Jim describes different sources of respiratory hazards on construction sites and explains the hierarchy of controls for hazard protection. He also discusses the use of respirators and other personal protective equipment (PPE).
- The last category of health hazards that I'll cover,…are respiratory hazards.…One of the things that we tend to do on construction sites,…is we kick up a lot of particles into the air.…Now some of these particles are small enough…to breathe in through our nose and mouth.…And some are small enough to make it all the way…into the airways in our lungs.…And then some of these particles…are small enough to pass even further through our lungs,…and enter into what we call the gas exchange region,…where these particles disrupt…the basic function of our lungs,…which is to get oxygen to our blood.…
Now these are really small particles.…They're called respirable particles, and they're tiny.…About five microns in size,…meaning that they're much smaller than we can see.…But the particles that we're breathing…don't have to be that small to cause harm.…Now when we talk about respiratory hazards…on construction sites, a lot of people think about asbestos.…This was a mineral.…It was very common in construction products…like drywall and ceiling tiles,…
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