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Silica Exposure in the Construction Industry - New OSHA Regulations

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Deadline: June 06, 2019 | Date: June 07, 2019

Venue/Country: Online, U.S.A

Updated: 2019-05-15 15:53:21 (GMT+9)

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Crystalline silica is a common mineral found in the earth's crust. Materials like sand, stone, concrete, and mortar contain crystalline silica. It is also used to make products such as glass, pottery, ceramics, bricks, and artificial stone. Silica is a mineral made up of silicon and oxygen, two of the most common elements on the planet.

It comes in several forms, although by far the most common is crystalline silica. Crystalline silica is so abundant that it makes up over 12% of the earth's crust, making it the second-most common mineral on the planet.

Why should you Attend

In the construction industry, workers are exposed to silica dust nearly every day on worksites. Examples of the most severe exposures to crystalline silica result are from sandblasting to removing paint and rust from stone buildings, metal bridges, tanks, and other surfaces.

Other activities that are likely to produce crystalline silica dust exposure include jack hammering, rock/well drilling, concrete mixing, concrete drilling, and brick and concrete block cutting and sawing. Also, tunneling operations; repair or replacement of linings of rotary kilns and cupola furnaces; along with setting, laying and repair of railroad track are also potential sources of crystalline silica exposure.

Areas Covered in the Session

What is Silica?

Where is Silica found?

Who has the highest potential for exposure?

How Dangerous is Silica dust?

What construction materials contain silica?

What are the most common Silica Health Effects

Who Will Benefit

Construction Workers

Construction Management

Concrete Masons

Hand Tool Operators

Construction Superintendents & Supervisors

Road Construction Personnel


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Speaker Profile

Dr. Ryan Kuhn, Ph.D., CIH is the Vice President and Director of Industrial Hygiene Services for Dominion Environmental Consultants, Inc. Dominion Environmental has conducted over 1000 smoke and soot investigations for a wide range of clients. Dr. Kuhn has performed hundreds of smoke and soot investigations in numerous residential and commercial properties across the country.

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