We Have a Deeper Solution for Construction Workers' Long Term Health and Safety.
LATICRETE is driven to provide education and safer alternatives to traditional construction methods.
We’re a family business who sees our industry’s workforce as family too. That’s why we’ve developed ProjectSafety™. ProjectSafety is a company-wide initiative to bring both safer products, and health and safety information to our industry. Our role as a manufacturer is to not only make quality products that are healthier to work with, but to also provide access to safety education and alternative installation techniques to help lower the staggering injury statistics associated with our industry. It’s the least we can do for family.
ProjectSafety is evolving. We'll be developing additional information and resources on the safety challenges below — so check back soon!
Respirable Crystalline Silica
Respirable crystalline silica are very small particles at least 100 times smaller than ordinary beach or playground sand. They are created when cutting, sawing, grinding, drilling, and crushing stone, rock, concrete, brick, block, and mortar. Breathing this dust can cause silicosis, which in severe cases can be disabling, or even fatal. The respirable silica dust enters the lungs and causes scar tissue to form, thus reducing the lung’s ability to take in oxygen.
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids. VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short and long-term adverse health effects. Concentrations of many VOCs are consistently higher indoors (up to ten times higher) than outdoors. Breathing VOCs can irritate the eyes, nose and throat. It can also cause difficulty breathing, nausea, and central nervous system and organ damage. Proper protection should always be worn.
Back injuries are more prevalent among construction workers than employees in all other industries combined. By nature, construction work involves physical labor that can easily result in back problems from repeated motions such as lifting, pushing, pulling and bending. Safe lifting practices and load-carrying techniques are crucial to preventing painful and chronic back injuries in the workplace.
Protecting your knees is vital for career longevity in construction. The knee is especially vulnerable to injury due to its complexity. Not only does it bend and straighten, it allows twisting and rotating movements, all while supporting the majority of the body's weight. Concrete floor finishing and tile and stone installations require considerable bending and kneeling that put a lot of stress on the knees. Therefore, it is crucial to train workers on how they can help maintain healthy knees for an active construction career.
Construction has a much higher rate of eye injuries than any other industry. Flying particles are common in many tasks on the job site; from sawing, drilling, chipping, blasting, even blowing dirt and dust. Chemical and concrete splashes also pose risks. Eye protection is necessary to avoid injury or permanent vision loss.
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