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SILICA EXPOSURE CONTROL PLAN


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:

  • An excellent web-based tool that will generate a custom PDF print-out from the Center for Construction Research and Training 
With the high potential for STUTE general liability parallel citations to the general contractor, subcontractors should be on high alert to produce silica exposure control plans and assure their own compliance.
When you are exposed to silica, start thinking about how you can implement the highest level of control which is to eliminate exposure


 

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