Do you have a Plan for your Silica levels? Have you been cited or even fined?

As of September 2017 Regional OSHA Regulators have been instructed to follow thru on the Directive mandated by OSHA in regards to new Silica exposure rules.

OSHA Silica Updated Rules: Diseases related to airborne crystalline silica affect thousands of workers every year. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is now taking action to reduce this as much as possible. With a new set of regulations now going into effect, proper attention and action is required.

General Industry and Maritime – June 23, 2018, two years after the effective date.

Some examples, but not limited to… Glass manufacturing, pottery and clay products, concrete and ready-mix products, foundries, refractory products, cut stone and stone products, abrasive blasting, refractory furnace, railroad transportation and Oil & Gas operations.

Companies that use Silica need to have new guidelines and preventative programs in place, especially affirmative plans to help mitigation of Airborne Silica Dust. The standard for general industry and maritime (29 CFR 1910.1053) requires employers to:

  • Determine the amount of silica that workers are exposed to
  • Protect workers from inhaling crystalline silica exposures
  • Limit access to areas where workers could be exposed above the PEL
  • Use dust controls and safer work methods
  • Establish and implement a written exposure control plan
  • Restrict housekeeping practices
  • Train workers on the health effects
  • Keep records

Nol-Tec can be part of the solution for reducing Silica PEL (Permissible Exposure Limit) by using our closed loop conveying solutions. This in conjunction with Education & Maintenance plans, companies can control PEL numbers for their employees and fall into OSHA compliance. Please see for details.

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