Lung Health & Safety on the Construction Site

Women’s Lung Health Week is May 12-18, 2019, which is a great time to refresh ourselves on lung health and how to protect our lungs while on the jobsite. The American Lung Association aims to raise awareness of lung cancer during this week. Lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer in the United States for both men and women. 

The Importance of Protecting Your Lungs

In order to live, every cell in your body needs oxygen. It is the job of your lungs to make sure that your body is getting the oxygen that it needs to survive. As you age, the capacity of your lungs starts to decline. It is important to keep your lungs healthy and functioning so you can breathe properly. 

Here are some tips for keeping your lungs healthy:

  • Don’t Smoke
  • Exercise
  • Get Regular Check-Ups by Your Doctor
  • Prevent Cold & Respiratory Infections
  • Avoid Exposure to Harmful Air Toxins

Construction Site Lung Hazards

If you are working on a construction site, there will be breathable substances in the air around you that are harmful for your lungs. Silica dust is one harmful toxin that may be found on construction sites. Respirable crystalline silica is created when cutting, sawing, grinding, drilling, or crushing stone, rock, concrete, brick, and mortar. Workers who are involved or around these activities may be exposed to silica dust.

It is important to be aware of the dangers of silica dust. People who inhale crystalline silica particles have an increased risk of developing

If you work on construction sites where you may be exposed to silica dust, you should take measures to prevent exposure. OSHA has a standard that is aimed at protecting workers exposed to silica dust in construction. 

Silica Dust Protection from SSU

Employers and workers can reduce exposure to silica dust by being compliant with OSHA’s silica dust standard. Employers must provide respirators and silica dust compliant equipment to limit worker’s exposure. Safety Supplies Unlimited provides respiratory protection and silica dust compliant equipment for construction sites. Our silica dust compliant equipment includes saws, grinders, polishers, sanders, and more. Protect your workers by purchasing your silica dust protection on our website or give us a call at 201-436-4200 to learn more.