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Silica in Construction – Are You Prepared? (Tinley Park, IL)

Thursday, May 25, 2017, 8:30 AM CST
Tinley Park, IL
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Silica in Construction – Are You Prepared? (Tinley Park, IL)

Registration is from 8:00 – 8:30 a.m. | Continental Breakfast for Attendees

NOTE! On April 6th, OSHA extended the date of enforcement for the Silica in Construction Standard to September 23rd. The following was published on the OSHA website, “The agency has determined that additional guidance is necessary due to the unique nature of the requirements in the construction standard. Originally scheduled to begin June 23, 2017, enforcement will now begin Sept. 23, 2017.

OSHA expects employers in the construction industry to continue to take steps either to come into compliance with the new permissible exposure limit, or to implement specific dust controls for certain operations as provided in Table 1 of the standard. Construction employers should also continue to prepare to implement the standard’s other requirements, including exposure assessment, medical surveillance and employee training.”

On March 25th, 2016 OSHA published a final rule for Silica in Construction. This rule establishes a reduction in the level of exposure allowed and changes the requirements for comprehensive programs intended to protect employees from the hazards of silica containing dusts. 

Because silica is present in so many common building materials, nearly every construction craft and project will be impacted by these new requirements. All trade and general contractors are required to comply by June 23rd, 2017 with this complicated regulation. 

In order to successfully comply, it will be necessary to adjust at a reasonable pace, invest in advantageous tools and equipment, and possibly monitor the industrial hygiene of exposed workers. Extensive medical evaluations will also be required, including chest x-rays for workers exposed to silica. 

These medical evaluations may reveal conditions that can be linked to chronic exposure to silica, which will result in OSHA recordable illnesses and possible workers’ compensation claims. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is an illness OSHA refers to in the Standard that is tied to exposure to silica. 

Industry leading contactors are preparing for the impact this regulation will have on business operations. This workshop will review the Standard and provide advice and guidance on the various steps necessary to ensure compliance, while reducing exposure to citations and possible workers’ compensation claims. 



President / Horton Safety Consultants / Bio

Gary Glader oversees a team of safety professionals dedicated to developing, implementing and managing effective safety and risk management programs. As a Certified Safety Professional, Gary consults with clients interested in reducing the frequency and severity of incidents and injuries that help drive the cost of insurance and risk down. Gary also provides clients with OSHA and other regulatory body compliance assistance.

Since 1980, Gary has built relationships with many clients, their supervisors, and employees. These relationships, coupled with Gary’s extensive experience, offer strategic advantages to his clients in keeping employees safe, driving down costs, and ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements.

Material posted on this website is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a legal opinion or medical advice. Contact your legal representative or medical professional for information specific to your legal or medical needs.

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