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OSHA Silica Rules Classes



What does the new Silica Rule mean for you and business? We'll discuss it here:

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.



What does the new Silica Rule mean for you? 

"OSHA’s Silica Standard – Table 1"

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.


Compliance Schedule

  • Construction: June 23, 2017
  • General Industry and Maritime: June 23, 2018
  • Hydraulic Fracturing: June 23, 2018

The Standards Necessary Requirements

  • Establish and implement a written exposure control plan that identifies tasks that involve exposure and methods used to protect workers, including procedures to restrict access to work areas where high exposures may occur.
  • Designate a competent person to implement the written exposure control plan.
  • Restrict practices that expose workers to silica where feasible alternatives are available.
  • Offer medical exams—including chest X-rays and lung function tests—every three years for workers who are required by the standard to wear a respirator for 30 or more days per year.
  • Train workers on work operations that result in silica exposure and ways to limit exposure.
  • Keep records of workers’ silica exposure and medical exams.

Exposure Control Specifications

  • Measure the amount of silica that workers are exposed to if it may be at or above an action level of 25 μg/m3 (micrograms of silica per cubic meter of air), averaged over an eight hour day.
  • Protect workers from respirable crystalline silica exposures above the permissible exposure limit of 50 μg/m3, averaged over an eight-hour day.

Where the Standard Does Not Apply

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.

More About the Hazards of Silica Exposure

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:

  • Silicosis, a disabling, non-reversible and sometimes fatal lung disease;
  • Other non-malignant respiratory diseases, such as chronic bronchitis;
  • Lung cancer; and Kidney disease, including nephritis and end-stage renal disease.

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

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