When you think Safety...Think ABC
ABC sets the industry standard for workplace safety. ABC members receive regular updates on upcoming revisions to safety standards as well as improvement tools for proactive safety culture advancement. Keeping our greatest asset; the employee, engaged in safety creates the winning combination which we all strive for. The effect of this is a reduction in accidents, improved company morale, and sustainable growth. This means your business is more productive, as well as more profitable.
ABC Safety Committee – ABC Safety Committee meets the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 10:00 am. We had great turnouts the last couple of meetings in April and we want to thank everyone who took the time and effort to attend the meeting. There was some great discussion on safety culture programs, slips/trips and falls. You are invited to come participate in these meetings, YOUR VOICE MATTERS!
We have now reached the time when the
updated OSHA rule on Silica has taken affect. General industry and Maritime companies not only need to have their plan in
place, but they need to be practicing it as well. The standard 29 CFR 1910.1053
requires employers to:
employee exposures to silica if it may be at or above an action level of 25
µg/m3 (micrograms of silica per cubic meter of air), averaged over an
workers from respirable crystalline silica exposures above the permissible
exposure limit (PEL) of 50 µg/m3, averaged over an 8-hour day;
workers' access to areas where they could be exposed above the PEL;
dust controls to protect workers from silica exposures above the PEL;
respirators to workers when dust controls cannot limit exposures to the PEL;
housekeeping methods that do not create airborne dust, if feasible;
and implement a written exposure control plan that identifies tasks that
involve exposure and methods used to protect workers;
medical exams - including chest X-rays and lung function tests - every three
years for workers exposed at or above the action level for 30 or more days per
workers on work operations that result in silica exposure and ways to limit
records of exposure measurements, objective data, and medical exams.
surveillance must be offered to employees who will be exposed at or above the
action level for 30 or more days a year starting on June 23, 2020. (Medical
surveillance must be offered to employees who will be exposed above the PEL for
30 or more days a year (Went into effect on June 23, 2018.)
silica exposure is generally down due to better practices, employers must
evaluate processes and procedures to ensure they are preventing exposure.
Prevention is the key, using water or vacuum is the best prevention, PPE such
as respirators can fall short from improper use or type. Removing the employee
decision will have the highest chance of success. Employers are responsible for
the actions and inaction of the employees.
can cause cancers, silicosis, bronchial disease, and kidney diseases. These are
debilitating illnesses that result in early deaths. They cost employers
millions, but the cost to the employee is much higher. There is no cure, only
prevention. If you work with silica that may become silica dust through a high
energy process like cutting, drilling, grinding, or crushing talk to your
employer or safety professional to discuss what can be done to prevent your
To address the education needs regarding the above regulation, please contact us here at ABC, we have a number of plans available. If you have any questions and/or concerns, please reach out directly to me for information or on site training opportunities.
Safety Services – Are you in need of safety services for your company? Did you know that as a member of ABC there are safety services available to your company? ABC’s safety services range from a company evaluation and job site inspection to economically priced safety consulting services. Please feel free to reach out to Scott McKinnon the ABC Workforce and Safety Education director and get started with your assessment. Have an incredibly, safe, hydrated, summer!
Scott McKinnon - 801-699-2318 – [email protected]