Safety Group Report


August 2010

Working Safely with Solvents
Source: State Compensation Insurance Fund

chemicalsSolvents are so common in many work places that workers forget how dangerous they are.  Although solvents can be used safely, health problems can result from skin contact with solvents or from inhalation of their vapors. In addition to the health hazards, many solvent vapors are flammable and explosive.


One of the most common health hazards associated with exposure to solvents is dermatitis. Contact dermatitis can develop from a single or from multiple exposures. It can leave the skin susceptible to a short-term infection or to a chronic condition. Exposure can also result in sensitization to the solvent, which is a delayed allergic reaction that often becomes more severe with subsequent exposures

One big danger with solvents is that they can cause trouble before you realize what's happening. Depending on the type and concentration of the solvent, exposure effects can range from mild respiratory irritation to severe damage to body organs and systems. In extreme cases, overexposure to solvent vapors can cause respiratory failure and death.

When working with solvents, it's important to know what solvents are being used and what steps should be taken to protect against harmful or dangerous exposures. To optimize safety follow these suggestions:
- Know what solvents you're working with.
- Read the labels and the material safety data sheets of the
  solvents. They list the hazards, health effects, and safe
  handling procedures.
- Make sure the workspace is properly ventilated.
- Use recommended gloves, eye and face protection, boots, other
  protective clothing, or barrier creams as required.
- If respiratory equipment is used, make sure it gives appropriate
  protection for the exposure.
- Take care when pouring solvents from one container to another,
  as fire or explosions can occur from static electricity buildup.
- Clean up solvent spills promptly.
- Never wash your hands with solvents.
- Prohibit welding, cutting, soldering, and other sources of ignition
  in areas where solvents are used.
- Store flammable solvents in well-ventilated areas constructed of
  fire-resistant materials.
- Ground and bond all tanks and equipment for storage.
- Install readily accessible fire extinguishers in storage and work

As with other toxic substances in the workplace, the preferred methods of hazard control are substitution of a less toxic substance in an operation, local exhaust ventilation, and enclosure.


Moving at the Speed
of Safety
  By Judy Kerry, SCIF


Moving vehicles and equipment cause many injuries and fatalities in construction. Moving equipment of any kind can be dangerous, including portable staging, scaffolding, work platforms, hoists, cranes and dozers. But sometimes machinery is essential to a job. Machine operators do their best to keep from running into or over workers, but with all the activity and noise at a construction site, an operator may not see a worker in the line of danger.

All vehicle or equipment operators should be trained and competent.  Operators should arrive at a construction site prepared for a safe day by getting enough rest and taking occasional breaks during the day to reduce fatigue.  Machine operation should be limited or avoided if operators feel ill or take medication that may affect their level of alertness. 

Click here to read the entire article and to learn more about equipment safety.

Use Caution Near Overhead Power Lines
Source: State Compensation Insurance Fund

Each year construction workers are killed or disabled after accidentally coming into contact with high voltage overhead power lines. It's important for the safety and life of everyone who works around these power lines, especially if operating machinery with cranes or booms, to be fully aware of their electrocution hazards.

There are steps that employers and site supervisors can take to optimize worker safety when working around overhead power lines. First, train all workers to recognize the hazards associated with power lines. Then, insure workers comply with OSHA regulations that apply to their work situation.

Click here to read the entire article and see more tips on how to ensure workers safety around overhead power lines.


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If new to the program, please contact your
Preferred Broker.

If renewing with the program through your existing agent, have your agent contact:

Package Program

Betsy Moore
WC Underwriting
General Agency
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To apply for the
NECA West Workers' Compensation ADR program you may request a quote from BOTH the
NECA West Captive
ADR program and the
NECA West State Fund
ADR program.

If new to the program, please contact your Preferred Broker.

If renewing with the program through your existing agent, have your agent contact:

Captive ADR Program
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WC Underwriting
General Agency
Services, Inc


NECA West State Fund
ADR Program

Susan Venegas
WC Underwriting



Objectives & Benefits of NECA ADR


- Reduce Workers' 
  Comp claim costs
- Reduce employer costs
- Improve benefit delivery
- Promote safety
- Promote labor-
  management cooperation
- Create more jobs for
  union members


- Reduce loss costs
- Reduced litigation
- Shorter claim cycle
- Better medical care
- Faster return to work


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