27 Oct 2016

Are You Compliant with OSHA 2016 Silica Regulations?

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Are You Compliant with OSHA 2016 Silica Regulations?

By Sharon Harry, CPS – Concrete Polishing Solutions

Identifying that small, breathable particles of silica can be potentially hazardous, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has reduced the permissible exposure limit (PEL) for respirable crystalline silica to 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air, averaged over an 8-hour shift. This rule takes effect on June 23, 2016, after which industries have one to five years to comply with the majority of requirements.

The construction industry must comply by June 23, 2017.

How Can CPS’ Polished Concrete Equipment and Tooling Help You Comply?

Industrial Vacuums with HEPA Filters

The CPS ProCAT 5 and CAT 5 vacuums have two high-efficiency primary cartridge filters that are rated 99.9% efficient for particle sizes as small as 0.5 microns. The two cartridges have nominally 40 square feet (3.8 sq. meters) of surface area to handle the most difficult industrial environments. Debris is collected in a continuous bagging system that allows the operator to control the bag size and weight and provide convenient dust-free disposal. A secondary HEPA filter assembly is also a standard feature on these vacs to capture 99.97% of dust down to 0.3 micron particle size.

Use a Wet Grinding Method

The wet process uses water to cool the diamond abrasives and eliminate grinding dust. For your convenience, all CPS machines are designed with water feed systems to be used for the wet method of dust control, and the CPS Aqua Resins provide a three-step grinding & polishing system that is easily completed with a burnish step and creates consistent gloss readings in the mid to high 40s.

Need more information on how this regulation might effect you? Call Procrete Resources at (877) 310-2785.

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