OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) issued a new standard — OSHA PEL and Action Level compliance schedule for Construction Industry — which requires employers to limit worker exposures to respirable crystalline silica and to take other steps to protect workers.
Because all construction employers covered by the standard are required to establish and implement a written exposure control plan, Ardex has had exposure monitoring conducted by an Independent Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) for both the manufacturing of its materials as well as the ultimate product application in the field and in our training centers. Through these efforts, Ardex is focusing on education and training when working with contractors, distributors and industry associations.
Testing of Ardex products confirmed that respirable crystalline silica exposure was measured below the Action Level when following proper application methods. In the case of unsanded products like Ardex Feather Finish finishing underlayment, respirable crystalline silica exposure was measured as “none—detected” and do not require engineering control measures like additional ventilation or dust mask to comply with OSHA Silica Standard. All appropriate control measures are in place at all Ardex Academy training locations to ensure the safety of our technicians and our attendees.
Being a full—service supplier of products for flooring and tiling goes beyond having great systems; it requires a consistent and dedicated approach to support the contractor — both in the field and in training. The OSHA Silica Standard is just one example where Ardex develops programs to support the customer while working with our industry association partners like FCICA to help educate while navigating this important government standard.