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Controlling Silica Dust: New Standards and Strategies for Compliance

  • Mar 11, 2020 (10:00 - 12:00 pm CT; 9:00 - 11:00 am MT)
    Video Conference (designated rooms at DOT sites)


DEADLINE: Friday, March 6, 2020

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The new permissible exposure level for workers exposed to silica is 50 mg per cubic meter over an 8-hour period. As an example, if silica dust is visible in the field, this new standard is likely exceeded. This presentation would help large and small organizations plan for, implement and comply with the new workplace standard. Topics covered: what is silica different shapes and forms, what is respirable crystalline silica, ISO testing, potential health standards, Permissible Exposer Levels (PEL), required training for employees, key elements of a respiratory control program, etc.

On September 23, 2017, OSHA began enforcing their respirable crystalline silica standard for the construction industry. The standard established a new exposure of 50 micrograms per cubic meter for an 8-hr time weighted average along with a host of other ancillary provisions such as establishing a written exposure control plan, housekeeping requirements, and medical surveillance. This standard calls for one of two methods of compliance. Either testing atmosphere and coming up with a control measure or following OSHA’s Table 1. Aside from the actual silica standard, an employer may fall into the respirator standard in order to comply. This video conference is intended to address key components of both silica standard and respirator standard.


Jack Kolberg, North Dakota AGC Safety Consultant, joined the AGC team in 2014. Previously, he served as Vice President/Safety lead at Northern Improvement Company for 27 years. Jack’s safety focus runs deep, a passion that serves those around him well by providing safe work environments for his team members and for elevating his company’s safety performance record. He is a recipient of North Dakota’s prestigious Outstanding Safety Professional of the year award. As North Dakota AGC’s Safety Consultant, Jack blankets the state with powerful training and a positive and contagious safety attitude.

Target Audience

Design engineers, supervisors, contractors, and all field personnel (inspectors, contractors, suppliers) that work on roadway projects.

NDSU Dept 2880P.O. Box 6050Fargo, ND 58108-6050