Saturday, October 6, 2012

Guidelines for Minimizing Respirable Silica Exposure in Hydraulic Fracturing

There are many tools available to support your efforts to improve worker safety. In addition to the links below, your workers compensation insurance carrier may be an excellent resource.

OSHA/NIOSH Hazard Alert:
OSHA Chemical Sampling Webpage:
OSHA Guide to Respiratory Protection:
NIOSH Silica Webpage:
OSHA Silica Webpage:
OSHA Hazard Communication Webpage:
OSHA Access to Medical and Exposure Records:

Most areas that have active oil and gas activities also have professional organizations and groups. Just to name a few:

National STEPS Networks (Service, Transmission, Exploration and Production Safety) which promotes safety, health and environmental improvement in oil, gas and energy-related industries.

NIOSH’s Health Hazard Evaluation program (
 Field Effort to Assess Chemical Exposure Risks to Oil and Gas Workers

For Online Training Courses -

Program 1: Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA)- OSHA Accepted Courses

New Program - Training Course for Well Drillers (0il and Gas Industry- 4 hour course)
Crystalline Silica - Silicosis- Safety Training Video
Mining Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) (Refresher)

Source=Silica Short Term Solutions Working Group Sept 2012 v1

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