Crystalline silica is found in a ton of industrial and construction products. Sand, concrete, stone, and mortar all have it, and it’s used to make glass, pottery, ceramics, bricks, concrete, and artificial stone.
Problem is, inhalation of the dust from these materials has been proven to be extremely dangerous. Exposure can cause silicosis, lung cancer, COPD, and kidney disease, all of which can lead to disability or death. Over two million U.S. workers are exposed to crystalline silica on the job.
To combat the effects of respirable crystalline silica, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Respirable Crystalline Silica standard went into effect a couple years ago, and is now being fully enforced as of September 2017. Failure to adhere to the standard can result in significant fines.
While the law is there to protect the health and safety of workers, it does mean a change in routine and perhaps some additional costs.
If you need Respirable Crystalline Silica training, turn to Bid Evolution.
All of our finishing contractors have this option available to them. We can set up coursework and make sure you and your team satisfy these new OSHA requirements. In no time, you’ll be fully trained. On top of that, you’ll better understand the important science behind what makes crystalline silica so serious. In short, you’ll have a complete understanding of and adherence to OSHA’s requirements.