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Title: What Will OSHA Check for on an Inspection?
--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.