In the world of construction and heavy machinery operations, safety is paramount. One significant safety concern that has garnered attention in recent years is the exposure to respirable crystalline silica, a substance that can have severe health implications for workers. Effective September 23, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) began enforcing its crystalline silica standard for construction. Delve into the details of this standard and explore how ADMAR can assist in protecting your workforce.
Crystalline silica is a naturally occurring mineral found in various construction materials, including concrete, brick, mortar, and stone. When these materials are processed, cut, drilled, or ground, tiny crystalline silica particles can become airborne and pose a health risk when inhaled. Prolonged exposure to respirable crystalline silica can lead to serious health issues, including lung cancer, silicosis, and other respiratory diseases.
OSHA’s standard for respirable crystalline silica aims to protect workers from these health hazards by establishing permissible exposure limits (PELs) and outlining specific requirements for controlling exposure. Key provisions of the standard include:
PELs: The standard sets an 8-hour time-weighted average (TWA) PEL of 50 micrograms of respirable crystalline silica per cubic meter of air for construction workers.
Exposure Control Methods: OSHA recommends using a combination of engineering controls (such as ventilation and water) and respiratory protection to minimize workers’ exposure to crystalline silica.
At ADMAR Construction Equipment & Supplies, we take safety seriously, and we’re committed to helping our customers meet OSHA’s crystalline silica exposure guidelines. Here’s how we can assist you:
Equipment Selection: We offer a range of construction machinery equipped with advanced engineering controls designed to reduce the generation of crystalline silica dust. From dust collectors to water suppression systems, our equipment is tailored to promote a safer working environment.
Expert Guidance: Our knowledgeable team can provide guidance on selecting the right equipment and implementing effective control measures to reduce silica exposure on your job site.
Training and Education: We offer training programs to ensure that your workforce understands the risks associated with crystalline silica exposure and how to use equipment safely.
Support and Resources: ADMAR is your partner in compliance. We can provide the resources and equipment needed to protect your workers and maintain a safe workplace.
OSHA’s crystalline silica standard is a crucial step in safeguarding the health and well-being of construction workers. By adhering to these guidelines and implementing engineering controls, you can significantly reduce the risk of silica-related illnesses among your workforce. ADMAR is here to support you every step of the way, offering the equipment and expertise needed to achieve compliance and prioritize safety on your construction site. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you protect your team from crystalline silica exposure. Your workers’ health is our priority.
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