August 3, 2021

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Bosch Table 1 Compliance for OSHA Silica Dust Regulations

OSHA Table 1 Compliance for Silica Dust Regulations

Back in early 2017, OSHA announced new silica dust regulations and Bosch was the first company to proactively contact us to start the push toward education before the September 23rd deadline. That date has come and gone, but there’s still plenty of confusion running around about what you need and what you don’t. To help, […]

Bosch Bulldog Rotary Hammer drilling

Silica Dust Exposure Objective Test Data – the Table 1 Alternative

OSHA silica dust exposure limits have been in place since 2017. But not every organization has taken the steps necessary to meet the guidelines for silica dust protection. Every company that works with concrete, stone, or other masonry materials needs to meet OSHA requirements. But what happens when Table 1 methods don’t exist? That’s when Silica Dust […]

OSHA Silica Dust Fines Aren't Cheap

OSHA Silica Dust Fines Aren’t Cheap

We’ve been talking a lot about OSHA’s silica dust regulations over the past year or so. From the time of the first announcement to the extra 3 months of grace the industry got, it’s been a hot topic in the concrete industry. With all the money OSHA is spending on education, there’s an enforcement side […]

Maintaining Good End To End Silica Dust Management 09

Maintaining Good End to End Silica Dust Management

Good end to end silica dust management starts with a solid plan and making sure your crew knows how to use the products that keep you compliant with OSHA’s 50-microgram PEL. Fortunately, some manufacturers are making it easier with websites dedicated to Table 1 compliance. How to Use Table 1 for Silica Dust Management There […]

Is There an Epidemic of Ignoring OSHA Regulations?

Why Worry About OSHA Regulations?

Take a look at the photo above. Four guys, a power cutter, and little PPE. At least they were standing upwind. Oh, and don’t forget the bandanas. Those are really effective at filtering out silica dust. Anyway, as I passed this scene on a lunchtime bike ride recently, it got me contemplating, is there an […]

Bosch HDC250 Core Bit Dust Collection Attachment

Bosch HDC250 Core Bit Dust Collection Attachment

One of our favorite concrete accessories is Bosch’s HDC200. It’s an adapter for your dust extractor to collect concrete dust as it exits the hole when you’re using a rotary hammer. The fact that it works with anyone’s rotary hammers and bits means we don’t have to carry a bunch of tool-specific collection devices. The […]

Silicosis: Why OSHA Silica Dust Regulations and Table 1 Matters

Few people really enjoy it when the government expands regulations. While there’s certainly been a lot of focus on silica dust regulation updates, we haven’t spent much time looking at the rationale behind it. Namely, the silicosis OSHA is trying to prevent construction Pros from suffering through later in life. What is Silicosis and Its […]

Bosch Speed Clean Rotary Hammer Bits

Silica Dust Questions About Tools And Attachments: Table 1 Compliance

OSHA compliance for silica dust can be a real bear. We recently had a chance to talk to Jim Bohn, Director of Strategic Development for Bosch Tool Corporation, about some of the finer, more obscure points surrounding the issue of keeping OSHA compliant in all situations. Today, we’re looking at the possible issues surrounding swapping […]

OSHA's New Silica Dust Permissible Exposure Limit

Disposing of Concrete Dust

Filtering out silica dust from the workplace doesn’t do us a whole lot of good if we’re emptying it back into the air trying to dispose of it. So, how do we go about disposing of concrete dust without causing more problems than we solved? We recently talked to Jim Bohn, the Director of Strategic […]