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American Oil & Gas Reporter Feature: Tools Minimize Silica Dust Exposure

On June 23, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration began enforcing a tighter standard for exposure to respirable crystalline silica (RCS) as a precaution against debilitating and often fatal lung and kidney diseases. Detailed in 29 CFR 1910.1053, the new standard applies to hydraulic fracturing operations and limits workers’ exposure to an eight hour time-weighted average of 50 micrograms per cubic meter.

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