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Silica Hazard

Discover the Science of Respiratory Protection

Respiratory protection and safety go hand in hand. Safety is critical. And effective respiratory protection should be engineered by science, in order to help achieve respiratory protection that is safe, effective, fits properly, comfortable, durable, and able to achieve approval by the appropriate regulatory body. When evaluating respiratory protection options for workers in the United States, ask yourself, has the

OH&S Magazine Spotlight: Reducing Silica Exposure Amongst Stone Countertop Workers

Stone countertops such as marble, granite or engineered stone that includes quartz and other components continue to be a popular choice for home improvement projects as well as by builders of commercial and residential properties. But there is a potential respiratory hazard facing stone countertop production facilities tasked with producing these slabs: silica. When workers cut, grind, mix, demolish, polish

Still Have Questions About the Silica Construction Rule? OSHA Has Answers.

The updated U.S. OSHA silica construction standard has been in enforcement for over two years. Do you need to learn more in order to help achieve compliance with this silica standard? Here are some selected, informative answers excerpted directly from a large list of Frequently Asked Questions provided by OSHA to help you figure out what changes you may need

OSHA Silica Construction Standard: Violations Since Enforcement Began

Back on March 25, 2016, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published the final rule on two new standards to help protect workers and control their exposure to respirable crystalline silica, one for the construction industry and one for general industry/maritime. The 29 CFR 1926.1153 construction standard’s requirements became enforceable on September 23, 2017, except for the requirements

An N95 Respirator and a Dust Mask Walk Into a Bar

There is a clear difference between a mask and a respirator. Check out this technical bulletin, "Respirators and Surgical Masks: A Comparison” or hear more about it from the products themselves as an N95 Respirator walks into a bar to meet his old friend, Dust Mask (DM) and they compare and contrast their uses to each other. N95: Dust Mask, so good

How Competent is Your Silica Competent Person?

It’s a key part for OSHA Construction Silica compliance to ensure you have a competent person on site, but you may be wondering what it takes to be a competent person as required by the new standard. ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) defines a competent person as an individual who is capable of identifying

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