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We can provide air monitoring for respirable crystalline silica or we can rent you the monitors and calibrators to do it yourself.  Contact Mark Calvert at 816-221-3230 x120 or markc@daystarsafety.com.

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REGULATION NEWS & INFORMATION



29 CFR 1910.1053 Occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica

Are you ready for the OSHA Silica Standard?

On Sept. 12, 2013, OSHA published proposed standard 29 CFR 1910.1053, "Occupational Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica” for regulating occupational exposures to respirable crystalline silica. This proposed standard covers general industry, construction, and maritime industries. Although the final rule and the specific provisions still may not be completed for more than a year, the standard will require baseline exposure monitoring to evaluate workers’ inhalation exposures to respirable crystalline silica. In the meantime proactive measures can be taken to help minimize the potential impact of the standard.

What is crystalline silica?

Respirable crystalline silica, very small particles at least 100 times smaller than ordinary sand you might encounter on beaches and playgrounds, is created during work operations involving stone, rock, concrete, brick, block, mortar and industrial sand. Potential inhalation exposures to respirable crystalline silica can occur when cutting, sawing, grinding, drilling and crushing these materials. These exposures are common in brick, concrete and pottery manufacturing operations, as well as during operations using industrial sand products, such as in foundries, sand blasting, and hydraulic fracturing (fracking) operations in the oil and gas industry.

Do I have crystalline silica in my workplace?

The chemical inventory and associated safety data sheets (SDSs) for materials used in your operations or manufacturing processes can be reviewed to determine if there are any materials handled or processed that may contain crystalline silica. Crystalline silica can be found in concrete, abrasive blasting agents, paints and coatings, abrasive sanding materials, foundry sands, naturally occurring materials such as granite and stone, polishing materials, dry additives, buffing compounds, and other materials.
On the SDS, crystalline silica may be referred to as quartz, cristobalite, tridymite, crystalline silica, silicone dioxide, crystallized silicon dioxide, and others. The applicable CAS numbers include: 14464-46-1, 14808-60-7, 15468-32-3 and 1317-95-9. It should be noted that there are other materials commonly used in industry and construction that can be mistaken for crystalline silica. These include silicon, silicates and silicone. These materials are not crystalline silica.

Do I have exposures to crystalline silica?

 If you conduct any of the following work tasks, there may be potential exposures to crystalline silica in your operations:
 

  • Chipping, jack hammering, drilling rock/concrete/brick
  • Crushing, hauling, loading, dumping rock/concrete/sand
  • Stone cutting/finishing/grinding/polishing
  • Sawing, jack hammering, drilling, grinding, chipping masonry/concrete
  • Trenching, excavation, site preparation work
  • Abrasive blasting using silica sand
  • Concrete/asphalt batch plants – material handling/cleaning drums/clean up
  • Quarries – crushing/drilling/blasting/hauling
  • Demolition of brick/concrete/masonry
  • Spray painting
  • Tile, grout, dry wall, granite work – sanding/cutting/mixing

 
This list is not all inclusive; there are other work tasks that could also result in potential inhalation exposures to crystalline silica.

Next Steps

There are steps that can be taken now to prepare for a future crystalline silica standard, which include:

Get Prepared Now

How do I evaluate potential silica exposures?

Potential inhalation exposure to crystalline quartz silica can be evaluated by reviewing historical sampling data if prior air monitoring has been conducted, and comparing the results to the proposed OSHA PEL provided the sampling data is still representative of the work tasks conducted. If representative sampling data is not available, then personal sampling should be conducted for workers to evaluate their potential inhalation exposures.

Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards
for Fiscal 2014 (Oct. 1, 2013, to Sept. 30, 2014)

The following is a list of the top 10 most frequently cited standards* following inspections of worksites by federal OSHA. OSHA publishes this list to alert employers about these commonly cited standards so they can take steps to find and fix recognized hazards addressed in these and other standards before OSHA shows up. Far too many preventable injuries and illnesses occur in the workplace.

