Dangers of Respirable Silica

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Publisher:  U. S. Department of Energy, Office of Environment, Health, Safety and Security

Published As:  Public


Topics:  Respiratory Protection, Occupational Safety and Health, Wellness

This Operating Experience Level 3 document provides information on a safety concern related to recurring worker exposure to crystalline silica at Department of Energy sites. Several recent DOE events demonstrate the importance of good work planning and control, along with Industrial Hygiene support for tasks where generation of silica dust may jepopardize workers health.

Accordingly, the OE-3 document provides information on controls and the use of 10 Code of Federal Regulations 851, Worker Safety and Health Program. Recognizing respirable silica as a hazard, work planning, hazard analysis, IH support and monitoring, and hazard communication training can make a significant difference in protecting workers from silica exposure.

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