Occupational silica exposure
How can I best protect my workers from on-the-job silica exposure?
November 14, 2023
Silicosis, accelerated in California's engineered stone cutting industry, poses severe health risks due to the higher silica concentrations in countertops made of engineered stone.
OSHA intensifies education on respirable crystalline silica exposure hazards in the stone countertop and concrete industries through a National Enforcement Program.
Critical measures for hazard control include conducting a Job Hazard Analysis (JHA), using OSHA tools, and accessing CPWR resources for safe stone cutting practices.
Worker safety is ensured by following OSHA's On-Site Consultation Program, utilizing Silica-Safe tools for dust control, and selecting appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), guided by qualified safety professionals for optimal safety practices.