste, scaffolds…the list goes on. Construction sites are filled with risks for the men and women who work on them.

Laborers in other industries also endure hazards that, while sometimes less physical, are nevertheless serious. Eight hours a day on a video display terminal can cause considerable physical and emotional duress.

The dangers are as endless as the variety of work, itself. Yet, each danger has remedies and means of avoidance. By integrating the lessons of science and research with the practical insight provided by Laborers and their employers, the LHSFNA seeks to limit the risks and the loss for everyone involved, propagate the lessons and, through that process, make work safer and more satisfying.




Other Safety & Health Resource Links


Below are links to resources for hazards less common to Laborers but serious for some.



Pleural Mesothelioma Center


Chemical Safety

Information on chemical hazards

NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards

NIH WISER page – Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (access to downloadable APP and database of chemicals with toxic property and labeling information)">NIH Household Products Database (includes a home maintenance category that includes many chemical products also used by contractors)">Demolition Refurbishment Information Sheets (DRIDS) from the National Federation of Demolition Contractors (provides useful information and safe handling recommendations for common building waste stream materials)

Miscellaneous Resources

OSHA Toolkit: Transitioning to Safer Chemicals (provides practical advice on how to use substitution as a control strategy)

OSHA Annotated Tables (provides a list of OSHA PELS plus the most commonly used alternative sources of occupational exposure limits (OELs))

Listing of Risk Phrases used on EU data sheets

Dutch website tool for chemical and exposure evaluation

Greenscreen for safer chemicals


Confined Spaces

Summary of Confined Spaces Standard


Methylene Chloride

Methylene Chloride and Bathtubs: a Dangerous Combination (MSU OEM video)

Preventing Worker Deaths from Paint Strippers Containing Methylene Chloride (Cal-OSHA)

Paint Stripping Products: Safer, Less Toxic Choices (Cal-OSHA)

Successful Bathtub Stripping using Sanding as an Alternative to Methylene Chloride (WA State Dept of Labor and Industries)

Successful Bathtub Stripping with Benzyl Alcohol as an Alternative to Methylene Chloride (MC) (WA State Dept of Labor and Industries)


Nail Guns

Nail Gun Safety: The Facts


Respirator Safety

Respirator Safety (OSHA video in English and Spanish)

The Difference between Respirators and Surgical Masks (OSHA video in English and Spanish)


Struck-By Incidents

Struck-By Accidents (OSHA video in English and Spanish)