Tag: Construction

OSHA Wants Your Opinion on Silica

OSHA put out a Request for Information (RFI) to ask for additional information regarding the respirable crystalline silica standard.  OSHA revised the silica standard March 25, 2016, and launched an industry compliance effort on September 23, 2017, with full enforcement of the October 23, 2017 standard.

OSHA Publishes Silica Standard FAQ

Ever since the new OSHA regulation for occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica went into effect in 2017, OSHA has been trying to clear any questions concerning compliance. Last week, the administration released a brand-new silica standard Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) to offer some clarification. The new FAQs were created after talking to the general industry and industry stakeholders.

Coal Mines Make Black Lung

Black Lung is still around.   This last week the National Public Radio (NPR) collaborated with  PBS investigative series Frontline on an article titled:   “An Epidemic Is Killing Thousands of Coal Miners.  Regulators Could Have Stopped It.”  The multiyear investigation by NPR and Frontline found that these coal miners are part of an unfortunate, tragic, discovered outbreak Read More

Dr. Alice Hamilton: Industrial Hygiene Crusader

For National Women Physician’s day, we choose to commemorate the success of Dr. Alice Hamilton.  As consumers, we support a marketplace that allows us to acquire low-cost products quickly.  Sometimes production of those consumer products comes at a human health cost.  Alice Hamilton was a pioneer in the field of occupational health and safety.  There Read More

Respirable Dust Monitor History

The need for a Respirable Dust Monitor It wasn’t until August 1st, 2014; a groundbreaking respirable dust rule went into effect. The rule which was introduced by the United States Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) further adds to the increased list of various protections designed for coal miners.  While effectively closing some loopholes that Read More

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