Are Your Wellsites Compliant?
When it comes to keeping your employees and contractors safe, you can’t be too careful — or too quick. We work quickly to implement air quality compliance programs that comply with OSHA's new silica standard.
Dr. David Michaels, Frmr. Asst. Sec. of Labor, OSHA
Employers must make safety a precondition of employment, not merely a priority.
OSHA Silica Rule
New federal regulations are here for the entire hydraulic fracturing industry. OSHA’s new, stricter standards reduce the permissible exposure levels (PEL) for respirable crystalline silica on a wellsite by 50%. But you can’t stop there. The regulations also require:
- Comprehensive Exposure Control Plan
- Exposure Assessment / Objective Data
- Engineering and Work Practice Controls
- Medical Surveillance and Record Keeping
- Regulated Areas and PPE
- Communication of Hazards
Understanding the exposure impact
Every time sand is moved on a wellsite, hazardous respirable crystalline silica dust is released into the air around your employees and contractors. In a typical 8-hour workday, a worker will breathe roughly 10m³ of air. The Daily Exposure Limit for silica dust is just 50 μg/m³.
Over time, inhaling these sharp dangerous particulates can cause silicosis — scarring on the lungs — and can lead to kidney disease, chronic bronchitis and even lung cancer. Ensuring the safety of everyone on your wellsite is a first step in achieving a harm-free wellsite.
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