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SSPC Session Addresses Worker Health and Safety

Thursday, February 2, 2017

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Health and safety were the focus of a series of presentations Wednesday afternoon (Feb. 1) at SSPC 2017, where new standards and practical safety measures were addressed by experts in the field.

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One session covered the topic of ladder safety, including creating a safety plan that helps prevent ladder hazards.

The afternoon’s Session 3: Environmental, Health and Safety Regulations series comprised three distinct presentations.

Crystalline Silica

Thomas Enger, of Clemco Industries, spoke on the topic of the new silica standard the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will begin to enforce later this year for some industries. OSHA’s new silica rule reduces the permissible exposure limit for respirable crystalline silica to 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air, averaged over an eight-hour period.

RCRA and Beryllium

Alison Kaelin, of ABKaelin LLC, gave a general update on regulatory actions taken recently by both OSHA and the Environmental Protection Agency, and what action is anticipated in the near future.


OSHA's new beryllium rule applies to the use of some blasting abrasives made from coal slag or copper slag.

Kaelin’s presentation included information on new changes to the EPA’s Resource Conservation and Recovery Act hazardous waste generator standard as they might affect applicators and those in surface preparation and abatement. She characterized the changes as “the most impactful thing to happen since the lead standard” in terms of environmental regulations affecting the industry.

Big changes include stricter guidelines on collecting samples at the point of generation, and new clean closure requirements that now apply anywhere hazardous waste is stored in containers.

Kaelin also addressed OSHA’s new beryllium rule, which sets a lower PEL for that material, which is found in some abrasives made with coal slag or copper slag. That rule goes into effect in April.

Ladder Safety

Stanford Liang, of Tetra Tech, spoke specifically to the topic of ladder safety, including regulations and best practices when overseeing workers who will be using ladders. Liang addressed how companies can implement a comprehensive safety plan that will help to prevent ladder hazards, and outlined the specifics of OSHA ladder regulations with which contractors must be in compliance.


Tagged categories: Asia Pacific; Beryllium; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); Health & Safety; Health and safety; Ladders; Latin America; North America; OSHA; Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA); Silica; SSPC; SSPC 2017

Comment from Thomas Van Hooser, (2/4/2017, 11:04 AM)

Very positive!

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