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When it comes to the residential construction workforce, it's important to provide employees and employers with the tools to make the residential workplace productive and safe. Fortunately, there are many examples of ways to meet safety requirements.

There are many safety-related requirements that employers must follow in order to provide a safe workplace for employees. For example, the construction employer is required to provide: a safety program, tailored to the operation and types of hazards involved. Regular safety meetings to address safety, and the needs of the job, are also key. Sometimes, these are held in large group meetings, and sometimes they are tailgate, or toolbox meetings. There should also be first aid training, with kits provided, including a portable first aid kit for transient, or short-duration, jobs.

Workers also need the Personal Protective Equipment, or PPE, necessary to do the job safely. If you need help with these or any other matters related to workplace safety and health, or if you need a copy of the Safety Standards for Construction Work, please contact your local Labor and Industries Office.

There are a number of code requirements, as well as tips on how to work safely during the siding phase of residential construction. These areas include: job prep, walk-around safety inspection, setup and siding, ladder safety/safe access, scaffold safety, and job completion.

On the job safety is a joint effort that requires cooperation between employers and workers. Planning for safety will increase the efficiency and profitability of the job. Make sure you have your first aid kit, work order, and the site specific fall protection work plans. Preparing for this job involves inspecting all your gear. Make sure your fall protection equipment is not damaged, and all the components are there. Before you leave for the job site, have all the tools and equipment necessary to complete the job, whether you leave from the office, or any other location.

Upon arriving at the site, include as part of the walk-around safety inspection, the safe access to your work area, including the location of trenches, excavations, construction debris, tripping, slipping hazards, and interior fall hazards. Make sure to: look for any unprotected openings in the roof. Look for the location of anchors. Review and complete the fall protection work plan. Identify the location of electrical panels and raceways. Mark the location of electrical panels and raceways on the outside of the building to avoid nailing into them during installation. Look for fall hazards in the interior, such as stairways, balconies, and wall openings. Stairways require temporary or permanent railings.

If permanent anchors have been installed, check that they have been properly installed. This is one that is not properly installed; it is missing a lower block. Document the inspection, and get any deficiencies corrected. If anchors have not been properly installed, or if a permanent anchor is not available, installing a permanent or temporary anchor may be an option. There are many types of anchors available. Be sure to follow manufacturer's recommendations for installation. Before installing an anchor, consult with your supervisor, and adjust your fall protection work plan accordingly. Coordinate any corrections with the appropriate person.

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