Silica Data Collection Programs
Construction Employer’s Association (CEA) Silica Sampling and Objective Data Program
CSDA has partnered with CEA to help you conduct silica testing when Table 1 does not cover the task you are performing. Simply enroll in the CSDA sampling group, conduct your testing using your own equipment or equipment rented from CEA and get results that you can then submit to the CEA Objective Data Program.
By being a member of the CSDA Sampling Group you get access to the data generated by others in the construction industry and other participating CSDA members, potentially saving you the need to test each time you perform a task. Cost to enroll is only $100 per company if you are a CSDA member, and $200 for nonmembers.
NIOSH Health Hazard Evaluation (HHE) Program
The HHE program responds to requests from employers, unions, and employees to evaluate concerns about possible work-related hazards in the environment. The NIOSH HHE program is interested in evaluating employee exposures to respirable crystalline silica (RCS) in a variety of work environments throughout the country.
CSDA members may have workplaces where employees have potential work-related RCS exposures. NIOSH measures employee’s exposures to RCS in the air using personal air samplers, evaluates the controls (such as engineering controls and personal protective equipment) being used, and records observations about work practices that may affect exposure levels. They then provide you with recommendations to improve the health and safety issues related to possible RCS exposure among employees at your company.