Safety hazards are of two types--those resulting from the location of and access to the structural steel and hazards occurring as the result of exposure to paint as a possible toxic material. Hazards in the workplace are regulated by Department of Labor in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which is responsible for establishing safety rules for workers and the materials they use. Hazards that are emitted to the environment are regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Federal laws govern all works, and these laws established by congressional action are defined by OSHA rulings. These rulings are established by priority that is at the state and local level; therefore, the rulings can vary depending on where the work takes place and on the inspector who enforces the ruling. State safety requirements exert control in relevant areas whenever federal law or rulings do not cover projects. Municipal or township ordinances should be followed whenever specific rulings impose restrictions beyond the federal and state controls. It is at this level that safety requirement priorities are established and are moved up to the state, federal district, and national levels. Additional information is available in the section "Safety and Environmental Precautions" in this article.

Elastomeric Coatings for Automotive Plastics

Robert M. Piccirilli and John Burgman, PPG Industries

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