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Practical Steps to Avoid and Minimize Respirable Silica Dust Exposure (CCL773K)

Presented by: John J. Meola, CSP, ARM
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60 minutes
  •  Thu, July 27, 2017
Event Description

Effective Methods for Achieving Compliance with the Newly Revised OSHA Silica Dust Standard

As with many other OSHA standards, the revision of the OSHA silica dust standard was accompanied by the usual barrage of industry and lobbyist outrage, denial, confusion, consternation and whining about “more big government regulation.” But regardless of the industry pushback, for construction companies, independent contractors and crews, complying with the new revisions to the OSHA silica dust standard is essential for staying in business.  

While the new rules are not very complex, the government’s purpose in implementing the OSHA silica dust standard is to protect your employees from silica dust, and it will result in new compliance obligations. According to OSHA and NIOSH, which have some of the best occupational disease scientists, exposure to respirable crystalline silica can cause silicosis, lung cancer, other respiratory diseases and kidney disease. You must comply with these rules in order to protect employees from these illnesses and also to prevent a state of paralysis when your clients present their new “contractor pre-qualification” package.

Noncompliance with OSHA does not merely result in a ticket for a fine; instead OSHA enforcement can take a long time with the exchange of paperwork and documents, many of which have to be created under pressure and timelines. If your paperwork is not letter-perfect, you can receive an even larger penalty for having improper or inadequate documentation.

This session with expert speaker John J. Meola, CSP, ARM, will discuss how you can ensure compliance with the most recent revision of the OSHA silica dust exposure standard. John will address engineering, administrative and PPE measures aimed at eliminating and reducing occupational airborne silica dust exposures and generation in accordance with standard. He will discuss concepts that will give you some ideas and starting points for staying in compliance and under the regulatory radar on this issue.

The revised exposure level for silica dust exposure is sub-microscopic, roughly at the “trace amount” level. A rule of thumb is if your workers can see the dust, and it is there for more than a few hours, they’re probably over-exposed under the standard. With this session, you will learn how to interpret OSHA’s Table 1, which describes the steps you should be taking for dust-producing jobs. This webinar is most critical for self-directed work teams and their choreographers. These teams are becoming more of the norm in our industry. Learn the basics and protect your crews and company.

Session Objectives

This session will help you in:

  • Preventing and  minimizing silica dust exposures
  • Achieving compliance with the new OSHA silica standard
  • Protecting your employees, and keeping your clients and customers happy

Session Highlights

This session will discuss:

  • The relative risks and hazards associated with creating a cloud of dust on a construction site, or on a restoration job, or industrial maintenance, repairs, etc.
  • The OSHA silica standard, in terms of compliance, terminology and techniques
  • Practical ideas for controlling dust and reducing employee exposure
  • Ideas for reducing your silica exposure and protecting your company from an OSHA citation

Who Should Attend

  • General Contractors & Sub contractors
  • CEOs, Directors, VPs and C-level professionals
  • Project managers and engineers
  • HR Professionals
  • Occupational safety professional
  • Attorney
  • Regulatory authorities
  • Risk managers
  • Regulatory Compliance Agent
  • Risk Advisor-Insurance Companies
  • Warehouse Managers
  • Construction inspectors
About Our Speaker(s)

John J. Meola | OSHA Safety SpeakerJohn J. Meola CSP, ARM
In addition to being a heavily credentialed Safety Professional, John J. Meola, CSP, ARM has a BA Degree in English Literature and Education, which combine to make him a very effective teacher- trainer-presenter, for safety concerns, but also for organization development, leadership and applied behavioral psychology an... More info

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