BITUMEN AND OCCUPATIONAL HAZARD

Bitumen in service (in the road, on the roof, … ) is an inert material and represents no hazard to human health. During its storage, transportation and application it is heated to high temperatures so, for those working with bitumen, hazards do exist, although these can be easily managed. The risk of being exposed to these hazards is minimised by following comprehensive health and safety guidelines which include measures such as: • Keeping the temperature of the material as low as practically possible • Working in well ventilated conditions • Job rotation around a worksite • Use of personal protective equipment, especially in confined spaces.

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