Silica Dust Exposure Control – Review of OSHA Requirements for Protecting Employees Against Respirable Levels of Silica and Effective Control Measures to Ensure Compliance
Recorded Webinar
Duration : 90 MINUTES

John J. Meola is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and an Associates in Risk Management Degree (ARM)

He has over 25 years experience in construction, insurance, manufacturing and risk management. He is an Adjunct Instructor at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business and has a BA in Education.

He is the Safety Director for Pillar Inc. based in Richmond VA and is a consultant with private clients in various industries. He is an OSHA Construction Safety Outreach Trainer and is the author of two safety handbooks. He is also a regular contributor to several construction trade publications and presents seminars to select audiences all over the United States.


OSHA’s revised Standard for preventing Silica Dust exposure is now in effect and requires the employers to have a Written Control Plan that explains how they will protect their employees.

This Webinar will cover the basic and intermediate steps to help you build a Silica Exposure Control Plan that:

  • Protects your employees from Silica Dust Exposure
  • Meets the revised OSHA requirements
  • Gives a solid framework to build upon and improve your compliance posture and all-around safety efforts

OSHA has revised their long-dormant Silica Dust Exposure Standard and basically reduced the levels of employee exposure to extremely low levels. The revised Standard was published shortly following a separate revision that OSHA made to their PENALTY STRUCTURE.

The ostensible conclusion from these two revisions is that non-compliance OSHA requirements can indeed be very costly to an organization, with penalties easily reaching the six-digit dollar level. And this figure does not include the time and disruption to a Company as a result of simply responding to the Proposed Penalty, records, endless correspondence, your lawyers’ time, etc. For these reasons and more, you should enroll in this Webinar. We will provide a road-map to Compliance which will help you get into a posture of Compliance with this and some related OSHA Standards.

Learning Objectives

  • This webinar will address engineering, administrative and PPE measures aimed at eliminating and reducing occupational airborne silica dust exposures and generation, in accordance with the most recent revision to the OSHA silica dust exposure standard
  • The concepts discussed in this Webinar will provide starting points, ideas, and refinements for contractors and others in the building or manufacturing trades to stay under the regulatory radar on this issue
  • The revised exposure level for Silica dust exposure is sub-microscopic, measuring at roughly the ‘trace amount’ level. In realistic terms, if you can see the dust, you’re probably over-exposed under the Revised Standard
  • We will also discuss how to interpret and apply the provisions in OSHA’s Table 1, which describes the steps you should be taking for minimizing employee exposures on dust producing jobs
  • This webinar is most critical for Self-Directed work teams and their supervisors. These Teams are becoming more the norm in the Construction industry. Learn about how to best protect your crews and Company
  • An OSHA Inspection on your site will ask for certain documentation and evidence of your effort at eliminating employee exposure to the dust. In this webinar, we will discuss the main elements of the revised standard and provide examples of compliance-oriented documents, hardware, techniques and training course components
  • OSHA has what is known as a “Multi-Employer Worksite Policy”. They will hold four categories of Contractors responsible, regardless of their actual involvement in a violative condition. If you are a ‘Controlling, Creating, Exposing or Correcting’ Contractor under their definition, YOU can be drawn into a penalty situation, even though you had no direct involvement in a violation. Such as allowing your people to work in a cloud of dust created by someone else. We will discuss defensive measure you can take to protect your Company from being drawn into an OSHA proceeding
  • It is important to bear in mind that OSHA has also revised its’ penalty structure. This revision took into account about 30 years worth of inflationary increases. The new fines can quickly become astronomical. With a little effort, you can create a fairly solid defensive strategy to protect yourself, which we will talk about in this webinar
  • Additionally, we will discuss new tooling on the market, safety hardware, Best Industrial Practices and state-of-the-trade techniques for dealing with Silica Dust Exposure Avoidance
  • It is far more costly to have NO SILICA PLAN than it is to have a Plan that ‘needs improvement’ or is slightly off the mark. Following this Webinar, you will have a reference point to work from to create a new plan or strengthen your existing Plan

Who Should Attend

  • Concrete and Masonry trades, Cement kiln and plant operators
  • Rock crushers and quarries, Bridge and tunnel building
  • Tunnel boring machines, Street sweeping, all types
  • Vacuum truck operators, Masonry and Rock drillers
  • Trench & Excavation, Heavy equipment operators
  • Mining haul truck drivers, Heavy equipment operators
  • Truckers, dump truck drivers, Bricklayers, and Labourers
  • Highway paving, concrete, and asphalt, Roto-Milling, pavement re-surfacing
  • Saw Cutting, walk-behind, Sidewalk, curb and gutter contractors
  • Pneumatic jackhammer operators, Masons, stone cutters
  • Safety directors, Managers, Construction Inspectors
  • EIT’s (engineers in training), Architects and Engineers
  • Architectural stone installers, Industrial Hygienists
  • Insurance Loss Control and Claims, Construction Inspectors
  • Quality Control, Purchasing Agents persons
  • Marble, tile, granite installers and dealers, Masonry supply stores
  • Industrial hygienists, Foundry workers, Dental laboratories
  • Roofers – all types, Fire Sprinkler Pipe Installation, Surveyors
  • Clay and ceramic products, Oil and gas drilling, Shipyards
  • Granite quarries, Lapidary jewelers
  • Sand and media blasters, Dry ice blasting
  • Building maintenance and restoration, Shipyards
  • Boat builders, Cement transporters, Landscapers
  • Farmers, agricultural; plant nursery, Housekeeping/janitorial
  • $200.00