  1. 1926.501 - Fall Protection
  2. 1910.1200 - Hazard Communication
  3. 1926.451 - Scaffolding
  4. 1910.134 - Respiratory Protection
  5. 1910.178 - Powered Industrial Trucks
  6. 1910.147 - Lockout/Tagout
  7. 1926.1053 - Ladders
  8. 1910.305 - Electrical, Wiring Methods
  9. 1910.212 - Machine Guarding
  10. 1910.303 - Electrical, General Requirements


*As of 10/28/14

OSHA's 2014 TOP TEN
Most Frequently Cited Violations

C = Construction standard

  1. Fall protection (C)
  2. Hazard communication
  3. Scaffolding (C)
  4. Respiratory protection
  5. Powered industrial truck
  6. Lockout/tagout
  7. Ladders (C)
  8. Electrical: wiring
  9. Machine guarding
  10. Electrical: systems


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CAOHC Course

CAOHC Certification/Recertification Course
Day Star will be offering the CAOHC 20-hour certification and the 8-hour recertification course in March 2015 for those individuals performing audiometric testing. For more information or to register you may call 800-747-1401 or go online to www.daystarsafety.com and click on Training Classes.

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Heart of America ASSE Chapter - March 9th - 12 to 1:30 PM -Strouds - 5410 NE Oakridge Road - Kansas City, Mo. - The speaker will be Paul J. Kirpes, President & CEO of TPG Strategy and Management Solutions.  Mr. Kirpes will present Engaging in Successful Negations.  To RSVP call Dave Hallerud at 816-809-02811 or at dkhallerud@fedins.com. You may also pay on-line at www.kc.asse.org.

Construction Safety Group of Kansas City - March 12th - 11:30 to 1:00 PM- Mark One Electric - 909 Troost Avenue - Kansas City, Missouri - The speaker will be Richard Jones of Turner Construction.  He will present on OCIP & CCIP Insurance and Safety Plans.  Please RSVP by noon on Monday, March 9th, by calling the CSG reservation line at 816-471-0880 ext. 1369 or contact Sharon Mount, Secretary/Recorder at smount@thomasmcgee.com.

Wichita ASSE Chapter - March 2nd -11:30 to 1 PM - Tour of Gordon Evans Energy Center -ISI Environmental Inc - 215 S Laura St - Wichita, Ks - Please RSVP to Jenna Hackler at Jenna.hackler@kochind.com.

Wichita Area Construction Safety Group - March 13th - 11:30 AM to 1 PM -- Buffet City - Plaza West Shopping Center -Wichita, Ks - For more information please contact Tamara Hadley at 316-264-7050 or constructionsafety@isienvironmental.com.

SCO Safety Alliance - Joplin -March 10th -11:30 AM to 1 PM - Red Hot & Blue - For more information please contact Debora Biggs at 417-869-2121 or 800-334-1349 or dbiggs@nscozarks.org.

SCO Safety Alliance - Monett - March 12th -11:30 AM to 1 PM - Big Baldy’s Bac-Woods BBQ - For more information please contact Debora Biggs at 417-869-2121 or 800-334-1349 or dbiggs@nscozarks.org.

SCO Safety Alliance - Springfield - March 10th - 11:30 AM to 1 PM - Ramada Inn Oasis - 2456 N Glenstone Ave - Springfield, Mo. - For more information please contact Debora Biggs at 417-869-2121 or 800-334-1349 or dbiggs@nscozarks.org.

SCO Safety Alliance - Northwest Arkansas - March 4th - 11:30 AM to 1 PM - Johnny Carino’s - Rogers, Ar. - For more information please contact Greg Knight at greg.knight@tyson.com or Fred Norwood at fred@multicraft.com.

Mid-Missouri Section ASSE - March 26th - 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM - HyVee Conference Room - Conley Road - Columbia, Mo. - Please RSVP to members@midmoasse.org.


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MIDWEST CONSTRUCTION SAFETY CONFERENCE & EXPO 
March 5th & 6th, 2015
Adams Pointe Conference Center, 1400 NE Coronado Drive, Blue Springs, MO
 
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SESSIONS
SAFETY EXCELLENCE AWARDS
NETWORKING - TOP INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS
INDUSTRY EXHIBITORS


MID AM Conference
May 4-8, 2015 - Chateau on the Lake - Branson, Mo


66th Annual Kansas Department of Labor Conference

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Seminarfest 2015

ASSE's SeminarFest is the best source for continuing education and training for the OSH professional. Instructors lead concentrated seminars and exam preparation workshops over this seven day event.

SeminarFest is an excellent opportunity to earn up to 5.1 CEUs/Recertification Points in one week. Whether you join us for one day or the full seven days, this event will satisfy your continuing education needs in safety and health.
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AIHce 2015


National Safety Council - Atlanta 2015

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