OSHA To Review New Silica Protection Rules For Contractors At 2018 Investment In Infrastructure Expo


Officials from the Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA) will review the organization’s new final rule to curb lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease in America’s workers by limiting their exposure to respirable crystalline silica at the SITE Improvement Association’s Investment in Infrastructure Expo on February 27 in St. Charles. It is one of several rules and regulations OSHA will review with attendees to Expo.  The federal safety agency estimates that the rule will save over 600 lives and prevent more than 900 new cases of silicosis each year, once its effects are fully realized. St. Louis area contractors are invited to attend and learn about the rule’s key provisions and how to protect their workers.

“Millions of workers are exposed to respirable crystalline silica in their workplaces, including construction workers who drill, cut, crush, or grind silica-containing materials such as concrete and stone, and workers in general industry operations such as brick manufacturing, foundries, and hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking,” said Terry Briggs, Executive director of SITE.  “Responsible employers have been protecting workers from harmful exposure to respirable crystalline silica for years, using widely-available equipment that controls dust with water or a vacuum system.  This presentation provides an excellent opportunity for local contractors to learn first-hand how these new regulations might affect their operations and their workforce.”

The 2018 Expo will be held at the St. Charles Convention Center and feature an afternoon of breakout sessions describing upcoming projects, an annual economic outlook for the local construction industry, an exhibit hall filled with industry vendors and a reception for all attendees, buyers and vendors. Last year’s event attracted more than 350 attendees and 50 vendors.  Tickets for attendees, which will include appetizers and drinks at the reception in the exhibit hall, are $30.  Sponsorship opportunities in the exhibit hall are available for equipment dealers and suppliers, as well as for construction, architecture, engineering and other professional services firms. Booth space has sold out. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.sitestl.org.

SITE is an independent construction contractor group representing more than 200 contractors and businesses primarily in the concrete, earthmoving, landscaping, asphalt paving, highway/bridge, sewer/utility and specialty construction segments.  It represents the interests of its members in negotiations with labor unions, promotes political and legislative agendas and provides safety and technical training for members. SITE has been in continuous operation since 1966.  For more information, visit www.sitestl.org.

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