Moreno Valley, Calif. -- Joel Guth, iQ Power Tools’ president, will be making a presentation on the hazards of silica and how to understand the new OSHA silica permissible exposure limit (PEL) at Coverings 2018, to be held May 8 to 11 in Atlanta, Ga. Entitled “What the Tile Industry Needs to Know about the New OSHA Silica Standard,” the presentation will be held on Wednesday, May 9, from 3 to 4 p.m. in Room B314. Guth will be joined by fellow panelists, Martin Howard, executive vice president of operations for tile, stone and pre-construction at David Allen and Jim Olson, assistant executive director of the National Tile Contractors Association.

Learning Objectives for this one hour presentation include: to learn and understand the hazard and risks associated with silica exposure; to learn and understand the OSHA PEL and what it means to you and your business; to learn and understand how to use air monitoring to measure silica exposure levels and understand the results; and to learn and understand options, including tools, work practices and educational resources, for controlling silica exposure on jobsites.

“As a third generation mason by trade and a contractor for over 30 years,” said Guth. “I've dealt with and breathed silica dust for most of that time. Being so close, I've been studying silica for over 15 years. Silica presents a big problem, but a problem that can be solved. As president of iQ Power Tools, my focus is knowing about silica and building tools that eliminate the hazards associated with it. Silica is an important topic in the tile industry, especially with the new rul​ing passed by OSHA, which reduced the permissible exposure limit to 50 micrograms of respirable crystalline silica per cubic meter of air, averaged over an eight-hour day. There is a lot of misinformation out there​,​ and we want to educate and train our colleagues so they can provide a safer work environment for themselves and their employees.”

Attendees may register for this complimentary presentation here.

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