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OSHA’s Silica Deadline Day September 23rd

Last Chance to Comply before OSHA’s Final Rule on Respirable Crystalline Silica Standards Goes into Effect Sunday.

Comply before it’s too late

OHSA’s final rule on Respirable Crystalline Silica Standards goes into effect this Sunday. This final rule, to protect workers from exposure to respirable crystalline silica, requires engineering controls to keep workers from breathing silica dust.

Why this is important

2 million construction workers nationwide will be affected by this rule going into effect Sunday, September 23, 2017.  The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recommends that employees should not be exposed to certain levels of respirable crystalline silica without any kind of protection. By limiting America’s workers exposure to respirable crystalline silica, the final rule is to curb lung cancer (or catch it during early stages), silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease.

How exposure will be detected

A B-reading should be made part of a part of full medical exam for people who work in these industries to detect exposure. Clients in Construction, General Industry and Maritime, as well as Hydraulic Fracturing may require their employees to get a chest X-Ray read by a NIOSH certified B-reader to check for exposure. The NIOSH B Reader certification is granted to physicians who demonstrate proficiency in the classification of chest x-rays for the pneumoconioses using the International Labour Office (ILO) Classification System.

Why B-Readers are important

The B-Reader’s primary commitment is to serve the welfare and best interests of patients, workers, and society by striving to classify chest radiographs as accurately as possible. In providing expert medical testimony, B Readers shall ensure that the testimony provided is unbiased, medically and scientifically correct, and clinically accurate. This certification is mandatory for physicians who classify chest radiographs for certain federal surveillance projects, such as the NIOSH Coal Workers’ X-ray Surveillance Program, the Asbestos Medical Surveillance Program, and industry-sponsored medical screening programs.

Additional information on B-Readers

How ^ Radiology can help

A knowledgeable team of NIOSH certified “B” Readers are standing by to provide you expert reviews of chest radiographs for the presence of occupational lung disease. Our range of expertise spans from epidemoiological evaluations, surveillance, to worker monitoring programs involving many types of pneumoconosis (lung disease that is often – but not always – caused by inhalation of dust in mines.) This certification is mandatory for physicians who classify chest radiographs for certain federal surveillance projects, such as the NIOSH Coal Workers’ X-ray Surveillance Program, the Asbestos Medical Surveillance Program, and industry-sponsored medical screening programs.

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