The author estimates that about 10 of sandcasting foundries are well on the way to compliance or already are in compliance About 20 seem to be burying their heads in the sand The rest should probably be taking steps to comply

The author estimates that about 10% of sand-casting foundries are well on the way to compliance, or already are in compliance. About 20% seem to be burying their heads in the sand. The rest should probably be taking steps to comply.

Mitigating the Effect of OSHA’s Silica Rule

With 12 months remaining until the enforcement date, a large majority of foundries appear to have made no progress toward compliance – but there is a workable strategy.  Performance-based standard Feasible engineering, work practice controls The Silica-Reduction Program Avoiding the wrong problem

Sand casting foundries face a particular environmental health risk concerning airborne silica: the sand that is their medium for forming parts is the source of a dangerous toxin, one that the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) asserts may cause lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease in workers. After decades of consideration and discussion, in March 2016 OSHA issued a final rule to minimize workers’ exposure to respirabl

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