Wednesday, September 27, 2017

OSHA Enforces Silica Construction Final Rule

On September 23, 2017, OSHA began enforcement of the respirable crystalline silica standard for construction, while offering compliance assistance to employers making good faith efforts to comply during the first 30 days.

Click below to read the federal construction regulation in its entirety.
29 CFR 1926.1153 - Respirable Crystalline Silica

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Final Rule Key Provisions

  • Reduces the permissible exposure limit (PEL) for respirable crystalline silica to 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air, averaged over an 8-hour shift. 
  • Requires employers to: use engineering controls (such as water or ventilation) to limit worker exposure to the PEL; provide respirators when engineering controls cannot adequately limit exposure; limit worker access to high exposure areas; develop a written exposure control plan, offer medical exams to highly exposed workers, and train workers on silica risks and how to limit exposures.
  • Provides medical exams to monitor highly exposed workers and gives them information about their lung health. 
  • Provides flexibility to help employers — especially small businesses — protect workers from silica exposure.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Mexico Earthquakes - Please donate today!

In this month alone, Mexico has had two catastrophic earthquakes, just weeks apart. The first earthquake with a magnitude of 8.1, happened on Sept. 7th, in the southern coast of Mexico, killing at least 90.

The most recent earthquake with a magnitude of 7.1 happened on Sept. 19th near Mexico City. The death toll is at least 216 people. This particular earthquake eerily occurred on the same day of the 8.0 earthquake from 1985.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the first responders, victims, and their families.

To donate towards rescue efforts please click below or on the graphic above.

(web page in Spanish, use online translater)

Sept. 28th Webinar - Emergency Preparedness and Response

Given the recent natural disasters in the U.S. and around the world, we felt it was important to shed light on emergency preparedness and response.

Please join us on September 28th. Click above for more information.