Armando Iachini: Industrial Hygiene at Construcciones Yamaro

As we all know, construction works always undergo substantial changes with the emergence of new materials, machinery and construction elements. Construcciones Yamaro, always ensuring the safety of its workers, reduces the hygienic, chemical, physical and biological hazards by measuring and applying industrial hygiene statutes.

Armando Iachini: Industrial Hygiene at Construcciones Yamaro
Reducing chemical risks

According to the company, the areas that have to be well treated regarding industrial hygiene

  • Mean of dissemination: to verify the correct operation, order and cleanliness of workplaces.
  • The worker: to inform clearly and responsibly about risks and control measures, correct work practices, the proper use of personal protective equipment, which is the most effective method of risks prevention.
  • Pollutants emission: to identify, evaluate and implement measures that serve to prevent risks. Here, the risks in each of the jobs, tasks performed, exposure time, and primary and basic risk control measures are considered in each of these areas. Once this inspection process is culminated, professional controls are needed in order to serve to test the effectiveness of hygiene measures taken.

General recommendations from Construcciones Yamaro

  • When talking about protection of health of human capital, the aspects studied cannot just be about reporting risks of carrying out the work, but to communicate the importance of personal hygiene. All this means: cleaning and taking care of the body, during and after finishing the workday.

    Armando Iachini: Industrial Hygiene at Construcciones Yamaro
    Taking care of workers

  • The works related to construction, whatever the area and the type may bring various risks, including those about physical aspects. These risks factor can be noise, heat, cold, vibration, pressure and radiation.
  • In this same regard, maintaining order and cleanliness in the workplace and the materials used make the performance of workers more comfortable, safe and efficient. It is essential to remove deposits of debris, garbage, water and any other type of waste pollution representing short and long term.
  • To provide places for hygiene during working hours and keep them clean. Bathrooms are places for ordinary use. This is why they are prone to the accumulation and spread of bacteria that can infect other workers.
  • Areas designated for resting should stay away from the toilets and waste places.
  • To have a first aid kit to maintain the order in case of accident.

In works that are performed in enclosed spaces such as earthworks, underground works and demolition, proper ventilation is essential to prevent respiratory diseases caused by contamination of air and chemicals management. It is also vital equipment use integrated security to prevent body exposure to infectious microorganisms. Do not forget that the risks of underground work are always more serious than the work surface because it is a confined space.

Armando Iachini: Industrial Hygiene at Construcciones Yamaro
Provide protection againts hazardous materials

Construcciones Yamaro also suggests considering the impact of construction on the surrounding communities: workers, as well as these communities will be exposed to the consequences of all construction activities even if these have already been completed. Any activity that represents any type of damage in the short, medium and long term, should be reconsidered.

It is important to distinguish that every work and activity in the construction sector has its risks, however, for Construcciones Yamaro all these risks can be handle and avoided in a right way in order to abstain from any health risk.

Construction at Heights: A Safe Work for Construcciones Yamaro

Construcciones Yamaro is aware that work on high constructions is one of the most dangerous activities; consequently, falls from heights are a big risk for the life of workers.

Construction at Heights: A Safe Work for Construcciones Yamaro
Working at heights

It is important to distinguish that every work and activity in the construction sector has its risks, however, for Construcciones Yamaro all these risks can be handle and avoided in a right way in order to abstain from any health risk.

Different aspects about this topic and activities in the construction sector may lead to the most common primary risks, to which workers are exposed, and even supervisors may be victims of those risks if the necessary measures are not taken.

Construcciones Yamaro and the law

Construction at Heights: A Safe Work for Construcciones Yamaro
Protective devices

In compliance with the Organic Law on Prevention, Conditions and Working Environment (Lopcymat in Spanish), Construcciones Yamaro is committed with the security of each of its workers, always considering construction activities, installation, maintenance or repair work carried out in heights, with risks on free fall and serious injury. The company evaluates the following aspects:

  • Dangerous conditions
  • Making unsafe maneuvers
  • Negligence

Accidents that can be handled

Many of the accidents in the construction sector, rather than being related to lack of knowledge or skills, are associated with the low valuation that takes into security systems. Nevertheless, Construcciones Yamaro can be sure that much can be achieved in the prevention of accidents if strict safety regulations for work on heights are considered. Some aspects to be considered are:

  • In addition to individual protection, consider collective protection.
  • Evaluate work surfaces that are not defective, slippery, unstable, disorderly, unmarked or deprived of secure access.
  • Make sure of weather conditions are the appropriate. Sometime, weather can adverse job performance.
  • Use appropriately all personal protective equipment: safety belt or harness, sling or gripper and lifeline.
  • Install and monitor the entire devices related to worker’s protection.
  • Report any defects, damage, misuse or lack of equipment or protective devices.
  • If a safety device is removed, it must be replaced by an alternative one that does not decrease the level of security.
  • Openly and responsibly report the accompanying dangers that the worker will be exposed to: power, sharp edges, moving equipment, confined spaces or handling of hazardous substances.
  • Correct use of scaffolding, ladders and cranes: the use of these devices to access the work will depend on the functions, frequency of passage, height and of course, time of use. In addition to this information, the election must allow safe evacuation in case of imminent danger.
  • Promoting safe traffic maneuvers roofs and canals.
  • Use sturdy railings and height necessary to prevent slippage of workers or avoid falling tools.
  • Conduct regular medical checkups to determine the healthy mental and physical condition of the workers.
  • Train workers on theoretical, practical and on a regular basis related to the risks of working at heights, equipment and security systems, inspection and maintenance of equipment and security systems, safe work procedures and first aid.
  • Evaluate the conditions and occupational hazards on a regular basis and on completion of the projects.