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OSHA Silica Dust Rule Final

The final rule is now in force per OSHA Standard for Silica Dust Exposure. Below is an excerpt that will be the main issues for Abrasive Blast operations. “The final rule also includes key provisions that require employers to: Use engineering controls (such as water, ventilation, or non-silica substitute) and work practices to limit worker…

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Pivotal Ruling on Coal Handling Coming Soon

The current state of the handling of spent coal slag (CCR – Coal Combustion Residue) may be changing soon (Dec. 19, 2014 ruling). A federal judge mandated regulation ruling by the Federal EPA is coming soon, after over four years past the original proposal. The EPA has until Dec 19th, based on a court order, to…

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Silica Plan gains backing from American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society has released a new study that millions could benefit from a federal proposal to limit silica exposure. “New studies have also shown that excess lung mortality occurs in silica-exposed workers who do not have silicosis and who do not smoke,” says the article, by Kyle Steenland, PhD, and Elizabeth Ward, PhD.…

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New Potential Rule Changes Affecting the Blasting Industry

Public comment has been invited by OSHA regarding potential revisions to their Process Safety Management standard along with other policy options that help prevent major chemical releases and other accidents. Also, they are seeking input on possible updates for three other standards, including the Explosive and Blasting Agents standard. President Obama signed the executive order…

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New Changes to Hazard Communication Standard

A new fact sheet has been posted at regarding the changes for the Hazard Communication Standard. This will most likely affect the blasting industry most directly in the training of employees on the new updates. Building on the success of OSHA’s current Hazard Communication Standard, the GHS is expected to prevent injuries and illnesses,…

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Lawsuits Prompt Update Of Coal Ash Regulations

In an article posted on, we are seeing that changes are coming regarding coal ash and EPA regulations. A judge is giving the agency a time frame to complete revisions of the regulations regarding coal ash. Whatever this ruling, it will have implications on your blast abrasives safety plan. Hazardous or Not? At the…

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