Looking back to September 2017 when OSHA’s Crystalline Silica Rule was implemented, I’m wondering, in 2019, how many flooring contractors are following the OSHA regulation requirements of Table 1: “Specified Exposure Control Methods When Working with Materials Containing Crystalline Silica.”
My article in the November/December 2017 issue covered the regulation and requirements. Fast forward to today, and I still see a lot of contractors using small handheld floor grinders with nothing but a shop vac and no dust mask. And with tile setters, I often don’t even see a vacuum being used when they’re cutting tiles inside a home. Just a reminder that a Vacuum Dust Collection System (VDCS) is required anytime you’re working indoors.