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International Operating Engineer - Fall 2019

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The quarterly magazine of the International Union of Operating Engineers.

Safety & Health

Safety & Health respirator protection standard. Workers should use nitrile gloves instead of latex gloves due to the risk of developing a latex allergy from repeated exposure. Lastly, workers’ noise exposure should be measured. If noise exposure exceeds the Occupational Safety and Health Administration threshold of 85 dBA over an 8 hour workshift, a hearing conservation program should be implemented to help prevent permanent hearing loss. Please see the full HHE report, Evaluation of Fire Debris Cleanup Workers’ Exposure to Silica, Asbestos, Metals and Polyaromatic Hydrocarbons, for more details. [article & report] C. Beaucham and J. Eisenberg, NIOSH Division of Field Studies; C. Hamilton, NIOSH Division of Science Integration. [above] Dust cloud generated by moving debris during cleanup. [below] Operator of excavator wearing PPE including helmet, eye protection, respirator, coveralls, gloves, and steel toed boots while working in footprint. [photos] NIOSH (2018 site visit) 12 INTERNATIONAL OPERATING ENGINEER FALL 2019 13

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