KEM Can Develop Your OSHA-Required Silica Plan

Posted: August 28, 2017

Crystalline silica is a common mineral found in many naturally occurring materials and used in many industrial products and at construction sites. Materials like sand, concrete, stone and mortar contain crystalline silica.

Inhaling very small (“respirable”) crystalline silica particles, causes multiple diseases. There are approximately 2.3 million workers exposed to crystalline silica on the job.

OSHA developed Table 1, a flexible compliance option protecting workers from silica exposure. Employers who fully and properly implement the engineering controls, work practices, and respiratory protection specified for a task on Table 1 are not required to measure respirable crystalline silica exposures to verify that levels are at or below the PEL for workers engaged in the Table 1 task.

All employers are required to develop a written exposure control plan. KEM can help with this. If monitoring is required, KEM can also provide these services.