Bustin’ Dust: Integrated System Enables New OSHA Regulation Compliance

In 2016 the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) adopted a new standard for the control of respirable crystalline silica. Fracturing sand suppliers, transporters and consumers will be required to implement solutions to be in compliance with OSHA standard 1910.1053. The standard states that an employer shall ensure that no employee is exposed to an airborne concentration of respirable silica in excess of 50 μg/cu. m of air. The permissible exposure limit (PEL) is calculated as an eight-hour time weighted average.