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Gas Detection and the Construction Industry

In this webinar we examine gas detection issues and answers for the construction industry from the standpoint of construction workers, employers, contractors, and emergency responders.

Equipment and materials used in construction activities can expose workers to toxic contaminants like CO, H2S, NO2, solvents and other VOC vapors. Construction activities also often involve working in and around confined spaces.

OSHA 1926 Subpart AA, “Confined Spaces in Construction” includes many new gas detection requirements. Regulations require contractors to understand and follow the rules for permit required confined spaces, and to use instruments for explosive, toxic and oxygen monitoring to keep workers safe. Confined space requirements include emergency response as well as how to ensure proper communication between workers and contractors with different responsibilities. The regulations additionally include requirements for testing and maintaining your instruments.

Understanding, choosing, testing, and using the correct portable gas detector is vital to the safety of construction workers. This webinar provides an overview of these essential worker safety issues.

Brought to you by GfG Instrumentation in cooperation with Safeopedia.

Learning Objectives:

  1. The importance of gas detection in the construction industry, which is a challenging market for contractors and employers due to the many obligations and concerns that involve atmospheric monitoring.

  2. The need to anticipate critical requirements ahead of time and understand the most urgent needs and concerns before making a purchase decision or bringing in new equipment.

  3. The different types of atmospheric monitoring that include personal exposure to toxic contaminants, confined space monitoring, hot work, and the determination of what is needed to keep workers safe.

  4. The importance of coordination between different teams, especially in confined space entry, and how to ensure proper communication and hand-off of responsibilities as the job proceeds.

  5. The specific hazards associated with different types of construction, including road construction, demolition, and building on marine sediments or swamps, and the potential for combustible gas, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, and other exhaust gases, as well as oxygen deficiencies and odors that require monitoring.

Bob Henderson
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