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This EBC New Hampshire program will provide EBC members with the opportunity to understand how the regulated community is responding to OSHA’s Final Rule to Protect Workers from Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule to curb lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease in America’s workers by limiting their exposure to respirable crystalline silica. The rule is comprised of two standards, one for Construction and one for General Industry and Maritime.
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 such as concrete and stone, and 300,000 workers in general industry operations such as brick manufacturing, foundries, and hydraulic fracturing, also known as 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.
This regulation is “on the books” but not currently being proactively enforced by OSHA. Do you need to factor these regulatory requirements into your practice to protect your employees? And if you don’t, what are your liabilities for employees?
General Continuing Education Certificates are awarded by the EBC for this program (3.0 training contact hours). Please select this option during registration if you wish to receive a certificate.
- Dave Berard, Former Compliance Officer, Concord OSHA Office
- Richard Ecord, EH&S Director, GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.
- Curt Knightly, Vice President, Compliance, EnviroVantage
- Gregory Smith, Esq. Chairman, Environmental and Regulatory Practice Group, McLane Middleton
Final Agenda – New Hampshire Program – New OSHA Silica Standards – Understanding the Regulations and Liabilities