NFFSummit Webinar: Respirable Silica Abatement Guidance Document for Non-Ferrous Foundries
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OSHA's respirable silica rule is in effect, and all foundries must comply with most of the requirements of the standard by June 23, 2018. This webinar will review the contents of the new NFFS Silica Abatement Guidance Document that will soon be available to NFFS members. Covered areas will include vibratory conveyors, no-bake sand mixers, hand-held and pedestal grinders, tumblast machines, sand systems, and more.

12/13/2017
When: Wednesday, December 13, 2017
2:00 PM
Where: NFFS Webinar
United States
Presenter: Martha Guimond, Joseph A. Guimond & Associates
Contact: Scott Lammers
847-299-0950


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Webinar: Respirable Silica Abatement Guidance Document

Topic: Respirable Silica Abatement Guidance Document for Non-Ferrous Foundries
Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2017
Time: 2:00 pm EST
Cost: FREE and only available to NFFS members

OSHA’s respirable silica rule is already in effect, and all foundries must comply with most of the requirements of the standard by June 23, 2018. (Medical surveillance for workers above the action level but below the PEL is required by June 23, 2020.) Among other things, the standard requires employers to:

  • Assess employee exposure to silica if it may be at or above the action level;
  • Protect workers from respirable silica exposures above the PEL;
  • Limit workers’ access to areas where they could be exposed above the PEL;
  • Use all feasible dust controls to protect workers from silica exposures above the PEL;
  • Provide respirators to workers when dust controls cannot limit exposure to the PEL;
  • Use housekeeping methods that do not create airborne dust, if feasible;
  • Establish and implement a written exposure control plan;
  • Offer medical exams every three years for workers exposed at or above the action level for 30 or more days/year by June 23, 2020. (Medical surveillance must be offered to employees at or above the PEL for 30 or more days/year starting June 23, 2018);
  • Train workers on operations that result in silica exposure and ways to limit exposure;
  • Keep records of exposure measurements, objective data and medical exams.

How is a foundry to know what engineering controls are available (and work, aka ‘feasible’) to control fugitive respirable silica exposures in the plant? The NFFS Respirable Silica Abatement Guidance Document is a great start! Assembled, reviewed and approved by a working group of non-ferrous foundry professionals, this webinar will outline the available publication from NFFS. The webinar will review feasible and effective engineering designs that can help reduce or eliminate silica exposure in a wide variety of areas in the foundry, including vibratory conveyors, no-bake sand mixers, hand held grinders, pedestal grinders, tumblast machines, sand systems (belts, conveyers and silos), cut-off saws and abrasive wheel machines, furnace/ladle relining procedures, and more!

Join us for a conversation and a review of the new respirable silica guidance document available from NFFS! If you only plan to attend one webinar this holiday season, make sure THIS is the webinar you do not miss!

Speaker: Martha Guimond, Joseph A. Guimond & Associates

NFFS is committed to assisting the industry with providing safe work environments and high quality training programs for the industry’s employees. With over 30 years of experience in providing safety training to non-ferrous foundries, you can rely on NFFS for accurate and helpful information related to occupational safety and health issues in your facility. Visit www.nffs.org for more information.


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