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How should I sample to comply with OSHA’s silica dust standard?

“So, silica…”dusty

This was how many conversations started while exhibiting at conference  last week. OSHA released its rule for occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica back in March and many are still looking to understand how it will affect their business and employees.

The new rule goes into effect on June 23, 2016 and most business will have between one to five years to comply depending on industry. The new standard reduces the permissible exposure limit (PEL) for respirable crystalline silica to 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air, averaged over an 8-hour shift. This is a reduction is two to five times lower than the previous PEL.

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When is OK to take off your SCBA after a structure fire?

Once the fire is out right? Well, maybe…

If you think about all the plastics, metals, and liquid chemicals  that are in our homes and commercial and industrial buildings, there are all sorts of gases and vapors that could be floating around in the air after a fire.

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