In an attempt to educate workers and prevent silicosis, the Concrete Sawing and Drilling Association and the Occupational Safety & Health Administration have developed and released a fact sheet entitled “Reducing Silica Exposure Fact Sheet.”
The new Alliance Best Practice on silica outlines the best practice for employers and employees of concrete cutting companies. Concrete cutting, coring, drilling and quarrying are among the jobs that can create airborne exposure to silica and potentially cause silicosis. Cutting wet or using engineering controls such as ventilation are the most effective methods of reducing employee exposure to silica dust. Cutting wet is the preferred method.
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