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Hazard Alert Warns of Silica Exposure during Countertop Manufacture, Installation
 

On Feb. 18, OSHA and NIOSH issued a joint hazard alert on protecting workers from significant crystalline silica exposure during the manufacture, finishing, and installation of stone countertops.
The agencies have identified exposure to silica as a health hazard to workers involved in stone
countertop operations, including fabrication shops and in-home work. The hazard alert lists job tasks
such as cutting, grinding, chipping, sanding, drilling, and polishing natural and manufactured stone
products as activities that can release hazardous levels of crystalline silica dust particles into the air,
potentially exposing employees working near the dust-generating operations in addition to those
performing the tasks. This alert comes soon after reports of 46 workers in Spain and 25 in Israel who developed silicosis as a result of exposure to crystalline silica in their work manufacturing
stone countertops. The hazard alert discusses how silica exposure can be mitigated in most countertop operations by monitoring the air to determine worker exposures to silica; controlling dust exposures by using engineering controls and safe work practices; and providing respiratory protection to workers when needed.
View the hazard alert as a PDF at http://bit.ly/hazardalertcountertop.

For more information on silica hazards, visit the
OSHA (http://bit.ly/osha_silica) and NIOSH (http://bit.ly/niosh_silica) topic pages.

 

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