Approximately 2.3 million people in the U.S. are exposed to silica at work. Respirable crystalline silica is created when cutting, sawing, grinding, drilling and crushing stone, rock, concrete and brick. Workers who inhale these crystalline silica particles are at increased risk of developing serious silica-related diseases, including silicosis (an incurable lung disease), lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and kidney disease. To help mitigate this, OSHA requires employers to use engineering controls, such as ventilation and wet methods when cutting and sawing crystalline silica-containing materials.
The Region VI OSHA Office and Region VI OSHA Education Centers (Mid-South, OSU, TEEX and UTA) are offering a free WebEx presentation to raise awareness and understanding of silica.
This one-hour video is free of charge and will be available for viewing March 5-9.
Click below and register today!
The one-hour video will focus on:
- Compliance Construction
- Compliance General Industry
- Best Practices
NOTE: Once registered, participants will receive an email with instructions and a password to access the video.