Evaluation of Silica Exposures at a Countertop Fabricator [3325]
Date: Thursday, March 8, 2018
Time: 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
Location: Greater Columbus Convention Center
Room: A220

   Leonard Zwack, Lead Industrial Hygienist, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Track: Industrial Hygiene
Session Type: Educational Session
Skill Level: Advanced

The presenter discusses crystalline silica hazards in the natural and engineered stone countertop fabrication industry. He covers how wet cutting techniques alone may not be sufficient to bring exposures below occupational exposure limits. He presents an example of both industrial hygienists and occupational physicians working together to investigate a case of silicosis in a new industry.

Learning Objectives:
Recognize and identify crystalline silica hazards in stone countertop manufacturing settings
Summarize the new Occupational Safety and Health Administration silica permissible exposure limit
Summarize how both industrial hygiene and medical approaches can help reduce silica exposure
Explain how to better control silica hazards though the use of wet cutting methods and ventilation

CEU Hours:  
  IACET: 0.1
  CCM: 1
  BWC Discount Programs: 1

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