OSHA Initiative Focuses on Silica Exposure Protections
OSHA has launched a new enforcement initiative to protect workers from silica exposure from engineered stone.
Inhaling crystalline silica particles can lead to silicosis—a progressively disabling lung disease that can be fatal.
Agency officials said they will enhance enforcement in industries where OSHA and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health have identified silica dust exposure as a health hazard.
That includes workers in manufacturing, finishing, and installing natural and manufactured stone.
Inspectors will focus their efforts around making sure employers are following safety standards and providing workers with appropriate protections.
Officials said inspectors will prioritize companies engaged in cut stone and stone product manufacturing as well as brick, stone, and related construction material merchant wholesalers.
Officials are encouraging small employers to review its compliance guide.
For more information, contact CBIA’s Phillip Montgomery (860.244.1982).
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