NEWS + EVENTS

SGS Galson is fully compliant with laboratory requirements of the new OSHA silica standard. Additional benefits include:

  • Adding a new XRD to our lab, increasing capacity by 50 percent, and additional FreePumpLoan™ inventory as well.
  • Industry-best technical assistance via web, text, and toll- free telephone
  • Real-time particle measurement capability with handheld equipment rentals including TSI and affordable web-based particle systems for continuous remote monitoring with Smart Sense devices
  • Our choice of silica kits provide flexible, cost effective turn-key monitoring options

“We also want to make sure you’re aware that additional follow-up sampling may be required,” Bill Walsh, SGS Galson, EHS Business Development Manager, Midwest Region, said. “Employers are obligated to initially monitor the airborne concentration of silica in the workplace, unless they can objectively demonstrate there is no silica released above the set action level.”

Results of initial monitoring within 12 months of compliance deadline:

  • If above PEL – Exposures re-assessed every 3 months
  • If above Action Level – Exposures re-assessed every 6 months
  • Discontinue when 2 consecutive measurements, 7 days apart are less than Action Level
  • Reassess if changes to production, process, control equipment, personnel, or work practices could produce exposures greater than Action Level
  • Employers can use specified dust control measures in lieu of sampling Table 1 – 18 Control Measures Listed, BUT ARE YOU FOLLOWING TABLE ONE SUFFICIENTLY TO AVOID A CITATION?

Construction Industry Classifications and Citations 2017 – 2018

Standard Section

# Citations

Reason for Citation

1926.1153(d)(2)(i)

111

Employer Failure to Monitor

1926.1153(c)(1)

106

Table 1 Requirements Not Met

1926.1153(g)(1)

79

No Written Control Plan

1926.1153(i)(1)

43

Silica not Included in Hazcom Program

1926.1153(e)(2)

15

No Respiratory Protection Program

1926.1153(i)(2)(i)

15

Insufficient Employee Training

1926.1153(i)(2)(i)(A)

8

Failure to Insure Employee Understanding of Silica Hazards

1926.1153(g)(4)

13

No Competent Person on Jobsite

1926.1153(d)(1)

11

Silica Overexposures (monitored by OSHA)

1926.1153(h)(1)(i)

8

No Medical Surveillance Program in Place

1926.1153(f)(1)

7

Dry Sweeping

 

“Thanks very much for entrusting SGS Galson with your silica analysis during the last year!” Walsh said. “Our clients have found that partnering with SGS Galson during this adjustment period to the updated OSHA silica regulations has resulted in strict compliance, precise results and quick turnaround.”

Contact SGS Client Service representatives at + 1 800 329 0204 or ehs.clientcare@sgs.com with any questions or to order.



« Previous Article Next Article »

YOUR LOCAL, GLOBAL LAB