The dangers of the workplace are not just an issue of the past. The fact is that diseases like silicosis, lung cancer, and COPD are still the result of some workplace environments. Silicosis alone kills at least 100 people each year and destroys countless lives and families.
In response to the staggering 2.3 million workers who are exposed to respirable crystalline silica at the workplace, OSHA has established a rule to protect workers from exposure to crystalline silica particles.
The first phase of the rule became effective September 23, 2017, and Parker has answered the call to make the transition easy, safe, and affordable.
The Rule: What You Need To Know
The new OSHA regulation requires employers to do the following:
- Limit exposure to respirable crystalline silica to 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air over an 8-hour shift.
- Provide ventilation, water, or other engineered means to control and limit worker exposure to within the permissible exposure limit
- Provide respirators in the event the engineered controls cannot adequately limit worker exposure to the permissible limit
- Limit access to high exposure area
- Provide training on the risks of silica respiration and how to limit exposure
- Provide medical examinations to highly exposed employees as well as provide information about lung diseases and lung health
The new rule does not overlook the struggles some small business will face with these changes. There is a measure of flexibility within the rule to help small business through the changes while protecting workers health.
The rule will be enforced in waves, with the first on September 23, 2017. This wave affects the construction industry followed by the Maritime Industry, Hydraulic Fracturing Companies, and other General Industries which take effect on June 23, 2018.
All industries have 5 years to comply with the rule as it applies to them.
Do You Need to Comply?
Although the rule lists the industries affected, their outline is general and wide sweeping. Here is a list of the most common industries that will be expected to respond to the rule:
- Cut Stone and Stone Products
- Paintings and Coatings
- Pottery Products
- Oil and Gas Operations
- Concrete Products
- Dental Laboratories
- Railroad Transportation
- Glass Manufacturing
- Ready-Mix Concrete
- Refractory Furnace Installation and Repair
- Structural Clay Products
- Jewelry Production
- Refractory Products
- Abrasive Blasting in Maritime, Construction, and General Industry
The Parker Hannifin Response
Leave it to Parker to address this industrial health concern in a quick and affordable way.
Their new Twinhammer™ Hose is a complete wet spray system specifically designed for crystalline silica dust suppression.
This factory assembled hose system can deliver both air and water for superior dust suppression in pneumatic jackhammer applications. The lines are chemically bonded together which eliminates the need for creative yet dangerous improvisations on the work site.
Keep in mind: Using clamps or zip ties to connect two hoses together creates a safety hazard just as dangerous as the ones the OSHA rule is trying to prevent.
How it Works
The Twinhammer™ is a permanently joined hose designed to move both air and water at the same time.
The hose is split back at each end and color-coded to make attachment to water supply and air compressors easy (just match the colors up). Because the hoses are permanently sealed together, there is no worry of them separating or becoming cumbersome to use.
Connecting them is easy and secure as well. The Twinhammer™ comes equipped with universal carbon steel couplings to allow for quick and secure connect and disconnect from the air supply.
The water coupling is a brass, rust-resistant, male end to provide easy attachment to both the water supply and the spray nozzle.
This hose specifically addresses the requirements as outlined in the OSHA rule by providing engineered controls of both water and ventilation in an effort to reduce the exposure to silica particles and improve worker health and safety.
For more information and to learn more about this hose, reach out to our expert team.