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Title: What Will OSHA Check for on an Inspection? (cont'd)
--The OSHA inspector will interview employees to see if they are experiencing any symptoms that might be related to silicosis.
--The inspector will determine whether the employer is aware of the silicosis risk and is referring possible cases to a physician.
--The inspector will determine whether the employer is maintaining exposure and medical records related to silica and if employees have access to these records.
--The inspector will determine if the employer is keeping surfaces as free from dust as practicable—without using compressed air to blow off the dust! There should be separate break areas and contaminated clothes should not be blown off or shaken.
--Other inspection issues for abrasive blasting operations include:
Exposure of other employees working in area
Adequacy of ventilation systems
Manual operation of blast cleaning nozzles
Breathing air quality and use
Other adequate PPE
Hazards of alternative abrasive materials