4 - HOUR RESPIRABLE CRYSTALLINE SILICA AWARENESS IN CONSTRUCTION
OSHA’s §1926.1153 Respirable Crystalline Silica and related OSHA standards.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule to curb lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease in America's workers by limiting their exposure to respirable crystalline silica. The rule is comprised of two standards, one for Construction and one for General Industry and Maritime.
Workersmay be exposed to dangerous levels of silica dust when cutting, drilling, grinding, or otherwise disturbing materials that contain silica. These materials and tasks are common on construction jobs. Breathing that dust can lead to serious, often fatal illnesses. This section contains information that workers – and contractors – need to know torecognize the hazard, understand the risk factors, and work safely with silica.
Upon successful completion, you will be able to:
- Explain what respirable crystalline silica is and the health hazards associated with it
- Recognize employer responsibilities and employee rights under the standard on respirable crystalline silica
Topics include but not limited to:
- OSHA’s Crystalline Silica Rule: Construction
- Who is affected by the construction standard?
- Review §1926.1153 Respirable crystalline silica.
- Identifying the materials and tasks that create silica hazards.
- The dust-generating operations that will be undertaken and how the employer plans to control the dust (the silica control plan).
- Working safely with silica, including proper use of equipment, protective clothing, and appropriate hygiene practices.
- The identity of the competent person designated by the employer to implement the silica control plan and inspect the job site, materials and equipment.
- The purpose and description of the medical surveillance program.
- OSHA’s Crystalline Silica Rule: General Industry and Maritime