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AFS offers Members resources to attain compliance with OSHA’s Silica Rule before the June 23rd deadline

March 5, 2018


American Foundry Society members have full access to a wide array of resources designed to guide them toward compliance with OSHA’s new, more restrictive, crystalline silica rule:

  • The AFS Silica Compliance Timeline describes all the elements of a compliant silica program and includes interactive resources. 
  • PowerPoint presentations explain the silica program requirements, and each is followed with useful resources such as checklists, templates and OSHA required forms.
  • Monthly webinars are scheduled through July 2018, each hosted by Industrial Hygienists, Engineers and panelists selected from foundries that have already met the new silica requirements. There is no one solution that will serve all foundries so come join the discussion. Questions are fielded during these live events.
  • AFS serves as the liaison to OSHA asking questions and getting answers. When the answers are made available to us, you’ll find them on our website.
  • The AFS online bookstore also has titles such as: Control of Silica Exposure in FoundriesManaging the Foundry Indoor Air Environment; and PPE Guide for Metalcasting Operations, which includes a chapter describing the options for respiratory protection equipment. AFS members receive discounts on books.

AFS members can log in and see the full Silica Compliance Timeline and supporting documents here. The AFS webpage includes vital information on sampling, source control, recordkeeping and more. All visitors to the AFS website may access some silica information but membership is required for full access. To inquire about membership, please call Ben Yates, AFS vice president of business development, at (800) 537-4237. To learn about individual and corporate membership pricing and benefits, or to join online, please click here

The American Foundry Society is a dynamic technical and advocacy organization that serves and represents the $33 billion metalcasting industry. AFS is the only association serving the entire industry, including all metals and processes, with a three-part focus on advocacy, education, and innovation. AFS also publishes Modern Casting and Metal Casting Design & Purchasing magazines and presents Metalcasting Congress and CastExpo, the largest metalcasting trade events in North America. Founded in 1896, the organization is based in Schaumburg, Illinois, with an advocacy office in Washington, D.C. More information is available at