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Significance and Use
3.1 These practices and criteria were developed for occupational exposures. They are intended to (a) protect against clinical disease from exposure to respirable crystalline silica, (b) be measurable by techniques that are valid, reproducible, and readily available, and (c) be attainable with existing technology and protective practices.
1.1 This practice covers a description of several actions that should be taken to reduce the risk of harmful occupational exposures to humans in environments containing respirable crystalline silica. This practice is intended for, but not limited to, industries regulated by the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). A separate practice, designed for the unique conditions of the construction industry has been designated Practice E2625.
1.3 Units—The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.
1.4 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use. It is the responsibility of the user to consult all material safety data sheets and labels pertaining to any hazardous materials used in this standard.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
D4532 Test Method for Respirable Dust in Workplace Atmospheres Using Cyclone Samplers
E2625 Practice for Controlling Occupational Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica for Construction and Demolition Activities
ANSI StandardsANSI/AIHA Z9.2 Fundamentals Governing the Design and Operation of Local Exhaust Systems ANSI Z9.7 Z88.2 American National Standard Practice for Respiratory Protection
Code of Federal Regulations29 CFR 1910.1000, Air Contaminants 29 CFR 1910.1200, Hazard Communication 29 CFR 1910.134, Respiratory Protection 29 CFR 1910.94, Ventilation 29 CFR 1926.103 Respiratory Protection 29 CFR 1926.57 Ventilation 30 CFR 47, Hazard Communication 30 CFR 56, Title 30, Subpart D, Air Quality, Radiation, and Physical Agents (MSHA) 42 CFR 84 Title 42, Part 84, Approval of Respiratory Protective Devices, Tests for Permissibility, Fees
ICS Number Code 13.040.30 (Workplace atmospheres)
UNSPSC Code 12352309(Silica)
ASTM E1132-13e1, Standard Practice for Health Requirements Relating to Occupational Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2013, www.astm.orgBack to Top