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Glazier (Glass Worker)

What does a glazier do?

A glazier is a person who works with glass - installing, repairing or replacing glass in commercial, industrial or residential buildings or in automobiles.

The main duties of a glazier include:

  • Cutting, grinding, polishing and drilling glass.
  • Handling of sheets of glass in the warehouse, during transportation, and at the work site. This handling may involve using slings and power lift devices.
  • Applying adhesives, sealants and caulks.
  • Using, cleaning and maintaining various types of equipment.
  • Administrative tasks such as preparing estimates and invoices, supervising assistants, and ensuring compliance with building codes.

What are some health and safety issues for glaziers?

Glaziers can work in a variety of settings. Some of these settings, such as construction sites, may contain many hazards which glaziers must be aware of.

The main health and safety issues for glaziers include:

  • Work at heights, including work on ladders and scaffolds - fall injuries.
  • Handling large, awkward, heavy sheets of glass - back and arm injuries.
  • Working in awkward positions and standing for long periods of time - back and arm injuries.
  • Slips, trips and falls.
  • Cuts and lacerations from sharp edges of glass.
  • Eye injuries from flying particles when cutting and grinding glass.
  • Exposure to dust from cutting, grinding, drilling and polishing of glass.
  • Using hand tools and powered hand tools.
  • Exposures to solvents in adhesives, sealants and cleaning products.
  • Working outdoors in hot or cold weather.
  • Working alone.

What are some preventative measures for a glazier?

  • Proper procedures for working at heights on ladders and scaffolds.
  • Apply safe lifting techniques.
  • Ensure that tools and equipment are in good working order. Use ergonomic friendly tools.
  • Know how to use tools and equipment safely.
  • Use correct personal protective equipment such as eye protection when cutting and grinding.
  • Use protective gloves and footwear when handling glass sheets.
  • Take frequent breaks to avoid fatigue.
  • Keep a first-aid kit/box within easy access.
  • Learn how to prevent heat stress and cold stress when working in extreme hot and cold environments.
  • Carry a mobile phone or other alternative means to contact with a designated person when working alone.

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Document last updated on November 1, 2014

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