May 23, 2018 - 1:22 PM EDT
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OSHA to Enforce New Silica Rule Next Month

TULSA, Okla., May 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- On June 23, OSHA's Silica Rule becomes fully enforceable. By this date, wellsite employers will need to have implemented a total dust control solution to combat the hazards associated with respirable crystalline silica exposure.

AIRIS Wellsite Services is the market-leading provider of industrial hygiene consulting and silica dust control. AIRIS’ Total Dust Control Solution® puts wellsite operators and pressure pumpers on the path to total compliance and harm-free wellsites. With regional offices in Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, and Pennsylvania, AIRIS provides services throughout the Rocky Mountains, Mid-Continent, Northeast and Texas regions. (PRNewsfoto/AIRIS Wellsite Services)

OSHA's standard cuts the acceptable exposure limit roughly in half to 50 μg/m3 and encourages a 75 percent reduction for optimal levels says AIRIS Vice President & Controller Katie Sallee.

"However, this is only one part of the rule," said Sallee. "Many companies don't realize the regulations have 10 other requirements."

The regulations also require:

  • Comprehensive exposure control plan
  • Exposure assessment
  • Engineering and work practice controls
  • Housekeeping
  • Medical surveillance and record keeping
  • Regulated areas and PPE
  • Communication of hazards

From a controller's perspective, Sallee encourages companies to take steps now before they are hit with fines from OSHA. The maximum fine amount for serious violations and for failure to abate is $12,675.

"But, this is per violation," continued Sallee. "If your wellsite has multiple violations, you can easily hit six figures fast. Not to mention, some fines are per day — now you're risking seven figures."

Willful or repeated violations have the possibility of receiving an additional $126,749 fine that can also compound per day.

With only 30 days left, E&P and service companies engaged in hydraulic fracturing activity should look for a partner that can help mitigate both the health and financial risks associated with overexposure to respirable silica dust.

About AIRIS
AIRIS Wellsite Services is the market-leading provider of industrial hygiene consulting and silica dust control. AIRIS' Total Dust Control Solution™ puts wellsite operators and pressure pumpers on the path to total compliance and harm-free wellsites. With regional offices in Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado and Pennsylvania, AIRIS provides services throughout the Rocky Mountains, Mid-Continent, Northeast and Texas regions.

Contact
Katie Sallee
918-728-7026
[email protected]

 

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