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CAGC issues invitation to free webinar about new OSHA crystalline silica standards

The Carolinas Associated General Contractors (CAGC) has invited members to a one-hour program: OSHA’s New Silica Standard Webinar: Requirements, Standards & Best Practices for Construction Professionals on Friday, Oct. 6 at 11 a.m.

CAGC says the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has started (effective Sept. 23) enforcing the new respirable crystalline silica standard for the construction industry. The standard has established a new exposure limit of 50 micrograms of respirable crystalline silica per cubic meter of air as an 8-hour Time-Weighted Average (TWA), along with a host of ancillary provisions such as establishing a written exposure control plan, housekeeping requirements, record-keeping, and medical surveillance.

Presenters include Chip Murray, vice-president – senior risk control consultant with Wells Fargo & Company; Paul Sullivan, compliance bureau chief with the Occupational Safety & Health Division of the NC Department of Labor; and John Jaskolka, Education and Training Bureau of the NC Department of Labor.

Topics include:

  • Introduction to respirable crystalline silica – its characteristics, sources, and health effects;
  • overview of the new requirements;
  • implementation and compliance strategies; and
  • review of compliance resources.

CAGC says the webinar is recommended for construction safety professionals, general contractors, specialty and subcontractors, construction project managers, compliance and risk managers, and environmental health and safety professionals.

You can register to attend at this link.

See this report outlining the nature of the silica dust hazard in Chicago Construction News.

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