If you spend any time working out in the field, then you know that risk assessment and hazard awareness can be a matter of life and death. It’s important to be vigilant, keeping an eye out for everything from hazardous gases or silica, to loose bolts or faulty equipment.
This is a guest post by The CSA Group.
Workers in many occupational sectors – including oil and gas, mining, construction and others – often perform their jobs while exposed to high levels of occupational noise. It’s an accepted part of everyday work life, but is also recognized as an occupational hazard.
What’s not always clear is at what level it becomes a problem, or how many different issues it presents.
Silica is the second most common mineral on earth. It’s a basic component of soil, sand and many rocks; things we’re all exposed to, safely, every day.
So it’s hard to imagine that the dust from this common mineral, can be a deadly hazard. Continue reading