Additional information on Silica from Bob Kunz:
As a followed to the April 2016 SAFER meeting on Silica, please find the following:
I hope this helps answer questions”.
Attached is ANSI.Z87.1.2003. Table E-1 is being removed from 1926.102 at the end of the month.
SAFER wishes to thank the following people for providing great information on the latest changes to the silica standard and how to prepare and get ready to meet the new requirements that go into effect 14 months from now:
- John Goins, OSHA Compliance Officer
- Bob Kunz, Dimeo Construction & SAFER Chairman
- Linda Peacock, HILTI North America
SAFER Also thanks New England Institute of Technology for providing the meeting room and GT Safety for sponsoring the continental breakfast.
The focus of the meeting was the new OSHA standards related to silica for Construction and General Industries.
Occupational Exposure to Respirable Silica – Final Rule effective 6-23-2016
Construction compliance by 6-23-2017 and General Industry compliance by 6-23-2018
As you may be aware, OSHA published the final rule for Occupational Exposure to Respirable Silica on 3-23-2016. OSHA has developed a web page that contains the final rule, fact sheets, question and answer white paper, for example – see link: https://www.osha.gov/silica/index.html .
The new permissible exposure level (PEL) for construction is 50 µg/m3, which is the equivalent of 5 grains of sand in 264 gallons of water (approximately five 55 gallon drums).
We will discuss the final rule, to ensure that your firm is prepared to comply with the requirements codified within same. Compliance with the final rule, may require:
- Development of written plan or program
- Employee qualification |surveillance | training
- Equipment and tool evaluation
- Objective data acquisition | evaluation
The increased conversation concerning silica within the community may impact insurance program considerations, as well.