Asphalt Work

Photo Courtesy of Thinkstock: 507516879. Ignition sources such as lighted cigarettes, electricity or pen flames should be strictly prohibited in the vicinity of asphalt operations

Ignition sources such as lighted cigarettes, electricity or pen flames should be strictly prohibited in the vicinity of asphalt operations.

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Did you know that breathing asphalt fumes can irritate the nose, throat and lungs, causing coughing, wheezing and/or shortness of breath?

Asphalt has many other names: Road tar, road binder, and seal coating material.

Workers in the construction industry, who do asphalt work like hot tar roofing or road paving work, can be exposed to serious hazard such as the following:

  • Heat illness.
  • Inhalation of toxic gases, fumes, and vapors.
  • Moving vehicles or equipment (trucks, cars, cranes forklifts).
  • Sprains and strains.

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  • Combustible material.
  • Loud noises.
  • Moving mechanical parts.
  • Slips and trips.
  • Overexertion.

This could lead to serious injuries or even death.

Information provided in this topic page can help employers and employees identify and evaluate existing and foreseeable safety and health hazards and provide resources to help with training, prevention methods, and the development and implementation of a required written safety and health accident prevention program (APP).

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