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Control of silica dust has become more focused with the new OSHA/WISHA standards, and enforcement that began on October 1, 2018.
Occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica occurs when cutting, sawing, drilling, and crushing of concrete, brick, ceramic tiles, rock, and stone products. Occupational exposure also occurs in operations that process or use large quantities of sand, such as the glass, and concrete products industries.
The new rule is clear, a Silica Exposure Control Plan is required whenever there is an employee exposure to silica. Like fall protection plans that require protective measures for all employee’s exposed to falls of 10 feet or more, the same requirement for silica exposure is now required on every job-site.
DEVELOPING A PLAN FOR YOUR COMPANY: