As a benefit to AFS members, you have full access to a wide array of resources designed to guide you 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.
Through AFS, you have representation to regulators since 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 Foundries, Managing 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 into Casting Connection to see the full Silica Compliance Timeline and supporting documents. 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.