|Chapter 6683 Silica Safety Program|
Silica, when it becomes airborne (dust particulates), poses a serious health hazard. This program addresses techniques for mitigating silica exposure for activities that occurs at Jefferson Lab including, but not limited to: sandblasting, grinding, cutting, mixing, and drilling of concrete, brick, grout, and rock; miscellaneous sand and gravel operations; and removal of furnace insulation.Scope
This program satisfies applicable federal, state, and local requirements as outlined in ES&H Manual Chapter 2410 Appendix T1 Hazard Issues List.
For the purposes of this program "silica" refers to respirable crystalline, quartz, cristobalite, and tridymite. Contact Industrial Hygiene for guidance when using other forms.
This program applies to activities at Jefferson Lab that would commonly occur during day-to-day operations. This program complies with requirements of 29 CFR 1910.1053. Construction activities involving silica will be review by the Silica SME to determine if requirements of 29 CFR 1926.1153 have been met.
Table 1: Required Silica Safety Training by Job Classification
Depending on the complexity of the activity (i.e. indoors, confined space), Industrial Hygiene may require "hold points" to verify control adequacy of engineered, administrative controls, and/or Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Involve Jefferson Lab Industrial Hygiene in work planning activities.
T1 Silica Work Requirements
ES&H Manual Chapter 6683 Appendix T1 Silica Work Requirements provides Jefferson Lab's minimum requirements when working with silica including: planning, actual activities, and clean-up.
T2 Silica Training
No one at Jefferson Lab, including subcontractors, may authorize or perform work involving silica unless they are properly trained. ES&H Manual Chapter 6683 Appendix T2 Silica Training presents the process steps used to obtain and record the training required for work involving silica.
Management authority may be delegated to a task qualified Jefferson Lab employee at the discretion of the responsible manager.
Supervisor/Subcontracting Officer's Technical Representative (SOTR)/Sponsor
Silica Subject Matter Expert
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