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On March 24, 2016, OSHA issued a final silica standard for the construction industry. 

The new standard went into effect on June 23, 2016, and employers are required to comply with all obligations of the federal standard (except methods of sample analysis) on September 23, 2017.  The JMDecker Group and Hawaii Island Contractors Association are hosting a Silica In Construction Workshops throughout 2018.

HIOSH Citation are increasing after Jan 1, 2018 up to $12,675 for serious violations. 

Silica in Construction Awareness Training Course
(OSHA’s New Rules Emphasis)

Course Duration: 3 Hours

$95.00/person Safety Series special (was $150/person)
$37.50 Hawaii Island Contractors Association Members Price (Members use HICA member registration link provided by Office)

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Course Description

In this awareness-level safety course, you will learn about the basics of Silica and Respirable Crystalline Silica Dust encountered during construction activities. This course will identify the basic health hazards associated with exposure to silica and respirable crystalline silica dust, some of the common construction tasks that could result in exposure to respirable crystalline and typical control measures employers may implement to protect workers from exposure to silica and respirable crystalline silica including engineering controls, work practices and respirators.

Participants will utilize the 29CFR1926, OSHA Standards for the Construction Industry, for guidelines and current regulatory requirements, which will be reviewed and placed into current practices and techniques. The participant will then be able to identify, evaluate and correctly apply equipment and regulatory applications to meet the needs of the environment.
Course Description: By taking this Respirable Crystalline Silica Awareness in Construction course, you will have a more thorough and up-to-date understanding of the magnitude of silica in the construction environment, basic hazards, evaluation and control techniques and OSHA’s new requirements surrounding the new Respirable Crystalline Silica in construction regulation. Upon successful completion, you will be able to:
1. Explain what respirable crystalline silica is and the health hazards associated with it
2. Recognize employer responsibilities and employee rights under the standard on respirable crystalline silica
Additionally, you will learn about contents of the new OSHA regulation concerning silica and respirable crystalline silica and where to get a copy of the regulation, be able to recognize who and what a competent person is and the basic requirements surrounding OSHA’s new Respirable Crystalline Silica standard (e.g. exposure limits, housekeeping, written exposure control plan, medical monitoring, training and recordkeeping.

Incident Investigation and Root Cause Analysis...Important to Business

During an incident investigation, an employer must determine which factors contributed to the incident, and both OSHA and the EPA encourage employers to go beyond the minimum investigation required and conduct a root cause analysis. A root cause analysis allows an employer to discover the underlying or systemic, rather than the generalized or immediate , causes of an incident. Correcting only an immediate cause may eliminate a symptom of a problem, but not the problem itself.

A successful root cause analysis identifies all root causes—there are often more than one. Consider the following example: A worker slips on a puddle of oil on the plant floor and falls. A traditional investigation may find the cause to be “oil spilled on the floor” with the remedy limited to cleaning up the spill and instructing the worker to be more careful.

A root cause analysis would reveal that the oil on the floor was merely a symptom of a more basic, or fundamental problem in the workplace. An employer conducting a root cause analysis to determine whether there are systemic reasons for an incident should ask:

  • Why was the oil on the floor in the first place?
  • Were there changes in conditions, processes, or the environment?
  • What is the source of the oil?
  • What tasks were underway when the oil was spilled?
  • Why did the oil remain on the floor?
  • Why was it not cleaned up?
  • How long had it been there?
  • Was the spill reported?

It is important to consider all possible “what,” “why,” and “how” questions to discover the root cause(s) of an incident. In this case, a root cause analysis may have revealed that the root cause of the spill was a failure to have an effective mechanical integrity program—that includes inspection and repair that would prevent or detect oil leaks. In contrast, an analysis that focused only on the immediate cause (failure to clean up the spill) would not have prevented future incidents because there was no system to prevent, identify, and correct leaks.

Any investigation that focuses on a true root cause analysis with an objective outcome can reduce future incidents and revenue loos resulting from accurate corrective actions. It is difficult to establish a process, which is time consuming, and look internally at your safety program or system failures.  It's easier to point a finger at an employee or human failure.  It's time to change the status quo and begin looking at the real reason an incident happened.  IT WILL REDUCE INCIDENTS AND SAVE YOU MONEY!


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