Occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica occurs when cutting, sawing, drilling and crushing of concrete, brick, ceramic tiles, rock and stone products. Occupational exposure also occurs in operations that process or use large quantities of sand, such as foundries and the glass, pottery and concrete products industries. OSHA estimates that more than 2.3 million workers in the United States are potentially exposed to dust containing crystalline silica, with nearly 90% of those workers employed in the construction industry. 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 final rule took effect on June 23, 2016 and the construction industry has one year to comply. This means all construction companies must be in compliance by June 23, 2017.
This course will provide contractors with information on their obligation to control silica on job sites and how to best comply with the silica standard to keep employees safe. Course objectives include:
- Rule Explanation
- Employer Compliance
- Exposure Limit Changes
- Exposure Control Plans
- Air Quality Testing
- Competent Person
- Medical Exam/Lung Functions
- Respirator Fit Testing
The course will also include an extensive demonstration on qualitative fit testing. Qualitative fit testing is a pass/fail test method that uses your sense of taste or smell, or your reaction to an irritant in order to detect leakage into the respirator face piece. Qualitative fit testing does not measure the actual amount of leakage. Whether the respirator passes or fails the test is based simply on you detecting leakage of the test substance into your face piece. Attendees will receive training necessary to allow them to perform qualitative respirator fit testing within their company.