Toxins – Heavy Construction


Some people may be surprised to learn that highway workers are at an increased risk for health hazards due to their profession. Highway construction workers can be exposed to a variety of toxic substances that can enter the body through breathing, swallowing and/or absorption through the skin. Some common toxins include:

  • silica dust
  • asphalt fumes
  • wet concrete
  • lead
  • carbon monoxide

To reduce exposure to these toxins and protect yourself from getting sick:

  • limit exposure as much as possible
  • stay upwind of hazardous fumes and dusts
  • make sure hazard controls like fans are working
  • wear protective gear, such as goggles, respirators, gloves and other skin coverings
  • report any health concerns┬áto your supervisor