It is important that you are aware of jobsite hazards and utilize methods to avoid them. Always read and understand your equipment’s Operator’s Manual. For more safety information, visit: https://www.vermeer.com/safety
A written plan calls for a Competent Person. Contact your local OSHA office for Competent Person training. You can also contact your local OSHA office for monitoring equipment and information regarding sending samples. Local municipalities could have additional requirements.
Acronyms used in OSHA guidelines:
PEL – Permissible Exposure Limits
PLHCP – Physician or other Licensed Health Care Professional
TWA – Time-Weighted Average
µg/m3 – Micro grams per cubic meter
U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently issued a new Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard applicable to the construction industry. Enforcement for most of the provisions in the standard has begun. Learn more at:
This regulation is currently in effect for the United States, and the European Union is working on implementing similar regulation to be in effect sometime in 2018.
Silica dust is created during some operations using Vermeer equipment. Operations that cut, saw, grind, or drill concrete, rock, block, or brick may release silica dust. As a contractor working in the US, and soon in the European Union, it is important that you understand methods you can use to mitigate this hazard. The following links may help you create a mitigation plan for your employees: