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Workers' Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica

Thursday, March 14, 2019
Workers' Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica

 

Workers' Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica: Final Rule Overview
Daniel M. Bruun

Today I would like to share some information on Health and Safety Program Development for Crystalline Silica. 1Source professionals draw on their many years of regulatory, technical and management knowledge for the review and development of written policies and programs, to help you comply with these and other regulations. Knowledge of the changing regulatory and business management environments not only helps in the development of programs, but also in their implementation. Have you conducted the initial negative exposure assessments for silica? Do you have to resample due to exposures above the OSHA action level?

For more information on the potential impact of silica, air sampling, health effects, along with developing a program to insure compliance with regulations, please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,
Daniel M. Bruun, CIH, Vice President


What is Crystalline Silica?

What is Crystalline Silica?

Crystalline silica is a common mineral found in the earth's crust. Materials like sand, stone, concrete, and mortar contain crystalline silica. It is also used to make products such as glass, pottery, ceramics, bricks, and artificial stone. Respirable crystalline silica – very small particles at least 100 times smaller than ordinary sand you might find on beaches and playgrounds, is created when cutting, sawing, grinding, drilling, and crushing stone, rock, concrete, brick, block, and mortar. Workers who inhale these very small crystalline silica particles are at increased risk of developing serious silica-related diseases

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Crystalline Silica Health Effects

Health Effects

Breathing in very small ("respirable") crystalline silica particles, causes multiple diseases, including silicosis, an incurable lung disease that leads to disability and death. Respirable crystalline silica also causes lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and kidney disease. Exposure to respirable crystalline silica is related to the development of autoimmune disorders and cardiovascular impairment. These occupational diseases are life-altering and debilitating disorders that annually affect thousands of workers across the United States.

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Development of a Silica Program

Development of a Silica Program

1Source professionals draw on their many years of technical and management responsibility for the review and development of written policies and programs, to help you comply with regulations. Knowledge of the changing regulatory and business management environments not only helps in the development of programs, but also in their implementation. Projects have ranged from single procedure revisions done in a day to multiple procedure development and implementation requiring placing full-time personnel at a client's facility for years.

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