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 has been taught at various hardscape supply centers in PA.
The free silica dust control training plan includes seven modules as follows.
Table 1 vs. Table 2
OSHA has two methods by which contractors may meet the compliance requirements. Here are questions that must be answered when considering which option is the best fit.
OSHA demands an engineering control to be the primary hazard control, recognizing vacuum and water.
OSHA requires exposure testing to be completed for engineering controls in Table 2.
Personal Protective Equipment
OSHA has developed standards for respirator use in Table 1. Table 2 may also require respirator use. Certain types of respirator use may trigger sections of the Respiratory Protection Standard.
Written Control Plan
OSHA requires a written control plan for every company whose activities may expose their workers to respirable crystalline silica.
OSHA requires that a person be designated as a “competent person” and be responsible for ensuring the safety of the crew.
OSHA has determined that some levels of exposure to respirable silica require medical surveillance. This evaluation is used detect early stages of silicosis and prevent further exposure.
Step 8: Download a Free Silica Control Plan Template
At the end of the 7 days, you will get to download a detailed Silica Control Plan Template which I have used to create my own plan and have given to other contractors to help them comply with the laws and keep their employees safe.Register for the Free Training