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June 6, 2018

OSHA Silica Standard Set for Enforcement for General Industry and Maritime June 23, 2018

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The new OSHA silica standard aims “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” according to the OSHA website. walking and working surfaces

Crystalline silica exposure is responsible for about 600 worker deaths, and 900 new reported cases of Silicosis each year, OSHA reports. The goal of the new standard is to protect workers who are most at risk for crystalline silica exposure in an effort to reduce the statistics. Any worker who cuts or grinds stones is at risk of being exposed to silica inhalation if they’re not properly protected.

Here are the key aspects of the OSHA Silica Standard, via

The General Industry and Maritime standard enforcement date will take place on June 23, 2018.

Crystalline Silica is a natural element, composed of soil, sand, granite, and other natural minerals. Because of its genetic makeup, Crystalline Silica dust particles, chips, etc. are much more dangerous when inhaled than that of other minerals (although, respiratory protection should used in any case where exposure to dust, dirt, fumes, etc. could be inhaled). Extra precaution needs to be taken when working with or around crystalline silica because of its relation to pulmonary and respiratory diseases (similarly to Asbestos).

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