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Improved ventilation, safer work practices, safety training, and the right  personal protective equipment (PPE) work together to help prevent serious and costly injuries and illness.

News of explosions, suffocation in enclosed spaces, and electrocution during “hot work” all too often brings belated focus to workplace safety.

Smoke plumes from hot work can also harm workers health depending on how much unprotected exposure they have to toxic gases, particles (e.g., fume), and coatings.

Other dangers to look out for and address include:

  • Work in confined spaces and areas with low oxygen or poor ventilation
  • Proximity to use of ignitable liquids and vapor
  • Flash(UV) burns to eyes and skin
  • Contact with molten slag and sparks
  • Dangerous exposed moving parts on equipment and tools
  • Noise
  • Sprains and strains

Information provided in this and related topic pages can help employers and employees identify and evaluate existing and potential hazards. They provide resources to help with training, and the development and implementation of the required safety & health programs.

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