This week SCT traveled out west to the 2018 World of Concrete Expo in Las Vegas, NV.
SCT General Manager Joe Ventura conducted silica monitoring and sampling during various demonstrations of concrete saws and drills from Diamond Products Limited. These tools are fitted with HEPA vacuum systems that collect and contain silica dust that is released by the destruction of concrete.
Silica exposure has been a hot topic at this year’s World of Concrete, as a U.S. Appeals Court recently rejected all objections brought forth by various industry stakeholders concerning OSHA’s new respirable crystalline silica final rule.
More than 2 million workers are exposed to silica each year in the U.S., putting workers at risk for silicosis, lung cancer, COPD, and kidney disease. The new standard became effective in June 2016, with enforcement beginning in September 2017.
To prepare employers for all of the new silica changes, at SCT we offer newly updated silica training courses: a two-hour awareness training and an eight-hour competent person training.
On February 27, 2018, we will host our eight-hour competent person training at our Cleveland-area office. Classroom space is limited, so register as soon as possible to reserve your spot.
The course will be led by silica expert and SCT Regional Director Tom Bielema. Mr. Bielema, the former Area Director of OSHA’s Peroria, IL Office, will provide an in-depth review of the new respirable crystalline silica standard.
Registration and payment can be completed directly online by clicking here, or you can call us at 1-800-204-1729 for more information.
Not sure which silica class is right for you? Need our experts to perform silica monitoring at your workplace? Fill out the contact form over at our special silica web page and one of our experts will get you squared away.