Silica Testing: Why Do You Need It?

What is Crystalline Silica and how it effects workers

Crystalline silica is a mineral that can be found in many different types of Industrial related materials such as sand, concrete, stone, and mortar.   It is also used in making products like glass, pottery, ceramics, bricks and artificial stone. When these types of materials are sanded down or broken up the dust containing this mineral can be inhaled into a workers lungs and with prolonged exposure it can potentially result in adverse health effects.

OSHA’s ruling was made to safeguard workers from overexposure.  To ensure this, employers with PEL (permissible exposure limits) must adopt certain criteria in a medical program tailored to track the workers’ health over time.  The purpose of the program is to identify any pre-existing conditions that the worker may have prior to being exposed and then tested again periodically to ensure early detection of any possible exposure while on the job.

What Nova Medical Centers offers their clients:

Nova Medical Centers commitment to the occupational health community is to provide quality testing that meets OSHA requirements under this new ruling.  We ensure that our technicians are trained to OSHA’s recommendations, which in turn provides quality results you can trust!

Silica Testings Offered

  • Physicals for baseline, annual and exit exams for each worker
  • Chest X-ray with a B-Read Certified Radiologist
  • Pulmonary (aka Spirometry) Testing conducted by technicians that have completed an approved NIOSH course.
  • Tuberculosis Testing (TB)

What Industries the New OSHA ruling for Crystalline Silica could impact:

  • Construction
  • Glass Manufacturing
  • Landscaping
  • Jewelry Production
  • Refractory Production
  • Structural Clay/Pottery Production
  • Ready-Mix Concrete
  • Cut Stone and Stone Production
  • Abrasive Blasting in: Maritime Work, Construction, General Industry
  • Railroads
  • Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil & Gas
  • Asphalt Products Manufacturing
  • Painting and Coating

Ready to schedule testing or still have questions about Crystalline Silica Testing and if it’s right for your Company?  Click here to send us a message.

Nova is committed to serving our community!  In efforts to educate our clients, Nova co-hosted a Silica Lunch & Learn in Houston recently with Blakeman & Associates. Inquire today for more details on events like this in your area!