Construction safety signs rules
Hard hat Required sign- Protecting employees from potential head injuries is a key element of a safety program in virtually all industries. The primary reasons for an organization to require hard hats in the work environment is to help protect employees from head trauma from objects falling from above; bumping into fixed objects, such as pipes or beams; or contact with electrical hazards. Head protection also can serve to help protect employees from splashes, rain, high heat, and exposure to ultraviolet light.
When Is a Hard Hat Required? OSHA requires, in 29 CFR 1910.135, that if the following hazardous conditions are present, then head protection is required:
- Objects might fall from above and strike employees on the head
- There is potential for employees to bump their heads against fixed objects, such as exposed pipes or beams
- There is a possibility of accidental head contact with electrical
High Visibility vest -OSHA Imposes Reflective Vests on Construction Industry Without Rulemaking. OSHA recently announced that all highway and road construction workers - not just flaggers - must wear reflective vests. ... As to non-flaggers, no generally applicable OSHA standard requires them to wear reflective clothing.Section 634.3 of the Worker Visibility Rule states: All workers within the right-of-way of a Federal-aid highway who are exposed either to traffic (vehicles using the highway for purposes of travel) or to construction equipment within the work area shall wear high-visibility safety apparel.
Protective foot wear - It depends on the type of protective footwear the employer selects for employees to use. OSHA standard 29 CFR 1910.132(d)(1) states: "The employer shall assess the workplace to determine if hazards are present, or are likely to be present, which necessitate the use of personal protective equipment (PPE). If such hazards are present, or likely to be present, the employer shall:
Select, and have each affected employee use, the types of PPE that will protect the affected employee from the hazards identified in the hazard assessment;
Communicate selection decisions to each affected employee; and,
Select PPE that properly fits each affected employee. Note: Non-mandatory Appendix B contains an example of procedures that would comply with the requirement for a hazard assessment."
The employer can require safety-toe footwear to be worn at all times if the employer has conducted a workplace hazard assessment and concluded that hazards are present, or are likely to be present that would require the employee to wear safety-toe footwear while on the job site. However, if the employer selects non-specialty safety-toe protective footwear that provides adequate protection against the hazards on the job, the footwear is not required to be provided by the employer at no cost to the employees, regardless of the policy that it be worn at all times.
Eye and face protection.
The employer shall ensure that each affected employee uses appropriate eye or face protection when exposed to eye or face hazards from flying particles, molten metal, liquid chemicals, acids or caustic liquids, chemical gases or vapors, or potentially injurious light radiation.
The employer shall ensure that each affected employee uses eye protection that provides side protection when there is a hazard from flying objects. Detachable side protectors (e.g. clip-on or slide-on side shields) meeting the pertinent requirements of this section are acceptable.
The employer shall ensure that each affected employee who wears prescription lenses while engaged in operations that involve eye hazards wears eye protection that incorporates the prescription in its design, or wears eye protection that can be worn over the prescription lenses without disturbing the proper position of the prescription lenses or the protective lenses.
Eye and face PPE shall be distinctly marked to facilitate identification of the manufacturer.
The employer shall ensure that each affected employee uses equipment with filter lenses that have a shade number appropriate for the work being performed for protection from injurious light radiation. The following is a listing of appropriate shade numbers for various operations
Hear Protection: he Occupational Safety and Health Admini- stration's (OSHA's) Noise standard (29 CFR 1910.95) requires employers to have a hearing conservation program in place if workers are exposed to a time-weighted average (TWA) noise level of 85 decibels (dBA) or higher over an 8-hour work shift.
No smoking or electronic cigarettes: Code Section 1404 that smoking is prohibited at all NYC Construction sites. All violators shall be subjected to F.D.N.Y. and NYC D.O.B penalties.
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