4. If tasks will generate enough silica dust that respirators are required, the plan should detail how access to the work area will be restricted. Learn more about our 7 Step Training Plan to Silica Dust Control below.
“I cut wet, so I don’t need to worry about the new silica standard.” Myth #2: Using a Respirator for Cutting Concrete Many people think good respirators is all that is required. OSHA also requires engineering controls that eliminate dust hazards. “I bought my crew high quality respirators, so we’re good.” This is completely false! […]
What is Respirable Crystalline Silica? Crystalline silica is mineral found everywhere on our jobsites… sand, concrete, brick, block, stone, and mortar. And yes, even in dirt! Respirable crystalline silica is about 100 times smaller than particles of sand found on beaches. It is generated by cutting, sawing, grinding drilling, and crushing the above materials. Breathing […]
As I write this, we’re continuing a long period of low unemployment. Every blue collar industry needs workers. Hiring signs are everywhere. Wages have risen dramatically. Employees, it seems, are in extremely high demand yet very low supply! What has caused this issue? The roots causes are far too deep to explore in this blog. […]
There are multiple ways complying with OSHA’s 2017 Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard helps your business survive and yes thrive! First, there’s the fact that your company actually can survive. A citation from OSHA can be financially devastating. But that should be self-explanatory. Dust control saves your saws. On our hardscape crew at Willow Gates Landscaping, we had […]
Silica Dust Control Plan: A 7 Step Training Plan If you find the new OSHA silica dust control laws confusing, you’re not alone! When I began researching the laws, I found them very difficult to understand. But after hours and hours of research and study, I was able to combine that into a training program which […]
Let’s talk silica dust control… or the lack of it! Specifically, we’re talking about implementing silica dust control in your hardscape business. If you’re a hardscape contractor, I sure hope you’ve heard about the Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard that took effect in 2017. OSHA drastically reduced the exposure limits with this new law. To be […]