Construction Activity Pollution Prevention requires a lot of coordination and onsite management lending itself to potential overlap and collaboration opportunities between sustainability and safety. There are a number of parallels between safety supervision and construction activity pollution prevention that can make a jobsite and the surrounding community safer.
The following are a few examples:
- Jobsite safety walks for exterior construction activities
- Trip and fall protection during exterior groundwork and construction
- Prevention of exposure to chemicals from leaks / spills
- Dust control to keep particulates out of airways
- Air quality associated with equipment emissions
- Erosion and sedimentation control
The employer must have an annual training program for workers exposed to noise at or above an eight-hour time-weighted average of 85 decibels and follow PPE standards.
- Pre-read the Toolbox Talk. Your comfort level and confidence will be higher if you know your topic.
- Discuss related tasks, work areas or events that make the Toolbox Talk relevant to your job site.
- Involve the workers by asking questions and input that drives discussion.
Questions for Discussion
- Why is this important?
- Which trades require participation? How long is it in effect?
- What equipment & materials are involved? How is it communicated & monitored?
- How is it measured & reported?