2020 OSHA’s Respirable Crystalline Silica update


March 26, 2020


Joe Keenan, MBA, CSP

  12:00 PM ET | 11:00 PM CT | 09:00 AM PT | 60 Minutes

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Crystalline silica is a common mineral that is found in materials such as stone, artificial stone, and sand. When workers cut, grind, or drill materials that contain crystalline silica, or use industrial sand, they can be exposed to very small silica dust particles. These tiny particles (known as “respirable” particles) can travel deep into workers’ lungs and cause silicosis, an incurable and sometimes deadly lung disease. Respirable crystalline silica also causes lung cancer, other potentially debilitating respiratory diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and kidney disease.

This final rule established a new permissible exposure limit of 50 micrograms of respirable crystalline silica per cubic meter of air (50 m3) as an 8-hour time-weighted average in all industries covered by the rule, in order to prevent exposed workers from developing silicosis, and other non-malignant respiratory diseases, lung cancer and kidney diseases. The rule is comprised of two standards, one for Construction and one for General Industry and Maritime, in order to tailor requirements to the circumstances found in these sectors.

Session Highlights :

  • Know the amount of silica that workers are exposed to at work.
  • Learn about the dust control methods.
  • Principal Elements of 2 OSHA Standards to Protect Workers from Exposure to.
  • Update on Recent OSHA Activity Surrounding the New Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard
  • Real World Suggestions for Compliance and Improved Safety/Health
  • Types of Required Control Measures and Respiratory Protection for Respirable Crystalline Silica

Who should attend :

  • Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Professionals
  • EHS Engineers
  • EHS Managers
  • Corporate EHS Managers
  • Loss Prevention Personnel
  • Insurance Executives
  • Human Resource Coordinators and Managers
  • Plant Managers
  • Safety Committee Members