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Crystalline silica is one of the most common minerals in the earth’s crust. It may be encountered in many occupational activities, especially those involving stone, concrete, sand, and brick. When inhaled, the respirable fraction of crystalline silica (RCS) leads to an increased risk of silicosis, lung cancer, kidney disease, and immune system defects. Though knowledge of the dangers of RCS has been present for many years, OSHA issued a new final rule to protect workers early in 2016. Enforcement of the new standards began in September of 2017 and June of 2018 for RCS in construction and general industry, respectively. This webinar will discuss meeting the evolving OSHA requirements and compliance strategies from the perspective of a safety professional or supervisor, including the generation of a Written Exposure Control Plan and physical properties and medical effects of RCS exposure.

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

1. Describe and educate others on the physical properties of respirable crystalline silica (RCS)
2. Describe and educate others on the medical effects associated with RCS exposure
3. Identify relevant aspects of the OSHA standards for RCS, including OELs, methods of control, recordkeeping and training requirements, medical surveillance requirements, and the differences between the construction standard and general industry/maritime
4. Create and maintain a unique Written Exposure Control plan related to their specific activity

Presenter: John Cala, CIH
John Cala received an undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Pittsburgh and a Masters Degree in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. He spent two years in Hawaii as an environmental scientist and hazardous waste transporter and has spent the last four years in the private and public sector of North Carolina focusing on industrial hygiene and environmental compliance in state construction and military operations. John earned his CIH credential early in 2019.

This LIVE interactive webinar is a 1-hour lecture and 30 minutes of Q&A. A Premium Membership subscription to the Bowen EHS® Member Center is required. This course contains 1.0 hours of instruction. 0.1 CEUs are offered for this course. As an IACET Accredited Provider, Bowen Learning Network offers CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.