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OSHA's New Silica and Beryllium Standards: What Employers Need to Know?

Meeting Description:

OSHA’s New Silica & Beryllium Standards: What Employers Need to Know?

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 1 PM ET

Presented by Kate M. McMahon and Nick W. Scala

OSHA’s struggles to reform its chemical exposure limits continue with the rocky roll-out of its two newest occupational exposure standards – Silica and Beryllium.  Both standards are currently under legal challenge, but will likely survive in some form resulting in a full panoply of new obligations, including significant reductions in the allowable concentrations of airborne exposure to these chemicals, and a comprehensive set of ancillary requirements, such as housekeeping, hygiene, medical surveillance, recordkeeping, workplace signage, training, etc.  The silica standard, which is scheduled to become effective for General Industry and Maritime sectors in June 2018, is already in effect for Construction employers.

MSHA, even without its own Silica Standard on the books, has adopted some elements of the hierarchy of controls fundamental to OSHA chemical standards, including the prioritization of engineering over administrative controls. MSHA also conducts exposure monitoring at least annually for respirable silica, and rigorously enforces silica exposure issues.  “Me too” Silica and Beryllium standards for the mining industry may also be in the offing.

Participants in this webinar will learn about:

  • The guts of the Silica and Beryllium Standards – What is Required and by when
  • Status of OSHA’s final Silica and Beryllium Standards – Timetables for Compliance
  • Status of MSHA enforcement and potential rulemaking around Silica and Beryllium
  • Strategies and Best Practices to Protect Your Workforce and Avoid Enforcement
Date: Tue, Apr 17, 2018
Time: 01:00 PM EDT
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Host(s): Kate McMahon and Nick Scala
 Presenter Information
Kate M. McMahon
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Kathryn M. McMahon is a partner in the national OSHA • Workplace Safety Practice Group of Conn Maciel Carey LLP. She focuses her practice in the areas of occupational safety and health (OSHA) law and environmental law. Ms. McMahon helps clients manage incident and fatality inspections, and litigation related to alleged violations by federal OSHA and state OSHA programs.  She also represents industry stakeholders in all aspects of OSHA rulemaking, including proposed rules regarding silica, injury and illness recordkeeping, hexavalent chromium, and beryllium, among others.

Nick W. Scala
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Nick Scala is the Chair of the national MSHA Practice at Conn Maciel Carey. He focuses his practice on issues involving mining safety and health law, representing mining companies, on both the surface and underground, independent contractors and cement manufacturers.

Mr. Scala represents and advises clients in all phases of involvement with the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), particularly guiding companies through MSHA investigations and challenging enforcement and jurisdiction by the agency. Prior to representing the mining industry, he worked as a miner and he is a Certified Mine Safety Professional through the International Society of Mine Safety Professionals.