silica testing for osha compliance
Making Your Workplace a Safe Place to Breathe
Much like the asbestos so common to certain industries many years ago, a mineral byproduct called crystalline silica has become a significant risk to workplace safety all over the world with more cases of disease and death reported each year. At ProHealth, we know how critical employee health is to running a successful business.
The danger lies in the tiny particles, referred to as “respirable particles” that can penetrate deep into the lungs and cause silicosis. Silicosis is an incurable lung disease that can often be fatal. In addition, crystalline silica exposure places workers at serious risk for developing respiratory diseases such as lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, COPD and kidney disease. According to research, approximately 2.3 million people in the U.S. are exposed to silica in the workplace.
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The Silica Medical Surveillance Exam Includes:
• Physical exam with medical clearance
• Spirometry testing
• Respirator fit testing
• Medical clearance for respirators
• TB skin test
• Chest X-ray (1-view)
The medical provider may request additional tests including a renal blood test.
Fortunately, OSHA’s new rules offer flexibility to assist employers in making their workplace safer by providing them with compliance dates staggered to ensure a sufficient amount of time to meet the requirements. To comply with OSHA, employers are given from one to five years to implement proper measures of protection and provide medical testing for the employees.
For more information about Silica Medical Surveillance exams at ProHealth contact Megan Siefert by phone (850) 554-9084 and email firstname.lastname@example.org
Find out more about OSHA’s new rule on silica online at the official OSHA website.