Construction has earned a reputation for being one of the most dangerous industries to work in. This is as true for New York as it is for most of the rest of the country and even the rest of the world. If you or your loved one works in construction, you may wonder what risks they might find themselves up against.

Asbestos remains one of the most dangerous materials that construction workers grapple with. Workers often come across this material while renovating or demolishing older buildings. Employers do have some responsibilities to help protect workers in these instances.

Limiting exposure

OSHA states that employers must see to it that no employee suffers exposure to airborne asbestos particles above a certain level of concentration. Some concentration levels also have time limits, such as 30 minutes only for asbestos levels in excess of 1 f/cc.

Using respirators

Construction workers should also receive respirators while working on various asbestos jobs that fall into different classes. For instance, employers should provide respirators for all Class I jobs. The type of work required for the job and the materials workers handle might also affect respirator use requirements.

Wearing protective clothing

OSHA states that employers should also provide protective, whole-body clothing to employees. These include overalls or anything else of a similar design. Covering for the foot, hands and head are essential when it comes to keeping employees safe.

Even though these and many other guidelines are in place, employers often do not provide the necessary protection. Workers may also not know the risks they face when handling certain jobs without the right gear. Unfortunately, this can lead to workers developing chronic asbestos-related illnesses.