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Silica Dust Testing

Silica Dust Testing

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To protect your workers and your work site from the dangers of silicosis, count on M3 Environmental Consulting of Monterey for professional silica dust testing. We know that this small dust particle can cause big problems when it comes to employee safety, productivity, and your bottom line. We make sure you’re meeting OSHA, MSHA, and NIOSH standards and protecting your industrial air quality. Our testing methods provide you with quick, accurate results and peace of mind.

New Silica Rule Enforced By OSHA

As of 2017, OSHA is enforcing stricter guidelines against employee exposure to silica dust in the workplace. It is important for all companies to take steps towards compliance with this revised rule, including providing equipment to capture the dust particles and new respirator regulations. OSHA has granted short grace periods to some industries but they have already begun issuing fines and citations for noncompliance. Because all industries are different, if you’re unaware of the changes that need to be made in regards to this new silica rule, you should contact OSHA directly for clarification to avoid any potential violations. If you’re unsure of whether or not your employees are being exposed to toxic levels of respirable crystalline silica, M3 Environmental Consulting can assist with silica dust testing.

The Dangers Of Silicosis

Silicosis is the most severe and fatal result of crystalline silica dust exposure. Being exposed to this fine dust on the job site, at the office, or at home can cause a whole range of illnesses related to your respiratory system included your sinuses and lungs. Just some of these complications include:

  • Bronchitis
  • Tuberculosis
  • Lung Cancer
  • Kidney Disease
  • Asthma

Industries Affected By Silica Dust Exposure

Silica dust is almost impossible to avoid around construction and in industrial settings. Where there is sand, there is dust. Just some of the industries highly likely to be hosts of dangerous silica dust exposure include:

  • Construction And Renovation
  • Glass Production And Etching
  • Pottery, Clay, And Ceramics
  • Concrete Industries
  • Metal Foundries
  • Mining Operations And Quarries
  • Dental Laboratories
  • Paintings And Coating Businesses
  • Refractory Metal Installation
  • Painting, Sanding, And Blasting Companies

Monitoring Your Respirable Dust Levels

The good news is that the health hazards associated with respirable dust are completely preventable. The first step in preventing overexposure to respirable dust is professional silica dust testing. Our experienced technicians will sample, test and monitor your space for crystalline silica dust. We can then advise you on the best methods for protecting yourself, your tenants, or your employees from future health problems. Our priority is helping you maintain safe and healthy air quality.

Reliable Silica Dust Testing In Monterey

Don’t worry another day about exposure to dangerous levels of contaminants in your air. At M3 Environmental Consulting of Monterey, we offer silica dust testing for homes, businesses, work sites, and industrial settings. Contact our knowledgeable, experienced engineers today to schedule your testing service.