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Silica Exposure in Construction Industry
University of South Florida OTI Education Center SH-29661-16-60-F-12

Silica Symposium – Free
Date: Thursday, February 22, 2018
Time: 9:00 am-12:00 noon
Location: Embassy Suites Hilton Tampa USF – 3705 Spectrum Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33612


Dear Valued Customer,
On behalf of USF Safety Florida Consultation Program, it is my honor to welcome you to the Silica Symposium. The symposium will bring about Florida’s small business owners/employers/employees and a panel of subject matter experts to discuss the new Respirable Crystalline Silica standard.

The one day symposium is intended to educate Florida small business community on OSHA’s new silica standard for both the General and Construction Industries.
Additionally, we will delve into how employers can maintain compliance and safety in the workplace., key  OSHA requirements, compliance assistance resources, managing on-site inspections for silica and cultivate a healthy discussion on protection from OSHA citations.

The Silica Symposium will be held on Thursday, February 22, 2018 from 9:00am-12:00pm at the Embassy Suites Hilton Tampa USF. Seating is limited! Register to attend now by selecting the link above.

I wish to thank the University of South Florida, USF OSHA Training Institute Education Center and the OSHA Tampa Arae Office for their significant contribution to lend to the success of this Symposium

Kind Regards,
Brian L. Warrick, PhD., CSP, CIH
USF Safety Florida Director

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What’s is crystalline silica?

Crystalline silica is a common mineral found in many naturally occurring materials and used in many industrial products and at construction sites. Materials like sand, concrete, stone and mortar contain crystalline silica. Crystalline silica is also used to make products such as glass, pottery, ceramics, bricks, concrete and artificial stone. Industrial sand used in certain operations, such as foundry work and hydraulic fracturing (fracking), is also a source of crystalline silica exposure. Amorphous silica, such as silica gel, is not crystalline silica.

Inhaling very small (“respirable”) crystalline silica particles, causes multiple diseases, including silicosis, an incurable lung disease that can lead to disability and death. Respirable crystalline silica also causes lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and kidney disease.

Silica Training for the Construction Industry
Grant funded Training through the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program
GRANT PERIOD ENDED 9/30/2017. For information on additional Silica training, contact us at