Jim describes the health hazards that can be present on a construction site, including hazardous chemicals. He also describes Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).
- In the construction industry, when we talk…about occupational safety and health,…we do tend to focus maybe a little more…on the safety side of things.…But now I want to shift gears a little bit…and I want to take a look at that health side of the issue.…I think health issues in construction don't get…as much attention as safety issues…because many times the way things work…in construction, our exposure tends to not be…as constant as it would be for instance…in a manufacturing plant where something…like exposure to a hazardous chemical…might be constant throughout the entire day shift.…
The result is that many times, again not always,…but many times the health hazard is not immediate…on a construction project.…The sickness that might result from exposure…to hazardous chemicals might need to build up over time,…maybe even a long period of time,…and the resulting illness might occur far enough…in the future that it's not even immediately associated…with that construction work that we did in the past.…Now this does not or should not make health issues…
Throughout this course, Jim highlights some of the most notable safety and health hazards in the industry—including fall hazards, traffic accidents, and respiratory hazards—and shares strategies for integrating safety, quality, and productivity. He also explains how to leverage technological advancements such as digital drawings to help your team work safer and smarter.
- Recognizing health hazards in the industry
- Integrating safety, quality, and productivity
- Creating a culture of learning
- Recognizing leading indicators
- Using digital solutions to improve safety
- Using BIM to identify hazards early