Construction & Demolition
How safe am I in the workplace?
Typical workplaces are full of items that may be potentially hazardous as they contain Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs). The average employee may come into contact with numerous items on the job that might contain these dangerous pollutants.
POPs and Construction & Demolition
Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) are toxic chemicals that are harmful to human health and the environment. Adverse reproductive, developmental, behavioral, neurological, endocrine, and immunological health effects have all been linked to POPs. Workers in the Construction & Demolition industry are particularly at risk due to the long term exposure to the effects of POPs. Since POPs can be found in so many products and equipment, all workers should take steps to protect themselves. A healthy worker is a productive worker. Not only is it in your best interest to have a safe working environment – it is also your right.
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Cómo Construction & Demolition están siendo afectadas por los COPs
Workers may be particularly at risk since they may often work in the disassembly of products that contain POPs. Products such as carpeting and furniture may be treated with these toxic pollutants which may be released during demolition. Some types of insulation foam also contain flame retardant POPs and exposure may occur during construction or demolition works.
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Construction & Demolition, safeguard yourselves!
Prolonged POPs exposure has been known to cause many types of cancer, immune system deficiencies, reproductive problems, and in severe cases, death. By thoroughly checking every item that has the potential for danger, not only are you protecting yourself and your colleagues from harm, but you are safeguarding their loved ones from also being exposed through third party contact. Follow these simple tips to protect yourself from POPs:
- Confirm whether there are any POPs in materials being demolished and confirm the proper disposal method for the waste.
- Practice proper storage, handling, and securing of PCB oils to avoid environmental and human contamination.
- Wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) whenever handling equipment. Wash contaminated PPE per manufacturer’s instructions.
- Avoid the burning of copper wires and direct inhalation of emissions.
Construction & Demolition, Reduce your exposure today!
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By reducing your exposure to these pollutants, you are safeguarding yourself, taking an active role in the health of your colleagues, and playing a greater role in the community at large by stopping these hazards before they can hurt others.