Silica Stakeholder Meeting – June 8, 2017

The next silica stakeholder meeting will be held June 8, 2017 at 9 a.m. at the L&I Tukwila office.

Respirable Crystalline Silica Rule (draft)

UPDATE: Respirable Crystalline Silica June 8 meeting slides

Medical Surveillance & Tuberculosis slides

Laborer Seriously Injured After Falling From Roof

The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries recently reported an incident in which a laborer fell 20 feet from a roof, sustaining serious injuries including a fractured spine.  L&I encourages employers and employees to take appropriate action to prevent workplace falls.  See the L&I website for more detailed information on the incident and preventative actions that should be taken.

Construction Fatality Narrative – Carpenter Falls from Bridge Platform

The Washington State FACE program has released a new fatality narrative summarizing a fatal incident in which a carpenter fell 60 feet from a bridge platform.  Although the victim was wearing fall protection, a retractable lanyard was improperly used.

Report

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New Epidemiology Review Evaluates Protection Provided by Current OELs for Silica

The review found that a cricial analysis of the epidemiology supported a qualitative association between occupational exposure to silica and obstructive lung function, but the data quality was not sufficient to calculate a quantitative relationship or define a threshold above which there was an increased risk.

Source: PubMed Abstract