VIDEO: Understanding Jobsite Silica Enforcement
OSHA’s new crystalline silica standard, which went into effect on September 23, has raised many questions for framers. On November 15, NFC President and Safety Committee Chair Ken Shifflett provided a brief overview of the topic and the FrameSAFE resources the NFC has developed to assist subscribers in implementing their own exposure control plan by either complying with OSHA’s Table 1 requirements or pursuing the option of air monitoring.
“We are aware of the confusion surrounding this issue for framers, as only a handful of our work tasks fall under Table 1,” explains Shifflett of Ace Carpentry in Manassas, Virginia. “Our efforts are focused on helping FrameSAFE subscribers easily put together job-specific silica plans based on our primary tasks: drilling concrete and cutting drywall, fiber cementitious products and Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC) wall panels.”
NFC’s “Respirable Silica Exposure Control Plan” is currently available to FrameSAFE subscribers as a stand-alone plan and will be incorporated into version 4 of FrameSAFE in early 2018. A series of Toolbox Talks on this topic are also due out soon.
Find more information about how to get started with FrameSAFE, call 608-310-6777.