OSHA Silica: You can't just blow it away!
OHSA'S silica construction standard is in effect now. What is Silica you ask? Crystalline silicais a common mineral found inside the earth's crust. Materials such as sand, stone concrete, and mortar contain crystalline silica. Is is also used to make products such as glass, pottery, ceramics, bricks and artificial stone. Your home can even have some crystalline silica left behind after a construction project. However, most of the time, unless you work on a construction site or quarry, you most likely do not have to be concerned about this substance. If you do work under these conditions, it is vital you wear the appropriate dust mask or respirator. This substance can be toxic if inhaled. OSHA has put regulations in place on June 23, 2017 and enforcement began on September 23, 2017. If you are unfamiliar with the new regulations you need to act now. Please check with your OSHA representative to obtain the new regulations that will impact your business. Many protective measures will need to be put in place such as wearing particulate respirators like 3M 8110S N95 Particulate Respirators.
|Country of Origin||US|
|Protected Area||Half Facepiece|
|Resistance||Certain non-oil based particles|
|Suspension||Two fixed straps|
|Usage||Grinding; Sanding; Sweeping; Bagging; Other Dusty|