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Slide 17


    Title: What Will OSHA Check for on an Inspection?

    • Employee exposure monitoring, including collection of bulk samples
    • Engineering and work practice controls
    • Respiratory protection
    • Hazard communication
    [Includes illustration of a man holding a clipboard and the OSHA logo]

    Speaker Notes:

    --The OSHA inspector will ask employees to wear air sampling pumps to monitor for exposure to dust and silica.

    --The inspector will look for engineering controls, such as using substitute abrasive materials for blasting and ventilation for powder filling operations or wet methods for grinding and drilling; the inspector will also look for work practice controls such as limiting the time that an employee spends at a job that has exposure to silica.

    --The minimum respiratory protection for workers exposed to crystalline silica during operations other than abrasive blasting is an N95 NIOSH-approved respirator for exposures that do not exceed the assigned protection factor.
    If employees are required to wear respirators, the employer must have a written respirator program. Employees must receive medical evaluations and fit tests.

    --Information regarding carcinogenicity must be included on labels and MSDSs.
    Bricks and crushed stone are covered by the Hazard Communication Standard (NOTE: some crushed stone operations fall under MSHA rather than OSHA.)
    Employees must be trained about hazards to which they are exposed.