What are some of the related Cal/OSHA requirements?
No matter what material you are working with - even something considered to be a "nuisance dust" - there is a basic Cal/OSHA requirement that employers know if their employees are being overexposed, whether that be by inhalation, skin absorption, or ingestion. Since it is not always easy to know if employees are overexposed, it is safest to assume they are. That means going ahead and implementing the exposure reduction controls described in the How do you Control the Hazard? page.
In particular, take a look at Title 8 of the California Code of Regulations (T8CCR), Sections:
- 1509: Injury and Illness Prevention Program (construction)
- 1530: General Requirements of Mechanical Ventilation Systems (construction)
- 1530.1: Control of Employee Exposures from Dust-Generating Operations Conducted on Concrete and Masonry Materials
- 3203: Injury and Illness Prevention Program (general industry)
- 5141: Control of Harmful Exposure to Employees
- 5143: General Requirements of Mechanical Ventilation Systems
- 5144: Respiratory Protective Equipment
- 5155: Airborne Contaminants
- 5194: Hazard Communication
Depending on what your employees work with, you may also want to take a look at other things besides silica, such as:
- 1529: Asbestos
- 1532: Cadmium
- 1532.1: Lead
- 1532.2: Hexavalent Chrome
- 1535: Methylenedianiline
- 1521: Excessive Noise Exposure - i.e. Ear Protection
Reference California Code of Regulations, Title 8 for other Cal/OSHA requirements not addressed above.