It is essential to protect your workers’ health and safety – and protect your own business from the risk of litigation – by complying with the health and safety regulations governing timber treatment.This is the latest tip from our senior technical advisor Gareth Jantjies, who has observed that in some instance customers disregard safety regulations.“This is short sighted, as compliance takes hardly any time, and comes with no major costs,” says Gareth. “The regulations protect workers, and the companies against possible future claims of negligence – which is what we want to help our clients to avoid.”The health and safety regulations, outlined in SANS 10005, require that all treatment operators be issued, and wear, personal protective equipment (PPE). This, goggles, respirators, acid-resistant overalls, PVC gloves, a PVC apron and steel-toed safety boots or gumboots. All workers should also all undergo entry and exit medical tests. These are medical check-ups to ascertain the levels of wood preservative chemicals in their bloodstreams before starting work at a plant, and before leaving their jobs permanently.In addition, the treatment plants need to be demarcated, and access restricted to workers with the necessary permission to enter.
Operations worker, Cirvan Valentyn fully kitted in personal protective equipment