New SCSA Asbestos Demo Added to Offerings
Historically the SCSA has provided a variety of safety demonstrations focused around the importance of proper use and maintenance of personal protective equipment (PPE) - back protection, eye protection,fall protection, hand protection, head protection and ladder safety. In 2018, an asbestos demonstration has been added to this line up.
What is asbestos? Asbestos, meaning “inextinguishable” in Greek, is the fibrous form of crocidolite, amosite, chrysotile, anthophyllite, tremolite or a mixture containing any of these materials. Asbestos was commonly used for insulating buildings and homes against cold weather and noise, and due to its heat and fire resistant characteristics, it was also a popular fireproofing material used in the early 1900s. In most commercial forms, asbestos looks like attic insulation—a ball of thick fuzz. The construction industry have, and some continue, to use asbestos in products such as cement and plaster, industrial furnaces and heating systems, building insulation, floor and ceiling tiles, house siding, car and truck brake pads and vehicle transmission components, such as clutches. If you work in a building built before 1990, it’s likely that some parts of it will contain asbestos. To learn more about the health risks, visit our booth at the Industrial Safety Seminar in Saskatoon next week. Asbestos is one of the 20 topics covered in the SCSA Guide to OHS Legislation app which can be downloaded for free from both the Apple and Google stores by searching SCSA. Other resources include Tool Box Talks and online training
Currently the SCSA provides the following Safety Demonstrations to a variety of audiences (workers, students, contractors) upon request:
- Back Protection Demo: Uses a scale and a pulley system to demonstrate the extra force applied to your back when performing improper lifting techniques.
- Eye Protection Demo: Demonstrates the protective differences between safety-rated eyewear (CSA Z94.3; ANSI Z87.1) and regular eyewear by testing the resistance of each with shots from a nail gun.
- Fall Protection Demo: Demonstrates the differences in wearing a shock-absorbing lanyard versus a regular lanyard by measuring the amount of force that would be applied to your body when falling from a distance.
- Hand Protection Demo: Demonstrates the effectiveness of using proper hand protection by putting different types of gloves through abrasion, cut, puncture, and tear tests.
- Head Protection Demo: Objects are dropped from a distance on a syrofoam mannequin head to demonstrate the potential head injuries that can occur when a hardhat is not worn on a construction site.
- Ladder Safety Demo: Ladders are one of the most commonly used pieces of equipment on construction sites. Used improperly, they can pose a serious hazard to workers. Our new ladder safety demonstration will highlight industry best practices as well as legislative requirements when it comes to using step and extension ladders on your job sites.