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§ 6-401. Occupational And Industrial Hygiene.

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(1) Industrial Establishments.

(a) All industrial establishments shall be conducted, operated and maintained in accordance with the Health Code and such regulations as the Board may prescribe to protect the health and life of all persons within or about such establishments from health hazards. Such regulations shall be based upon recognized public health standards and may include, but shall not be limited to, reasonable requirements to control and insure:

(.1) sufficient illumination for the work being performed.

(.2) sufficient and adequate ventilation, circulation, and conditioning of air to prevent or eliminate health hazards resulting from dust, fumes, gases, material particles or other concentrations of atmospheric contaminants or toxic substances.

(.3) prevention of harmful combinations of heat and humidity.

(.4) sufficient and adequate housekeeping and sanitation or service facilities to prevent health hazards.

(.5) prevention of the use of manufacturing processes, materials, equipment or supplies which have been demonstrated to be potential health hazards unless adequate protective devices are established and used.

(.6) prevention of employment of persons in specifically described hazardous industries without adequate pre-employment and subsequent health examinations by a physician or osteopath and without adequate study of the causes and means of preventing the specific occupational health hazards or diseases described for the industries involved.

(.7) the control of arthropods and rodents.

(2) Radiation.

(a) No person shall operate, use or maintain in a condition ready for immediate use any machine, equipment or supplies emitting ionizing radiations or radioactive particles, including x-ray machines, static eliminators, and radio isotopic machines, other than in accordance with such regulations as the Board may prescribe to protect the public health from any toxic effect of ionizing radiation or radioactive particles and to prevent harmful exposure to such radiations or radioactive particles.

(b) No person shall operate, use or maintain any shoe fluoroscope.

(3) Hearing Protection for Firefighters and Paramedics.

(a) The City of Philadelphia shall provide hearing protection that must be used by all Fire Department members operating or riding on fire apparatus and subject to noise in excess of 85 dBA.

(b) The City of Philadelphia shall provide hearing protection that must be used by all Fire Department members when exposed to noise in excess of 85 dBA that is caused by power tools or equipment, other than in situations where the use of such protective equipment would create an additional hazard to the user.

(c) Hearing protective equipment provided pursuant to this section shall be limited to ear muffs that provide effective sound attenuation and rapid donning, and that are equipped with built-in speakers and volume controls to enable radio and intercom communications.

(d) The Fire Department shall engage in a hearing conservation program to identify and reduce or eliminate potentially harmful sources of noise in the work environment.

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