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Understanding OSHA Respirable Silica Webinar By MentorHealth

3/5/2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Overview: Respirable Silica has been an occupational health issue for many decades; however, the topic has gained in interest following the publication of the Occupational Safety & Health Administration's (OSHA) new proposed rule which would comprehensively regulate workplaces where respirable silica is present.

If/when finalized, this rule would impose a significantly lower exposure limit (PEL) as well as other new requirements such as monitoring, medical surveillance, recordkeeping, training, and others. According to health organizations, over-exposure to respirable silica may lead to diseases such as silicosis and increased risk of lung cancer. Silica is an extraordinarily common substance as it is, basically, sand. Occupational exposures are common in the construction (masonry and concrete, roadways, others), oil & gas (fracking), petrochemical, and foundry industries - to name a few.

This webinar is intended to provide an overview of the respirable silica, awareness of the requirements for OSHA compliance, and some tips on addressing the problem in the workplace.

Why should you attend: OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) is focused on enforcing existing safety and health requirements related to Respirable Silica exposures and are working on a new comprehensive rule. This enforcement and rule will impose many new requirements that will significantly impact the following industries: oil & gas, fracking, petrochemical, construction, manufacturing, maritime and many others. The rule could significantly reduce the permissible exposure limit (PEL) for silica as well as impose new requirements for monitoring, respiratory protection, medical surveillance, training, recordkeeping, and liability.

Areas Covered in the Session:

Learn what respirable silica is and where / how it is commonly used

Understand why OSHA considers respirable silica to be a health hazard

Awareness of OSHA's enforcement program targeting worksites where silica is used

Achieving regulatory compliance

Introduce OSHA's new proposed comprehensive rule on respirable silica

Who Will Benefit:

Operations and Maintenance Personnel

Civil and Mechanical Engineers

Oil and Gas Production Managers and Personnel

Manufacturing Supervisors and Managers

Construction Supervisors and Managers

Regulatory Compliance Managers

Safety and Health Professionals

Small Businesses in Manufacturing, Construction, or Oil & Gas Industries

Gabe Sierra is the founder and President of Prometrix Consulting. Prior to founding Prometrix Gabe was Chief of Staff for OSHA. During his tenure as a senior member of the Assistant Secretary’s management team he helped lead a decline in the injury / illness and fatality rates to the lowest levels in the nation’s history. With more than 20 years of industry and government experience, he has extensive professional expertise in industrial engineering and construction, OSHA regulatory management, manufacturing, and process manufacturing technology development. He possesses 7 utility patents and holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and MBA in Finance.


Phone No: 800-385-1607

FaX: 302-288-6884

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