OSHA Silica Rule Making

28 Aug

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) is currently reviewing its rules concerning exposure to silica. As demand for silica sand increases due to its use in hydraulic fracturing, OSHA has determined that existing standards need to be reviewed so that workers and others with potential exposure to silica dust are protected. Silica, when ingested or inhaled, leads to serious health consequences including, but not limited to, lung disease, renal (kidney) disease, and scleroderma, a disease which affects skin, joints, blood vessels and skeletal muscles.

If you have questions concerning OSHA’s silica rule making process or any other questions related to silica mining, please contact Thorn & Associates at 773-609-5320, [email protected], or through our web contact form.

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