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The Silica Competent Person Training
November 28, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Silica Competent Person Training class will allow attendees to act as the company’s designated competent person as required by OSHA’s new silica standard.* Upon completion of the class the employee will be able to conduct an annual review and evaluation of your company’s written exposure control plan, update the plan as necessary, and re-train managers, supervisors and employees on updates. This Competent Person will be able to complete exposure assessments for tasks that may present an occupational exposure to silica dust and follow a set of protective engineering and administrative methods to reduce risk.
*As of September 23, 2017, OSHA now requires construction companies to adequately protect employees from respirable crystalline silica exposure and assure complete compliance and implement a written silica plan. This codified regulation, 29 CFR 1926.1153, is enforceable immediately and each company must document compliance with this rule. Each construction company will need to appoint a competently trained person or team to oversee the company’s compliance program. This Competent Person will complete an exposure assessments for tasks that may present an occupational exposure to silica dust and follow a set of protective engineering and administrative methods to reduce risk. Eighteen routine tasks have been compiled into a table to assist in implementing the correct methods and selecting appropriate PPE. Tasks which are not listed may need to have industrial hygiene (IH) sampling for respirable silica exposure (particles measuring 10 microns or less in diameter) to ensure that the environment controls will protect the workers. The maximum allowed under the new OSHA silica standard is 50 mcg per cubic meter of air, averaged over an eight-hour shift.
1. The development of a formal corporate silica safety program, including a written exposure control plan (WECP) for handling and use; exposure prevention and personal protective equipment; a training plan for managers, supervisors, and employees; an exposure response protocol; and schedules for refresher/personal protective equipment training; medical monitoring and documentation and recordkeeping will be part of the Competent Persons’ responsibilities.
2. The Competent Person will conduct an annual review and evaluation of your company’s written exposure control plan to be certain that it’s as effective as possible in protecting your employee’s health and maintaining full OSHA compliance. Updating the company’s plan as necessary, and re-train managers, supervisors, and employees on updates.
Class will be taught by ABC strategic partner HazTek Safety Management