Artisans can be exposed to a range of potentially harmful materials at work. From carcinogens to caustics to chemicals, it is important for artisans to be aware of the risks they take so that they can take the appropriate precautions.
Below are three dangerous materials that artisans should use.
Asbestos has been widely used as an insulation material for decades. However, experts became aware of the dangers of asbestos in the 1970s. This material is a carcinogen that can seriously damage lung tissue. The thin, tiny asbestos fibers can be inhaled easily and lead to cancer, lung scars and pleural effusions.
Experts say there is no safe exposure to asbestos, which is why artisans need to take all possible precautions when working on an older house. It's best to assume that asbestos is a risk if you're working on a house that was built before the 1980s. If you are working in an environment that may contain asbestos, it is important to wear appropriate protective equipment. Dust masks are not enough to protect against asbestos fibers. It is necessary to wear a respirator with a P1 or P2 class cartridge. It is also important to wear disposable clothing that can be thrown away after the project is complete.
Mercury can pose a serious risk when working with fluorescent lamps. These light bulbs contain glass tubes that contain mercury. Although this mercury is in liquid form, it can evaporate easily at room temperature, which means that it can be inhaled. Workers can also be exposed to mercury through skin contact if the proper protective equipment is not worn. Inhaling mercury has been linked to a number of health problems and can even be fatal. In addition, mercury is a caustic material and can cause serious damage if it comes into contact with skin. It can have toxic effects on the lungs, skin, kidneys, nerves and immune system. It can also be harmful to the eyes.
To limit the risk of exposure to mercury, artisans should ensure that they wear personal protective equipment when working with fluorescent lights or other materials that may contain mercury. Wearing gloves and goggles is particularly important. It is also wise to wear breathing apparatus to reduce the risk of mercury inhalation. As with anything related to safety, PSA is a factor, but adequate awareness / training is also important. There are many online safety courses that deal with certain materials such as lead, as well as training courses that deal with hazardous waste such as OSHA HAZWOPER.
3. Antifreeze and batteries
Although both can be summarized in automobiles, it is always worth mentioning or referring to both sources. Now you may be thinking, "I'm not a mechanic, why should I worry about it?" To be honest, when you enter a homeowner's house or garage, it's often like opening a can of worms. You do not know exactly what you will encounter. Most people who do their own auto work naturally do so in their garage. Unfortunately, homeowners do not always dispose of this type of hazardous waste in accordance with the code. It can be on someone's property indefinitely or, worse, in the garage.
For this reason, it is important that you know what to expect when you do a job in a confined space, such as a garage.
Additional materials to consider:
- To lead
- Paint and paint thinner
- Engine oil
It is important to wear protective clothing and breathing masks when you work in private households, which may contain some of the dangerous materials we cover. Of course, you don't know unless you ask before visiting a home or business, and this should be part of every job questionnaire.