Glazier (Glass Worker)
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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.
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.
- Handling large, awkward, heavy sheets of glass.
- Working in awkward positions and standing for long periods of time.
- Slips, trips and falls.
- Injuries from falling objects, or being crushed by heavy sheets of glass.
- Cuts and lacerations from sharp edges of glass or the tools used.
- Eye injuries from flying particles when cutting and grinding glass.
- Exposure to dust from cutting, grinding, drilling and polishing of glass.
- Exposure to other materials and equipment such as wood or metal when creating framing.
- Using hand tools and powered hand tools.
- Exposures to solvents in adhesives, sealants, etching chemicals, and cleaning products.
- Working outdoors in hot or cold weather.
- Working alone.
- Travel to reach job sites.
- Follow roper procedures for working at heights, including a fall protection plan .
- Work safely when 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, including sharp blades or edges.
- Use correct personal protective equipment such as eye protection when cutting and grinding.
- Use protective gloves and footwear when handling glass sheets.
- Take adequate breaks to avoid fatigue.
- Know first aid and keep a first-aid kit 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.
- Drive safely, including in winter conditions. Do not drive distracted.
- On construction sites, know the safety rules and procedures.
- Wear appropriate personal protective equipment, including footwear, head protection, eye protection and gloves.
- Read the safety data sheets for any hazardous products that you use and follow all recommended safety precautions.
- Avoid stress and fatigue associated with working long workdays, shift work, and tight deadlines.
- Follow good housekeeping procedures.
- Fact sheet last revised: 2021-12-17