OSHA Regulations for Silica Yield Bosch Innovation
OSHA has proposed regulations that would raise standards of exposure for airborne crystalline silica, also known as silica dust. As Lauren Hunter of Hanley Wood wrote, "OSHA's proposed rule would reduce the current permissible exposure limit (PEL) from 100 μg/m3 (micrograms per cubic meter) to 50 μg/m3. Reminiscent of the Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting rule, projects that would exceed the new silica dust limits limit would require the use of special tools, respirators, or other remedial measures."
OSHA issued a press release that spelled out the reason for the proposals, and where the proposals are directed.
"The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration today announced a proposed rule aimed at curbing lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease in America's workers. The proposal seeks to lower worker exposure to crystalline silica, which kills hundreds of workers and sickens thousands more each year.
"Exposure to airborne silica dust occurs in operations involving cutting, sawing, drilling and crushing of concrete, brick, block and other stone products and in operations using sand products, such as in glass manufacturing, foundries and sand blasting."
As with its record of progress in the concrete drilling and cutting and woodworking tools technology, Bosch has been a leader in dust extraction solutions. Bosch tools, attachments, hoses and extractors are designed to work together in integrated systems to help manage the dust and keep the jobsite cleaner and workers safer. Here are two of the ways that Bosch helps to meet the OSHA requirements: