Occupational exposure to airborne crystalline silica (CS) particles is associated with increased risk of development of silicosis (a fibrotic lung disease), lung cancer, and kidney disease. In 2016, the Occupational Safety and HealthAdministration (OSHA) promulgated a new rule on workplace exposures to CS, including a lower, more protective PEL and provisions for exposure assessment. This session provides an overview of the industrial toxicology and hygiene of occupational exposures to CS and outlines the requirements of the new OSHA CS rule.
Identify jobs and industries where exposure to crystalline silica may be a concern, the adverse health effects of overexposure to crystalline silica and common approaches for measuring and controlling occupational exposure.
Discuss the major requirements of the new OSHA crystalline silica rule and its medical surveillance requirements.