Full text: The Department of Labor and Industry

lems of health and sanitation which they encounter in the field and 
in the solution of which they feel they need special advice. Such help, 
when definite regulations on the subject are not needed, is given direct 
to the inspector to aid him in solving, with the employer, the problems 
in question. This further broadens the experience of the field inspector 
as a practical safety engineer. 
Replying to inquiries from all sources concerning the dangers to 
health in specific industrial processes, the Section supplies data on the 
points in question from the experiences of the members of the Depart- 
ment or from published information which has been collected and made 
available by other investigators. In addition, the Section maintains 
sonstant contact with individuals and agencies interested in improving 
generally the health of workers and the conditions under which they 
are employed. 
A recent important work of the Hygiene and Sanitation Section has 
been the investigation of the health hazards of spray coating. This 
investigation was the first of its kind undertaken on such a large scale 
by any such organization in the country. Locations where this work 
has been carried on have been very carefully investigated and the 
conclusions have been published in a very comprehensive report. The 
report contains the first authentic information and investigation on the 
subject. The tremendous growth in the use of the spray method of 
coating surfaces has made it important that the health hazards to 
workmen be definitely ascertained. Tt is on the findings of this investi- 
gation that the regulations on spray coating promulgated by this De- 
partment were based. 
When the laws enforced by this Department and relating to the 
health of the workers require the preparation of posters, or abstracts 
of the laws for posting in the establishment concerned, the preparation 
~f such material is done by the Hygiene and Sanitation Section.

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