OSHA’s New Final Rule on Crystalline Silica (#804)

Presented on Thursday, January 19, 2017

You will receive an overview regarding recognizing, evaluating, and controlling the potential hazards of crystalline silica and the major provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s new rule during this hour-long online presentation.

Crystalline silica, a known carcinogen, exists in sand, stone, soil, concrete, and other materials. Exposure can occur during tasks such as cutting, sawing, crushing, drilling, and/or otherwise handling or disturbing silica-containing materials that cause the dust to become airborne. Inhaling silica dust particles can result in lung diseases such as silicosis (scarring of the lungs) and lung cancer.

According to OSHA, the new rule will save more than 600 lives and prevent more than 900 cases of silicosis each year. The rule significantly reduces the permissible exposure limit and specifies other requirements such as a written exposure control plan, medical surveillance, hazard communication and training, and recordkeeping.

Jerome E Spear, CSP, CIH
J.E. Spear Consulting LP, Magnolia, TX
Jerome E. Spear, CSP, CIH, president of J.E. Spear Consulting LP located in Magnolia, Texas, has more than 25 years of experience helping organizations control losses and prevent injuries and illnesses. He has held the positions of corporate industrial hygiene manager for Chicago Bridge and Iron Co., a worldwide engineering and construction firm, and technical services manager for XL Specialty Risk Consulting. Spear holds a B.S. degree in industrial engineering with a specialization in safety engineering from Texas A&M University and a master’s degree in business administration with a specialization in management from Sam Houston State University.

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