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Silica Exposure: Protecting Employees and Avoiding Citations - On-Demand

Silica Exposure: Protecting Employees and Avoiding Citations - On-Demand

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Silica Exposure: Protecting Employees and Avoiding Citations - On-Demand

Webinar now available On-Demand.


WEBINAR SNAPSHOT: Learn how to identify key compliance requirements in the general industry and construction silica standards and common missteps to avoid to stay off OSHA’s enforcement radar.



In 2016, OSHA finalized a long-awaited rule on exposure to respirable crystalline silica, creating a new set of compliance obligations for a wide swath of employers in construction, manufacturing, and other industries. Four years later, enforcement is in full swing, and OSHA is aggressively citing employers that expose workers to silica above the permissible exposure limits. In addition, OSHA has reopened its rule to make further amendments to “table 1” for construction and possible modifications for general industry and maritime compliance.

Moreover, recent news coverage on the prevalence of silicosis among countertop manufacturing workers has led lawmakers in Congress to call for increased emphasis on the hazards of silica dust, including urging the adoption of a companion rule covering employers under MSHA jurisdiction (cement plants, rock quarries, sand pits as well as traditional “mines”).

In response, OSHA is launching a new National Emphasis Program on silica to target enforcement and outreach efforts. MSHA also has a rulemaking underway. For employers with workers exposed to crystalline silica, it’s more important than ever to close compliance gaps and prevent employees from developing silicosis.

Use this on-demand webinar with Attorney Adele Abrams who will explain how to identify key compliance requirements in the general industry and construction silica standards, common missteps that can land employers on OSHA’s enforcement radar, and the forecast for further changes by OSHA and MSHA in their regulation of respirable crystalline silica.

After attending this webinar, you’ll be able to:

  • Recognize the practical impact of OSHA’s recent and upcoming enforcement activity related to silica, and pending changes to the final rule
  • Identify silica hazards in your workplace and determine the risk to your employees
  • Verify that your training, respiratory protection, exposure monitoring, recordkeeping, and other critical program elements are in compliance
  • Properly use Table 1 controls and anticipate future expansion of these options, as well as when exposure monitoring may be needed
  • Identify key compliance requirements in the general industry and construction silica standards and common missteps that can land employers on OSHA’s enforcement radar
  • And more!

About Your Presenter

Adele AbramsAdele L. Abrams, Esq. CMSP
Firm President 
Law Offices of Adele L. Abrams PC

Adele L. Abrams is an attorney and Certified Mine Safety Professional who is president of the Law Office of Adele L. Abrams P.C., a multi-attorney firm with offices in Beltsville, Maryland, Denver, Colorado, and Charleston, West Virginia. The firm represents employers in OSHA and Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) litigation nationwide, and her firm also handles employment law matters in a large number of states. Abrams and her firm colleagues provide employment and safety law consultation, safety audits, industrial hygiene assistance, and training services to companies in a variety of industries.

She is a member of the Maryland, DC and PA Bars; the U.S. District Courts of Maryland, DC, and TN; the U.S. Court of Appeals, DC Circuit 3rd Circuit, and 4th Circuit; and the United States Supreme Court. She also serves on the adjunct faculties of the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, and the University of Colorado-Boulder, where she teaches on employment, labor and occupational safety law.

She has been a professional member of ASSE (now ASSP) since 1997 and has been a SPY award recipient at the practice specialty, chapter, and regional level multiple times. She is an active member of the National Safety Council, where she was awarded the Distinguished Service to Safety Award (DSSA) in 2017. Abrams has co-authored several textbooks on employment law, occupational and mine safety and health, and is a regular columnist on safety law issues for multiple magazines.