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OSHA UPDATE: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule to curb lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease in America's workers by limiting their exposure to respirable crystalline silica. About 2.3 million workers are exposed to respirable crystalline silica in their workplaces, including 2 million construction workers who drill, cut, crush, or grind silica-containing materials such as concrete and stone.

Key Provisions

  • Reduces the permissible exposure limit (PEL) for Respirable Crystalline Silica to 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air, averaged over an 8-hour shift.

  • Requires employers to: use engineering controls (such as water or ventilation) to limit worker exposure to the PEL; provide respirators when engineering controls cannot adequately limit exposure; limit worker access to high exposure areas; develop a written exposure control plan, offer medical exams to highly exposed workers, and train workers on silica risks and how to limit exposures.

  • Provides medical exams to monitor highly exposed workers and gives them information about their lung health.

  • Provides flexibility to help employers — especially small businesses — protect workers from silica exposure.

Compliance Schedule
Both standards contained in the final rule took effect on June 23, 2016, after which industries have one to five years to comply with most requirements, based on the following schedule:

Construction - September 23, 2017. OSHA delayed enforcement in order to conduct additional outreach and provide educational materials and guidance for employer. See the memorandum. (per 9/20/17 memorandum, during the first 30 days of enforcement, employers who OSHA determines are making a good faith effort to meet the new standard will be assisted by OSHA in meeting the new requirements to assure understanding and compliance)

Lawson & Associates is offering a 4-hour course is designed to instruct employers, managers, supervisors, safety professionals and competent persons responsible for compliance with  OSHA's Final Rule for Respirable Crystalline Silica (29 CFR 1926.1153).  

Course participants will learn where to find Respirable Crystalline Silica in the workplace, the hazards of Respirable Crystalline Silica, the 2 options for compliance, the 2 options for monitoring, and requirements for all employers with potential exposure. Participants will receive a certificate of training upon completion of the course.

Classes Available - Dates for 2019 are online, and more dates are being added. 

Fall Protection Competent Person Level Course (24-Hour) - General Industry/Construction

This 24 hour Competent Person level course is presented by a Qualified Fall Protection Trainer (as required by ANSI Z359.2 and ANSI Z490.1) and is based on OSHA 29 CFR 1926 Sub Part M and EM 385-1-1 Section 21.C.01 and 21.C.05 requirements. This course is also valid training for non-military projects. Please be assured that we cover both OSHA/HIOSH and EM 385-1-1 requirements to ensure that the information covers both regulations and gives participants good value for their time. This course is intended for supervisors who may be designated as a competent person by their employer who will be responsible for the implementation and oversight of a managed fall protection program.  

This course includes written reference material for students, classroom lecture, hands-on training and practical demonstrations. Training and evaluations for this course will be documented and retained by Lawson & Associates, Inc. and provided to the employer for recordkeeping. Course certificates will include trainer/evaluator’s name, student’s name, Lawson & Associates, Inc. name, dates/times of training and evaluations, course objectives, content of training program, performance of student based on observation of physical demonstrations of skill or on exercises.  A test for verification of comprehension will be administered at the end of the course; a passing score of 70% is required for participants to receive a certificate of completion. 

Course topics include:
-Regulatory requirements for fall protection OSHA 29 CFR 1926 Sub Part M
              - Duty to have fall protection
              - Systems Criteria and Practices
-Regulatory requirements for fall protection EM 385-1-1
              - General requirements
              - Roles and Responsibilities
              - Training
              - Fall Protection Program
              - Controlled Access Zones
              - Fall Protection Systems
              - Covers
              - Safety Net Systems for Fall Protection
              - Personal Fall Protection Systems
              - Scaffolds, Work Platforms and Elevating/Aerial Platforms
              - Warning Lines Systems (WLS)
              - Rescue Plan and Procedures
              - Working Over or Near Water
              - Other Engineered Fall Protection Systems

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Recognize fall hazards in the work area;
- Understand the requirements of OSHA and EM 385-1-1
- Identify the correct procedures for selection, use, inspection, maintenance and storage of fall protection equipment;
- Understand the application limits, free fall distance, total fall distance and clearance requirements of fall protection systems and equipment;
- Determine rescue equipment and procedure options