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CSDA & OSHA Alliance Produce Best Practice for Reducing Silica Exposure

St. Petersburg, FL – The Concrete Sawing and Drilling Association (CSDA) and the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) have worked together on safety and health issues for the country’s concrete sawing and drilling industry for almost two years. Through their partnership, CSDA and OSHA provide vital materials and education that help foster a safe work environment and advance the safety and training of sawing and drilling professionals. A major focus of the Alliance is to develop Best Practice tip sheets for the sawing and drilling industry. In an attempt to educate and prevent silicosis, a fact sheet entitled Reducing Silica Exposure Fact Sheet was developed and released.

Concrete cutting, coring, drilling, quarrying, and the production or laying of brick/block are jobs that can create an airborne exposure to silica and potentially cause silicosis. Cutting wet or using engineering controls such as ventilation are the most effective methods of reducing employee exposure to silica dust. Cutting wet is the preferred method. The new Alliance Best Practice on silica provides the best practice for employers and employees of concrete cutting companies. This is the second Best Practice developed under the Alliance. The first Best Practice covered highway work zone safety and was released at the World of Concrete 2007.

In conjunction with the CSDA/OSHA Alliance, Steven F. Witt, OSHA’s Director of the Directorate of Construction, will provide an update regarding OSHA’s current enforcement, cooperative programs and resources at CSDA’s annual convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, on March 6, 2008. In the past, the Alliance also worked on seminars and programs with CSDA at the World of Concrete exhibition and will continue this practice in years to come. OSHA will also share booth space with CSDA at the January 22-25, 2008 World of Concrete. Trade show attendees can visit CSDA and OSHA in booth S10521 in the South Exhibit Hall.

"Working with OSHA has been such a great benefit to our association, and to the concrete cutting industry as a whole. The need to help reduce injuries in our profession is great, and the Alliance with OSHA – with training and awareness – is vital in today’s highly competitive market," said CSDA President, Tom Stowell.

For more information on the Reducing Silica Exposure Fact Sheet, or the CSDA/OSHA Alliance, contact the CSDA office at 727-577-5004. This new Best Practice is enclosed in this mailing. In Addition, it and the previous Highway Work Zone Safety Checklist, can be found on the CSDA Website, www.csda.org, by clicking on the OSHA Alliance logo, located at the bottom of the CSDA home page.

CSDA is a nonprofit trade association of contractors, manufacturers and affiliated members from the concrete construction and renovation industry. The CSDA mission is to promote the selection of professional sawing and drilling contractors and their methods. Concrete cutting with diamond tools offers industry many benefits including lower total project costs, precision cutting, maintenance of structural integrity, reduced downtime, reduced noise, dust and debris, limited access cutting and the ability to cut heavily-reinforced concrete. Founded in 1972, CSDA has over 525 international member companies.

Contact: Patrick O’Brien, Executive Director
Concrete Sawing & Drilling Association
pat@csda.org

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