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The New OSHA Silica Standard Goes Into Effect Tomorrow!

Friday, September 22, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Catie Scott
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OSHA’s new Silica Standard goes into effect tomorrow, September 23, 2017. Make sure your company is ready and compliant! 



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Included below are some resources from MCAA, Milwaukee Tool, and DeWalt to help your company understand and implement the new standard. Additionally, there is a new MCAA video on the subject that can be viewed by members along with a test that can document the training. Click here to view the video and download the test.
Silica exists just about everywhere on and off construction sites. It’s the second most abundant mineral in the earth’s crust, and it’s contained in sand, brick, block, concrete, tile and other building materials. Mechanical construction workers frequently engage in activities that produce respirable silica dust. Whether or not the dust containing silica becomes harmful depends on many factors, including the size of the particles, the concentration of respirable silica being inhaled and the duration of the exposure. Any time an activity involves pulverizing concrete or any other material containing silica, respirable silica dust may become an issue. Under the right conditions, overexposure to silica can lead to silicosis and other health problems.

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