Silica Testing Services
Crystalline silica is a mineral found in the earth's crust. Millions of U.S. workers are exposed to silica in a variety of occupations like construction and mining. Exposure to silica dust can lead to the development of Silicosis, an irreversible disease. The important thing to note about this disease is that it is preventable. By implementing safety measures in the workplace and performing routine testing, you are taking the necessary preventative steps to ensure the health and safety of your employees.
The OSHA compliance exams consist of:
- A medical and work history that emphasizes past, present, and anticipated exposure to respirable crystalline silica, dust, and other agents affecting the respiratory system; any history of respiratory system dysfunction (signs and symptoms of respiratory disease such as shortness of breath, cough, wheezing, etc.); history of tuberculosis; and smoking status and history;
- A physical examination with special emphasis on the respiratory system;
- A chest X-ray with interpretation by a certified B-reader;
- A pulmonary function test administered by a spirometry technician with a current certificate from a NIOSH-approved spirometry course;
- Testing for latent tuberculosis infection; and any other tests deemed appropriate by the medical professional.