OSHA Silica Update: Learn How to Comply!
- September 21, 2017
8:00 am - 10:30 am
Are you ready for OSHA Silica Regulation Changes on 9/23/17?
Spend a morning learning about how the new OSHA Silica Standards that go in to effect on September 23, 2017 will affect your company!
The U.S. Department of Labor first highlighted the hazards of respirable crystalline silica in the 1930s, after a wave of worker deaths. The department set standards to limit worker exposure in 1971, when OSHA was created. However, the standards are outdated and do not adequately protect workers from silica-related diseases. Furthermore, workers are being exposed to silica in new industries such as stone or artificial stone countertop fabrication and hydraulic fracturing.
A full review of scientific evidence, industry consensus standards, and extensive stakeholder input provide the basis for the final rule, which was proposed in September 2013. The rule-making process allowed OSHA to solicit input in various forms for nearly a full year. The agency held 14 days of public hearings, during which more than 200 stakeholders presented testimony, and accepted over 2,000 comments, amounting to about 34,000 pages of material. In response to this extensive public engagement, OSHA made substantial changes, including enhanced employer flexibility in choosing how to reduce levels of respirable crystalline silica, while maintaining or improving worker protection.
Learn about the new key provisions to the rule and the compliance schedule that will be in place.
Continental Breakfast Included.
Venue: Hensel Phelps
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