Approximately 2.3 million people in the U.S. are exposed to silica at work. Materials like sand, stone, concrete, and mortar contain crystalline silica. It’s also used to make products such as glass, ceramics, bricks, and artificial stone.
Respirable crystalline silica—very small particles at least 100 times smaller than ordinary sand you might find on beaches and playgrounds—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 on March 5–9. Register to receive the video link.
The one-hour video will focus on:
Compliance General Industry
*This one-hour video is free of charge and will be available for viewing March 5–9. Please register to receive a link to the video by completing the form on this page.
Note: Once registered, participants will receive an e-mail with instructions and a password to access the video.
Thank you for your interest in CPWR’s Safe + Sound Webinar, “Tools for a Successful Workplace Safety and Health Program.” For those of you who registered but were unable to attend, a recording of the event can now be viewed on demand, and a PDF of the slides is
available for download.
The following is a list of the resources and links that were discussed during the event:
CPWR holds at least one construction safety and health webinar every month. Our next webinar, “The National Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction: Getting Ready for the 2018 Safety Stand-Down,” will be presented in collaboration with OSHA and NIOSH
on Wednesday, March 21, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern.