Are Your Wellsites Compliant?
When it comes to keeping your employees and contractors safe, you can’t be too careful — or too quick. In fact, there are only a few short months left to implement your compliance program before OSHA begins enforcing their new silica standards.
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 particles 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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