Tag: Silica Exposures

California Board Weighing Readoption of Emergency Silica Rule

The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board meets May 16 to consider readopting the state’s emergency temporary standard (ETS) for occupational exposures to respirable crystalline silica. The board adopted an ETS on December 14, 2023, which became effective December 29, to protect workers in the stone fabrication industry from silicosis. California’s permanent silica standard […]

Alabama Brick Maker Facing $124K Fine for Silica Exposures

Henry Brick Co. Inc., a Selma, Alabama, brick manufacturer, faces $124,212 in Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) penalties for exposing employees to respirable crystalline silica, the agency announced February 27.  Exposure to crystalline silica can lead to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, kidney disease, and lung cancer. OSHA cited Henry Brick Co. with 11 serious […]

Understand the Hazards of Silica

Each year, more than 300 American workers die from silicosis, and thousands of new cases are diagnosed. Silicosis is the name given to incurable lung damage that occurs when workers inhale dusts that contain crystalline silica. Silica comes in different forms, but crystalline silica is the type that causes scarring in the lungs. Crystalline silica […]