Keith Rickabaugh, CIH, to Speak on Respirable Crystalline Silica


Keith Rickabaugh, CIH at RJ Lee Group, will be speaking on “Respirable Crystalline Silica Sampling and Analysis Considerations,” at the Silica Summit on Friday, September 2, 2016 at 1:30pm. Hosted at the West Virginia University Erickson Alumni Center, this event highlights and focuses on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and OSHA’s final rule to protect workers from being exposed to breathable crystalline silica. Crystalline silica has been linked to lung cancer, silicosis, pulmonary disease and kidney disease. Key industry professionals in the region are encouraged to attend and learn from presentations and panel discussions addressing OSHA’s final rule and current research centered on silica exposure assessment and control solutions:

  • OSHA estimates the rule will save more than 600 lives and prevent 900 new cases of silicosis annually.
  • About 2.3 million workers are exposed to silica dust in their workplace. Construction workers who drill, cut, crush or grind materials such as concrete and stonemake up the majority of those exposed.
  • Roughly 300,000 workers are exposed in general industry, including those who work around hydraulic fracturing operations.

Admission to the Silica Summit is $35. For more information and to register online, visit the event page here.