About 2.3 million workers are exposed to respirable crystalline silica in their workplaces, including 2 million construction workers who drill, cut, crush, or grind silica-containing materials such as concrete and stone, and 300,000 workers in general industry operations such as brick manufacturing, foundries, and hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking.
Respiratory illness can be serious and in some cases, deadly. In today's workforce many workers are not properly protected and are at risk for respiratory illness.
Recently, there has been much in the news about concerns over breathing silica dust. Arbill feels it’s important to share this information to alert the many workers that come in contact with this substance.
Respiratory illness can be serious. In some cases, it can be deadly. And, unfortunately, in the safety world, we see the reality of respiratory issues. Many workers are not properly protected and are at risk for respiratory illness, which can be devastating to them and their families. It can also be devastating for employers who don’t protect their workers properly.
We've seen the impact of respiratory illness and how it can be devastating to workers, their families and employers who did not properly protect their workers.
How many working days were lost to sickness in the U.S. during our last flu season? 10 million? 50 million? Try 100 million!
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA) an estimated 5 million workers are required to use respiratory protection in 1.3 million workplaces throughout the United States. Respirators are intended to protect workers against insufficient oxygen.
Compact fluorescent light bulbs were first introduced in the 1970’s but didn’t become commonplace in the workplace until the past 2 decades. They are durable, energy efficient alternatives to incandescent bulbs allowing your workplace to be more efficient and show significant cost savings. Unfortunately, the greater efficiency and cost savings come with some risks to those workers who handle, recycle and dispose of them.