The Answer My Friend, is in the Permissible Exposure Limit guidelines set forth by The Occupational Safety and Health Administration….or for short, the P.E.L according to OSHA.
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OSHA sets safety standard to reduce health risks due to silica dust exposure in the workplace.
Silicosis is now classified as a preventable occupational disease. The United States Department of Labor, following a lengthy investigation conducted by ruling agency, The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, also known as OSHA, has mandated a new standard of safety. OSHA set guidelines to protect the health of workers who are at most risk. All employers must comply by implementing protective measures, such as requiring respirator masks to be worn by workers. The standards for general industry and maritime also require that employers determine the amount of respirable crystalline that workers may be exposed to within the time restraints of an eight hour day.
Is there a silver lining within the dust cloud...
for workers who have been exposed to silica?
The good news, or silver lining if you will, is that with these new regulations, OSHA has cast an indisputable spotlight on the hazards of silica exposure in the workplace.
With all due respect to OSHA for finally setting standards to protect workers from silicosis, these long overdue protections have arrived too late for many already inflicted with silicosis. We hold fast in our prediction that silicosis related Workers’ Compensation claims are soon to be brought forward in unprecedented amounts in the Judicial Labor History of The United States. Choosing the right Workers’ Compensation Law Firm to represent your case has never been more important than right now.
Have you been exposed to silica dust in your workplace? Are you experiencing symptoms commonly associated with silicosis? If you answered yes to both questions, seek medical attention. You may have a Workers’ Compensation Case. Please allow us to assist you. Call us today. Toll Free: 855.965.1515