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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 Issues

Safety & Health Conversations: Peg Seminario, AFL-CIO
Are You Ready for Tornado Season?
Health & Safety Headlines
Safety & Health Conversations: An Interview with Dr. David Michaels – Part 2
Safety & Health Conversations: An Interview with Dr. David Michaels
New Beryllium Rule Increases Workplace Protections
Always Essential: Lockout/Tagout Programs
How Deregulation Can Endanger Worker Safety and Weaken Fair Contracting
2013's Top Ten Stories in LIFELINES ONLINE
Will Your Hard Hat Keep You Safe?
Emergency Action Plans Help Keep Workers Safe
The Sky’s the Limit for Drones & Construction Jobsites
Violence in the Workplace: Keep It out of Yours
Health & Safety Headlines
Canada Moving Toward Asbestos Ban
How Safe Is Your Well Water?
The LHSFNA Joins the Fight against Infectious Disease
Ill-Fitting PPE Hurts Women and Construction
Dehydration: Not Just a Hot Weather Hazard
Is Your Construction Site Safe from Fire?
Solving the Chemical Hazard Puzzle
Carbon Monoxide: What You Need to Know
A Noteworthy Year in Health and Safety
What’s Inside Your First-Aid Kit?
Flash Flood! Do You Know What to Do?
On the Road Again for Health and Safety
Nail Gun Users Shot in the Foot
A New Approach to Chemical Health Hazards
Turn off Distractions when Driving
States Lead the Way in Safety and Health Initiatives
The Problem with PELs
Mandatory H&S Training, Injury Prevention Policy Coming to Ontario
Beat the Heat in Summer Construction
OSHA PPE Reopening Sparks Sharp Commentary
Message from the Co-Chairmen
Are OSHA's PELs Safe? OSHA Says No
Construction-Relevant Specifics in Payment for PPE Rule
EPA Requires New Certification for Lead Renovation Contractors


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)