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Silicosis Prevention

To protect yourself from possible exposure to respirable crystallinesilica you must prevent the creation of silica-laden dust. Use power tools that are designed to keep the point of operation (cutting blade, drill bit, etc.) wet. Another option is to use HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter equipped power tools. In order for these tools to…

Do not overload aerial or scissor lifts.

Both aerial and scissor lifts have a maximum working load ratingthat must not be exceeded. The weight of the worker(s) plus their tools and materials must be compared to this rating. It is not uncommon to see workers lift building materials (i.e., glass) with them and the total weight exceeds the maximum rating. The angle…