Monday, January 12, 2009

Fiberglass Training Guide

The eLCOSH website provides a Fiberglass Training Guide (Taken from the "Tailgate Meetings that Work : A Guide to Effective Construction Safety Training" series). Some of the information contained on the site includes:

What symptoms can you get if you work around fiberglass?

Skin and eye contact: In addition to itching, fiberglass can cause skin irritation, redness, and swelling. Some people get “fiberglass warts,” a type of skin inflammation. The fibers can also irritate your eyes and even cause serious eye injury if you don’t get proper treatment.

Breathing: Inhaled fibers may cause coughing, throat irritation, bronchitis, or lung irritation. Small fibers can stick deep in your lungs. Long-term exposure to high concentrations of these fibers may possibly lead to permanent lung disease.

These tailgate/toolbox talks were developed for use under California OSHA regulations. The complete set is available from the Labor Occupational Health Program at UC Berkeley.

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