** MBI MEMBERS ONLY WEBINAR **
Presenter: Tom Suckow, Master Builders of Iowa, Des Moines, IA
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule to curb lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease in America’s workers by limiting their exposure to respirable crystalline silica. The rule is comprised of two standards, one for Construction and one for General Industry and Maritime. Both standards contained in the final rule took effect on June 23, 2016. After which construction has one year before citations will be written. This webinar will get you started down the path towards compliance.
The standard requires employers to limit worker exposures to respirable crystalline silica and to take other steps to protect workers through:
- The implementation of a written exposure control plan that identifies tasks that involve exposure and methods used to protect workers, including procedures to restrict access to work areas where high exposures may occur.
- Designation of a competent person to implement the written exposure control plan.
- Restrict housekeeping practices that expose workers to silica where feasible alternatives are available.
- Offer medical exams—including chest X-rays and lung function tests—every three years for workers who are required by the standard to wear a respirator for 30 or more days per year.