Last month, with a grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), the Laborers-AGC Education and Training Fund and the Laborers’ Health and Safety Fund of North America (LHSFNA) published a pocket guide that details the dangers of, and remedies for, chemical dangers on hazardous waste sites.

The 72-page guide, Toxics – a Laborers’ Guide to Dangerous Chemical on Hazardous Waste Sites – begins with a short explanation of the ways that dose, duration of exposure and routes of entry to the body define various chemical hazards. It then makes the point that personal protective equipment (PPE) must be carefully selected because different hazards require different kinds of protection. Finally, the guide reviews each of the 30 biggest chemical dangers in seven ways:

  • How it is commonly found
  • How it is normally used
  • Routes of entry
  • What the effects of exposure are
  • Signs and symptoms of overexposure
  • Personal protective methods
  • Emergency procedures in case of overexposure and spills

The guide will be distributed to participants in hazardous waste classes conducted by the Laborers-AGC. It also will be distributed at the Medical Conference in August.  Copies are available from the Laborers-AGC national office in Pomfret Center (CT) at 860-974-0800.

[Steve Clark]