Industrial Hygiene

Amerisafe Group offers a full range of safety and environmental industrial hygiene services, including air monitoring, bulk sampling, noise surveys, indoor air quality assessments and both ionizing and non-ionizing radiation monitoring.

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Industrial Hygiene Safety Consultants

Amerisafe Group first provides an initial Industrial Hygiene Safety assessment to determine exposure potentials and then develops a sampling plan that will meet your needs. Our Safety Consultants have strong backgrounds in the use of appropriate NIOSH, OSHA, EPA and other regulatory agencies sampling protocols. Amerisafe Group utilizes only AIHA accredited laboratories for all industrial hygiene sampling analysis.

Upon receipt of monitoring results, Amerisafe develops corrective actions, including control measures and recommendations for process changes that will ensure employee safety and health, all of which are contained in a written Industrial Hygiene report that is provided to you.

Reduce Silica Dust at Work Sites

Respirable crystalline silica is produced by the drilling, cutting, and grinding of materials that contain silica, such as concrete, stone, and brick. The process of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, also exposes workers to silica dust. Nearly 2.3 million workers in the construction and general industries are exposed to the effects of silica dust, which include silicosis, lung cancer, kidney disease, and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).

Air monitoring is required in order to determine exposure levels of employees and to help to decide what protective measures need to be implemented. Amerisafe Group has an Industrial Hygiene Team that can establish sampling strategies, monitor workers, and clearly report results to assist employers with compliance.

New OSHA Silica Rule

On March 24, 2016, OSHA released a new, final rule designed to eliminate the harmful effects of crystalline silica dust. Containing two standards, one for Construction and one for General Industry and Maritime, the new OSHA silica rule is projected to save nearly 600 lives and prevent over 900 new cases of silicosis annually once fully implemented.

In order to help better understand the differences between the old silica rule and the new one, Amerisafe Group offers open-enrollment training designed for construction and manufacturing business owners, supervisors, managers and safety and HR professionals. Custom classes can also be developed and executed at your location.

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The Key Points of the OSHA Silica Ruling include:

  • Reducing the PEL, or permissible exposure limit, for silica to 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air over the span of an 8-hour shift.
  • Requiring employers to use engineering controls, like water or ventilation, to limit exposure to silica; provide respirators when engineering controls are not enough; identify and limit high exposure areas; create a written plan to control exposure; and train employees on the risks of silica exposure.
  • Providing medical exams to employees with high exposures to silica.
  • Providing flexibility to help employers provide the necessary protection from silica to its employees.

Prior to handing down its final ruling on silica exposure, OSHA welcomed input from various sources, including stakeholders, industry consensus, and scientific evidence. Fourteen days of public hearings were held, where 200 testimonies and over 2,000 comments produced 34,000 pages of material. OSHA used this extensive data to make many significant changes and updates to the silica standards, resulting in this final rule release.

Silica Dust Safety

Amerisafe Group, nationwide leader in safety services, shares a partnership with James Hardie to ensure OSHA silica dust safety standards.