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1: Safety

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    2293
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    • 1.1: First Aid & Personal Protective Equipment
      Job site accidents and injuries as a result of tools and equipment being misused or failing are quite common. Cuts and punctures from sharp objects, contusions from blunt objects or impacts, burns from open flame torches and hot pipes, splashing of chemicals or debris to the eyes, and electrical shock are just a few of the common injuries associated with the building maintenance trade.
    • 1.2: Eye and Face Protection
    • 1.3: Hearing Protection
    • 1.4: Head Protection
      Protecting employees from potential head injuries is a key element of any safety program. A head injury can impair an employee for life or it can be fatal. Wearing a safety helmet or hard hat is one of the easiest ways to protect an employee’s head from injury. Hard hats can protect employees from impact and penetration hazards as well as from electrical shock and burn hazards.
    • 1.5: Hand Protection
    • 1.6: Respiratory Protection
      The information in this section will provide basic information to workers and employers who may find themselves using respiratory protection for the first time. The guidance provides information on what respirators are, how they work, and what is needed for a respirator to provide protection.
    • 1.7: Foot Protection
    • 1.8: Tool & Shop Safety
      Tools are such a common part of our lives that it is difficult to remember that they may pose hazards. Tragically, a serious incident can occur before steps are taken to identify and avoid or eliminate tool-related hazards.
    • 1.9: Ladder Safety & Fall Protection
      Falls from portable ladders (step, straight, combination and extension) are one of the leading causes of occupational fatalities and injuries.


    1: Safety is shared under a CC BY 4.0 license and was authored, remixed, and/or curated by Clifford Rutherford via source content that was edited to conform to the style and standards of the LibreTexts platform; a detailed edit history is available upon request.

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