Every year there are nearly half a million workers exposed to asphalt fumes. Asphalt which is often used in roofing, siding, paving, and concrete work produces a fume when being applied. There are several negative side effects including but not limited to headaches, skin rashes, fatigue, irritation of the eyes and throat, skin cancer, and coughs.
Any workers who are exposed to asphalt fumes should recognize the dangers and know what to use to prevent any symptoms of exposure. The best combatant against asphalt fumes is using the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).
A free copy of the Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards can download and is provided by the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH).