SILICA DUST: New Laws go into effect 09/23/17

News / Silica Dust New Laws Go Effect 092317

As of September 23, 2017, the new OSHA regulations involving silica dust safety will be put into place. Silica dust causes numerous health issues, and since so many materials on an average construction site contain this carcinogen, it is important that businesses take precautions. Investing in the right silica dust collection system can provide numerous benefits to both employers and staff.

In order to maintain compliance with the new OSHA silica dust regulations, the right dust collection systems and personal protection equipment will be required. Beginning in September 2017, a revised Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) will be in place, setting that limit to 50 micrograms per cubic feet of air, averaged over an eight-hour work day. The construction industry will need to comply with this standard, and silica dust collection systems can ensure jobsites stay within this limit.

Silica dust exposure has been linked to many adverse health effects to workers in the construction industry. As a human carcinogen, breathing in silica dust has been connected to a variety of long-term health issues, the most common of which is silicosis. When workers breathe in silica dust, the lungs may develop scar tissue that impairs the organ’s ability to take in oxygen. Severe cases can be fatal, and unfortunately, there is no known cure at this time. Lung cancer, Tuberculosis, and Kidney disease have also been linked to Silica dust exposure.

There is no better time to invest in a new silica dust collection system then now. As the impending OSHA regulations draw closer, you don’t want to get caught being non-compliant. Western States Tool offers a wide selection of silica dust collection equipment and accessories. We can help you get compliant before the September 23, 2017 deadline arrives.