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Silica safety talk

The following tips and guidelines will help minimize the exposure to respirable crystalline silica:
• Develop a written control plan that includes work preparation, monitoring requirements for workers, respiratory
protection requirements, a process for decontamination, hygiene requirements and inspection plan
• Establish a training program for all employees and management team; have a method to alert of anticipated sources and locations of silica exposures, control measures in place including respiratory protection requirements and actions to reduce exposures
• Provide formalized training for employees and subcontractors include JSA, pre-work safety meeting roundup and
method to minimize exposure including proper care for respirators
• Post NIOSH signage in work areas, e.g., “Respiratory Protection Required” and “Potential Silica Exposure”
• Limit work areas to essential personnel only
• Ensure workers are trained and comply with respiratory protection program as outlined by OSHA
• Train and require exposed employees to wash or use a damp cloth to clean hands and face before eating, drinking,
smoking or leaving work location
• Train affected employees on how to remove contaminated clothing and PPE after their work shift
• Establish housekeeping measures to clean enclosed work area that has become contaminated with silica dust using a HEPA vacuum or wet based cleaning method

Additional information is available though the following organizations:
National STEPS Networks
The American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP)


This article is provided solely as a reference tool to be used for information purposes only. The information in this article shall not be construed or interpreted as providing legal or any other advice. The information material does not amend the provisions of any insurance policy issued by CompSource Mutual. It is not a representation that coverage does or does not exist for any particular claim or loss under any such policy. Coverage depends on the facts and circumstances involved in the claim or loss, all applicable policy provisions, and any applicable law.

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