Crystalline silica is a common mineral in the earth's crust, and is found in many types of rock including sand, quartz, and granite. When you inhale crystalline silica, the lung tissue reacts by developing fibrous tissue around trapped silica particles. Silica is present in both work and non-work environments, and exposure to crystalline silica dust has long been known to cause a disease called silicosis.
With fall upon us, I sit drinking my coffee on the back porch listening to the rustling of the leaves and can't help but get the itch to string up my bow, clean my gun and get my gear treated. September is a month when all hunters fill the shops, by their tags and stock the cabin. Countless times though, a number of hunters will completely disregard their own safety in the hopes that the freezer back at home will once again be full. As one strolls through the aisles of hunting gear, the vendors pile on the importance of high visibility and keeping your feet dry. However, one hazard still looms, and is the leading cause of hunting related injuries and deaths nationwide.
OSHA states that you have the right to a safe and healthful workplace, free of serious recognized hazards. While we may think only the "obvious" hazards in our workplace are potentially dangerous, such as machinery, chemicals, noise, or traffic, there is something that is just as dangerous that we may not be aware of.
September is Emergency Preparedness month and in light of the issues we as a nation have just witnessed with hurricane Harvey, we are focusing on how to prepare for a hurricane. In many ways, this is accomplished the same at work and with your family.