About 2.3 million workers are exposed to respirable crystalline silica in their workplaces, including 2 million construction workers who drill, cut, crush, or grind silica-containing materials like concrete and stone, and 300,000 workers in industrial operations like brick manufacturing, foundries, and fracking. Responsible employers have been protecting workers from harmful exposure to respirable crystalline silica for years, using widely-available equipment that controls dust with water or a vacuum system.
Last year, OSHA finalized a new rule to limit worker exposure to respirable crystalline silica. OSHA estimates that once the rule is in full effect, it will save more than 600 lives and prevent more than 900 new cases of silicosis each year. The Final Rule is projected to provide net annual benefits of about $7.7 billion.
Check out these free OSHA guidebooks on the crystalline silica rule, and then call RAECO at 800-852-9795 to find the right instrumentation to start monitoring worker exposure to respirable dust.
Download OSHA's Crystalline Silica Rule for the Construction Industry for:
Download OSHA's Crystalline Silica Rule for General Industry and Maritime for:
Want to learn more? Watch
Sampling Requirements for OSHA's New Crystalline Silica Rule
and read Sensidyne's whitepaper on personal air sampling for crystalline silica exposure.