06/27/2008

Asphalt Fumes

Many thousands employees are regularly exposed to fumes from hot asphalt.
Overexposure to such fumes can have adverse effects on employees' health,
ranging from immediate maladies such as headache, rash, or throat and eye
irritation, to long-term conditions such as skin cancer. Many construction
jobs, such as road paving, roofing, siding and concrete work, put employees at
risk of hazardous asphalt exposure if proper precautions are not taken.

The U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety & Health Administration
(OSHA) recommends employees:

  • Use emission capture and destruction devices to evacuate the asphalt fumes
    from the container.

  • Substitute low-fuming asphalt whenever possible.

  • Wear protective apparel, including appropriate clothing and respiratory
    protection.

  • Use heating systems to keep the asphalt at a constant temperature, and check
    it frequently.

OSHA's Safety and Health Topics Page on Asphalt Fumes is a good resource for
information that construction employees can use to prevent many of the health
hazards associated with asphalt work.


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AplusA-online.de - Source: U.S. Department of Labor - Occupational Safety & Health Administration