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PDC 14 - Tools for Compliance with the OSHA Silica ​​Standard

Enterprise Risk Management and Risk Assessment​ Track

Intermediate | Credits: 8 CM Credit Hours 

Wednesday, November 1 | 8:00 AM – 5:00 p.m. | Limit 40


This PDC will provide attendees with information to use to comply with the OSHA Silica Standard. This course will be presented as a scenario in which the attendees work for an organization that just acquired a company that produces crystalline silica-containing products. The attendees will learn the steps needed to identify, evaluate, and control crystalline silica exposure in their newly acquired company. The course will cover: industries with exposure to crystalline silica, silica polymorphs, acute and chronic health effects, components of 1910.1053, using descriptive statistics, objective data to estimate exposures, sampling for crystalline silica, lab analytical method issues, and exposure control plan development.

*Registration includes boxed lunch.


Participants should have an understanding of fundamental statistics, experience measuring employee exposure, and an understanding of qualitative risk assessment.

Learning Aids

Attendees must bring a scientific calculator w​ith them to the course.

Value Added

Each participant will receive information to evaluate respirable crystalline silica exposures, develop an exposure monitoring plan, and write a silica exposure control plan.​​

Course Outline

  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Industries with Crystalline Silica Exposure
  • Silica Sources, Uses, Structures, Health Effects, OELs and Carcinogen Designations
  • OSHA 1910.1053 Components
  • Exposure Assessment
  • Regulated Areas and Exposure Control
  • Review and Wrap up

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Describe conditions or products with quartz, cristobalite, and trydimite. 
  • Explain acute and chronic health effects of silica exposure. 
  • Use statistical methods to describe a job title or similar exposure group's silica exposure. 
  • List eight categories of information required by OSHA in an exposure monitoring record. 
  • Identify the actions needed to maintain, calibrate, and use a respirable dust cyclone. 
  • Interpret the results of a lab analytical report for respirable crystalline silica. 
  • Develop a periodic crystalline silica exposure monitoring plan.
  • Write a crystalline silica exposure control plan.

Transfer of Knowledge

Instructors will evaluate participants’ understanding of the materials presented based on:

  • Group activities
  • Hands-on demonstrations and practicum
  • Workshops



Name and Bio

David Regelbrugge, CIH, CSP, Technical Director, Partner Engineering and Science, Inc., Lombard, IL. 

David Regelbrugge is a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) and Certified Safety Professional (CSP). He has 30 years of occupational health and safety experience in a variety of different industries. Over the years he has completed thousands of projects in general industry and construction. He is a recognized OSHA compliance expert and has assisted clients throughout the world with some of their most challenging health and safety issues.​

Rod Harvey, CIH, CSP, PE, Director, Client Services at Carnow Conibear & Associates, Ltd., Chicago, IL. 

Mr. Harvey is the Director, Client Services at Carnow Conibear & Associates, Ltd., and former Senior Director of Operations, Great Lakes Region for Bureau Veritas' Health, Safety and Environmental Services division. He received his BS in Biology from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin and his MS in Environmental Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. Mr. Harvey has spent his entire professional career in environmental health and safety consulting and has over 30 years of experience. He is a Certified Industrial Hygienist, Certified Safety Professional, and registered as a Professional Engineer in the state of Illinois. His experience includes providing EHS consulting services to a wide range of clients, both public and private. Mr. Harvey is a member of the national and Chicago Local Section (Past President) of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), and the National and Illinois chapters of the American Society of Professional Engineers.​

Tim Stauder, MSPH, CIH, Director, HSE-Chicago Operation, Bureau Veritas North America, Inc., Lisle, IL.

Mr. Stauder is the Director of HSE for the Chicago Operation of Bureau Veritas North America. His responsibilities include management of staff, proposals, projects, account coordination, quality and P&L. Mr. Stauder has more than 25 years of comprehensive experience in the environmental, health and safety profession, including: Conducted audits throughout the world, developed audit protocols and supervised the work of international auditors conducting occupational health and medical surveillance audits; managed environmental, health and safety risks and programs for 10 years at Veterans Administration Medical Centers; data validation and analysis; regulatory reporting such as OSHA injury and illness, EPA Tier II and RCRA waste; risk evaluation and assessment; comprehensive industrial hygiene field work and management responsibility and identification and resolution of EHS risks in clinical and research laboratories.​