The United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that more than 2 million American workers are exposed every year to Respirable Crystalline Silica. "Materials like sand, stone, concrete, and mortar contain crystalline silica." Construction workers are particularly exposed to silica dust and over 900 of them are diagnosed with silicosis every year. Silicosis is an incurable and debilitating work related injury that kills over 600 Americans every year; and yet it can be prevented. In 2016, OSHA put in place a new regulation with the goal of protecting operators exposed to Silica. The first enforcement of this regulation started September 23, 2017 with the Occupational Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica standard §1926.1153 for Construction.
Safety is at the heart of Metabo's value, along side Performance, Quality and Innovation. Unique features such as the mechanical safety slip clutch (found on every Metabo professional grinder and rotary hammer), the mechanical brake, the Autobalancer, etc. demonstrate our commitment to safety and innovations that matter. For many years, Metabo has developed dust free systems to protect the users of our tools, long before compliance was required. Today, Metabo offers among the most comprehensive solutions to comply with the new OSHA standard both under Table 1 compliance and using Objective Data.
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