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Dust from Construction – Protect Yourself!
Construction Silica, or Respirable Crystalline Silica, is a serious threat to nearly 2 million American workers, including more than 100,000 in high risk jobs such as abrasive blasting, foundry work, stonecutting, rock drilling, quarry work, and tunneling. The dust is considered a human lung carcinogen that if breathed can lead to silicosis and tuberculosis.
If you work around construction silica, formulating a Respirable Crystalline Silica Dust Plan is the first step in building a safe work environment. Below is a list of the most frequently cited sections of the Construction Silica Standard. Good news, SafetyPlans.com covers them all!
Does the Crystalline Silica standard apply to me?
In construction, silica exposures come with working with materials containing silica. Grinding, drilling, sawing, cutting or chipping concrete, stone, cement or cement fiberboard would all be examples of potential silica exposures. If you perform any of these tasks with regularity, it is likely the standard applies.
More from OSHA's website:
Crystalline Silica Dust Program Standard (29 CFR 1926.1153) is a regulation that prescribes safeguards to protect workers against health hazards related to crystalline silica dust. It has provisions for exposure control plans, engineering, work practice controls, hazard communication, training, and recordkeeping. The standard imposes requirements on employers of workers who may be exposed to silica dust.