Posted July 21, 2016

Bosch issues silica ruling Infographic

Downloadable PDF highlights recent changes in OSHA's silica ruling.

In March 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a ruling aimed at better protecting workers from respirable silica dust. This ruling has had several effects for contractors:

  • It substantially reduces allowed exposure limits for workers
  • Industries affected include construction, manufacturing, fracking and more
  • OSHA will enforce a reduction in silica exposure for an over eight-hour day from 250 micrograms per cubic meter of air to 50 micrograms 

Here is what contractors and distributors need to know about silica dust:

  • 2.3 million people in the U. S. are exposed to fine grains of silica on the job
  • Inhaling the dust is one of the oldest known workplace hazards
  • Crystalline silica is an important industrial material found in the earth’s crust
  • Quartz, the most common form of silica, is a component of sand, stone, rock, concrete, brick, block, and mortar
  • Silica dust can penetrate deep into the lungs, causing diseases like silicosis, lung cancer and kidney cancer

Here is how Bosch Power Tools is positively contributing to reduce silica dust exposure:

  • Bosch Speed Clean Bits are part of a comprehensive system that reduces dust while producing precise, clean holes in concrete. The system also reduces silica dust
  • Because Speed Clean bits minimize dust in the environment, there are benefits to both workers and people located in the immediate area around the construction site
  • The bits work in conjunction with an attached vacuum system

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