It is GigHound’s policy to only accept work which is within acceptable levels of risk and which we can appropriately recruit, screen and ensure the safety of our workers. As a result, a list of prohibitive work has been identified which lists the work that GigHound will not assign temporary workers to. As a temporary worker you should familiarize yourself with this list and notify your GigHound Representative if you are asked to conduct any work which is listed here.
The following work is considered to be prohibitive and GigHound will not service.
Heights Above Ground Level
- Outside work at a height in excess of one story (8-15 feet) without required fall protection (e.g. a harness connected to a fixed structure).
- Tree trimming or pruning where work is performed while on a ladder or climbing is involved.
- Any assignment where work would be on bridges, involve erection of structures and/or scaffolding of any kind, including billboards.
- Work at carnivals, shows, amusement/theme parks or circuses where it is necessary to climb on or operate amusement rides or equipment.
- Assignments for work on a roof without prior GigHound Team approval. GigHound will require information such as height of the roof, type of roof (flat or sloped) and if there is a railing enclosing the roof.
- Cleaning outside windows in excess of one story (8-15 feet) above ground level.
Depths Below Ground Level
- Any assignments where a GigHound employee would be required to work three feet or more below ground level, such as excavating, trenching or work in tunnels or sewers.
- Assignments involving mining, quarrying, rock crushing or sand and gravel operations.
- Work in cofferdams or caissons (underwater structures).
Excessive Heat / Cold
- Assignments in iron, steel or lead foundries or rolling mills where the work involves handling or direct exposure to molten metals.
- Assignments involving smelting, blast furnaces, sintering or metal refining operations.
- Any work environment (indoors/outdoors) where extremely high temperatures could lead to heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
- Considerations include the frequency and duration of the exposure to heat/cold.
- Any driving assignment where a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) is required including HAZMAT.
- Any driving assignment where a Z license is required.
- Any driving assignment where the total vehicle weight (including load) exceeds five tons (10,000 lbs.) An example of a 5 ton truck is a large box truck or a truck that is 15 feet and longer. When asked, clients should know the weight of a truck including its load.
- Assignments transporting hazardous materials.
- Assignments as a pilot or crew member in an aircraft of any kind.
Machinery or Equipment
- Assignments involving automobile compacting or dismantling operations.
- Operating a drop forge equipment (e.g. steel press).
- Moving, salvaging or demolition of buildings.
- Logging, lumbering or sawmill operations.
- Exposure to x-ray or radioactive isotopes (injections).
- Work in junk or salvage yards.
- Residential garbage collection.
- Work involving the use of chainsaws.
- Work in private residences.
- The manufacture of acetylene.
- Butchering or slaughtering work of any kind.
- Work inside grain elevators.
- Farm work requiring the operation of heavy farm machinery (hay balers, combines, harvesters, etc.).
- Creosote manufacturing (tar).
- Elevator installation repair work.
- Working with live animals, including livestock and pets.
- Railroad construction.
- Work in mortuaries or funeral homes that require certifications or special education in working with deceased persons.
- Operation of pulp and paper-making machinery.
- Work without GigHound approval on ships, barges, dry docks or in shipyards and other facilities where maritime insurance coverage would apply.
- Assignments involving asphalt or tar mixing or refining.
- Assignments requiring or handling (e.g. transportation of) liquidized oxygen or other supercooled substances.
- Crossing Guard Assignments, Flagging Assignments and assignments involving directing or the control of traffic. Traffic directing/flagging assignments may be accepted only if the work location is on a residential street that is carefully and distinctly marked there is a maximum speed limit of 15-20 km/hour. Distinct area markings include speed reduction signs, speed limit signs and other relevant work-warning signage. Pylons outlining the work area are not sufficient on their own.
Fire and Explosives
- Assignments at gasoline or petrochemical production facilities.
- Work involving natural gas line installation or repair.
- Assignments directly involving explosives of any kind, including blasting powder, dynamite, fireworks and ammunition.
- Assignments at liquefied petroleum (LPG) production facilities.
- Assignments requiring work in confined entry spaces of any kinds (boilers, vats, tanks, or other containers) particularly where low oxygen levels, harmful fumes or other residues are likely to be present.
- Work in areas with heavy concentrations of airborne dust or particles, such as coal or cotton dust (this would be visible).
- Assignments requiring personal self-contained breathing apparatus to protect against noxious or other harmful fumes or gases. Air filtration devices (e.g. respirator) are acceptable, however, if the apparatus being used is to supply air, this would not be acceptable.
- Confined Spaces of any kind.
- Any work where there is direct exposure to toxic substances or chemicals. (Refer to the following list of specific chemicals to which exposure during assignments is expressly prohibited. WHEN IN DOUBT about chemicals OTHER THAN THOSE LISTED, contact your GigHound Representative).
- Any assignments where exposure to asbestos fibers is involved (e.g. removal of asbestos). Note, there is typically labeling where there are asbestos fibers.
- Assignments involving the manufacture, mixing or blending of paint, lacquer, solvents or commercial dyes.
- Assignments involving herbicides, pesticides or poisons.
- Manufacture of acids or assignments requiring direct exposure to or contact with acids.
- Work at waste disposal sites involving handling of any hazardous materials.
Bloodborne pathogens are microorganisms that are present in human blood that can potentially cause disease in humans (e.g., the hepatitis B (HBV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)). Healthcare providers, first-response emergency employees, fire, police and disaster workers are examples of jobs where exposure to bloodborne pathogens is most likely to occur.
- Any assignments involving direct exposure to bloodborne pathogens (blood, blood products or body fluids) is prohibitive with the following exceptions.
Because any potential exposure for temporary workers is directly related to the work to be performed at the client’s work environment, GigHound’s policy is to prohibit its temporary workers from assignments where they may be exposed to bloodborne pathogens with two exceptions:
- Assignments where the risks workers or the likelihood of exposure to bloodborne pathogens are minimal; or
- Assignments in work environments where bloodborne pathogens are present in areas other than those where our temporary workers will be working (e.g. folding, sorting and packaging clean linens in a hospital laundry or providing janitorial workers to clean public areas in a hospital such as waiting rooms, halls or administrative offices).
Some clients may implement a bloodborne pathogens awareness program for all employees whether or not they are subject to potential exposure. These clients may request that GigHound temporary workers receive some familiarization or orientation prior to assignment. To satisfy these requests, it is acceptable to utilize the client’s bloodborne pathogens training.
Any assignment where exposure to inhalation, ingestion, skin absorption, or other contact with the following chemicals and other confirmed carcinogens is involved. (This is NOT all-inclusive). Treat exposure to ANY chemicals as suspect. If in doubt concerning safety of any substance, call a member of the GigHound Team.
- Asbestos fibers
- Bis (Chloromethyl) Ether
- Cadmium and Cadmium compounds
- Chromium compounds
- Coal soot and Coal tar products
- Coke oven emissions (e.g. steel melting)
- Creosotes (e.g. tar)
- Dimethyl sulphate
- Ethylene dibromide
- Ethylene oxide
- Isopropyl alcohol (manufacture of)
- Magenta (manufacture of)
- Methyl Chloromethyl ether
- Mineral oils (unrefined)
- Nickel and Nickel compounds
- Paint thinner
- Polychlorinated biphenyls
- TCDD (Dioxin)
- Vinyl chloride