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What does a plumber do?
What are some health and safety issues for plumbers?
What are some preventive measures for plumbers?
What are some good general safe work practices?
Which tools and equipment do they require?

What does a plumber do?

A plumber is a person who installs, repairs and maintains plumbing fixtures or systems in businesses, industries or residences.

The main duties of a plumber are to:

Measure, cut, shape, assemble and join various materials
Use, clean and maintain various equipment
Read, prepare or interpret blueprints and drawings
Conform with building codes and other regulations
Supervise apprentices or other workers
Install bathroom suites
Fit hand basin
Re-Seal baths and showers
Install WC
Repair leaks
Replace taps
Repair burst pipes
Replace old piping
Fit toilet seats
Clear blocked toilets
Repair toilets
Fix tap washers
Repair overlow problems
Unclog a toilet
Install outside tap
Install washing machines
Install dishwashers
Fit radiators
Fit combi-boiler showers
Install shower cubicles

When a new building is being constructed, a plumber is typically part of the construction crew. He or she determines where pipes should be laid, and takes care of the installation of these pipes. The plumber also typically connects the internal plumbing to external fixtures like sinks, showers, fit toilet seats, tubs, water taps and washing machines.

What are some health and safety issues for plumbers?

Plumbers work in a variety of settings, some of which may contain hazards. The main occupational hazards for plumbers to be aware of include:

Potential infection from bird or rodent droppings.
Exposure to lead, adhesives, solvents, solder, sulphur dioxide, and other toxic or carcinogenic substances
Proximity to flammable or combustible materials
Working in awkward positions, or performing awkward manual tasks
Lifting heavy or awkward objects
Exposure to extreme temperatures
Working in confined spaces
Working at heights
Risk of eye injury from flying particles
Slips, trips and falls
Working with various tools
Shift work or extended work days

What are some preventive measures for plumbers?

Follow safety procedures for confined space entry, trenches and excavations.
Use fall protection and other precautions when working at heights.
Install and maintain good ventilation.
Keep tools and equipment, and their safety features, in good working order.
Use appropriate personal protective equipment for the task.
Wear appropriate footwear.
Keep work areas clear of clutter and equipment.
Avoid awkward body positions and repetitive manual tasks, or take frequent breaks.
Learn safe lifting techniques.
Follow a recommended shift work pattern, and know the associated hazards.

What are some good general safe work practices?

Practices safety procedures for:
Confined space entry
Working at heights
Working with hand tools, and power tools
Selection, use and maintenance of personal protective equipment
Selection of footwear
Shift work
Follow company safety rules.
Learn about chemical hazards, WHMIS and MSDSs.
Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System
Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs)
Know how to report a hazard
Follow good housekeeping procedures.

Which tools and equipment do they require?
Here are further guidelines.