Sand industry prepares for new silica exposure rule

By Emma Hughes
Published: Thursday, 04 June 2015

While it remains unclear whether OSHA’s new PEL proposals will become law, members of the frac sand community have begun to prepare for tighter regulations. The National Industrial Sand Association has met to discuss the new standard while processing companies are making headway with new silicosis prevention measures.

OSHA silicosis sand  
Silicosis is to blame for historical industrial disasters, including the death of 476 workers at the Hawk's Nest Tunnel project from 1930-35.
Source: NISA/OSHA presentation 

Industrial hygienists will need to become more familiar with the requirements to prevent silicosis, a incurable lung condition, as the US Occupational...

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