Safeguarding Workers: OSHA’s New Initiative in Engineered Stone Industries
In a move to fortify workplace safety, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently unveiled a groundbreaking enforcement initiative. This initiative, aimed at safeguarding workers in the engineered stone fabrication and installation industries, supplements OSHA’s existing National Emphasis Program for Respirable Crystalline Silica (CPL-03-00-023; February 4, 2020).
Prioritizing Worker Safety
The focus of this initiative is to prioritize federal OSHA inspections in workplaces where employees face heightened exposure to crystalline silica. Specifically, the initiative targets Cut Stone and Stone Product Manufacturing (NAICS Code 327991) and Brick, Stone and Related Construction Material Merchant Wholesalers (NAICS Code 423320). Furthermore, outreach efforts will extend to encompass industries associated with engineered stone.
Silica: A Silent Hazard
Collaborating with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), OSHA recognizes silica dust exposure as a significant health hazard for workers involved in the manufacturing, finishing, and installation of both natural and manufactured stone. This includes engineered artificial or cultured stone varieties. Inhaling minuscule crystalline silica particles poses a serious risk, exposing workers to silicosis—an incurable, progressively debilitating, and sometimes fatal lung disease. Additionally, unsafe silica dust exposure can lead to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or kidney disease.
Empowering with Information
For comprehensive details, refer to the official news release. To delve deeper into silica-related workplace hazards and discover effective solutions, visit [osha.gov/silica-crystalline]. We urge you to share this vital information with your stakeholders to ensure a safer working environment for all. Remember, prioritizing safety today secures a healthier tomorrow for your workforce. Stay informed, stay safe.