OSHA’s issued the new Respirable Silica standard will be enforced on June 23, 2017 for the construction industry. This presentation will discuss the key points to the new standards such as the implementation dates, new exposure limits, medical surveillance, and engineering controls. Engineering controls have evolved tremendously in the past years. We will discuss how the construction employer can comply with the exposure assessment and PEL (permissible exposure limit) through the combination of engineering controls and respiratory protection. The respiratory protection program requirements will be reviewed also. Learn more. Join us with an OSHA representative on the following dates:
Eau Claire - Monday, Feb 13
La Crosse - Tuesday, Feb 14
Madison - Wednesday, Feb 15
Appleton - Thursday, Feb 16
Wausau - Friday, Feb 17
7:30 – 9:00 am with time for Q&A.
Coffee and cookies will be served!
Classes are FREE. Space is limited. Registration is recommended.
Please note: This is an OSHA informational training session and is not an OSHA credited class.
OSHA expects most employers to comply with the new silica standard by implementing Table 1. This workshop will provide instruction on how to use Table 1 and when it cannot be used.
Employers can either use a control method laid out in Table 1* of the construction standard, or they can measure workers’ exposure to silica and independently decide which dust controls work best to limit exposures to the Permissible Exposure Level (PEL) in their workplaces.
The standard does not apply where exposure will remain low under any foreseeable condition; for example, when only performing tasks such as mixing mortar; pouring concrete footers, slab foundation and foundation walls; and removing concrete form work.
Occupational exposure to crystalline silica often occurs as part of or working alongside common workplace operations involving cutting, sawing, drilling, and crushing of concrete, brick, block, rock, and stone products. Operations using sand products can also result in worker inhalation of small (respirable) crystalline silica particles in the air. Health effects from silica exposures include:
To a lesser extent, there is cause for concern that silica exposures may be associated with auto-immune disorders and cardiovascular disease.
Additional information on OSHA’s silica rule can be found at www.osha.gov/silica.