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OSHA, CSDA release Best Practices

Through its alliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Concrete Sawing & Drilling Association (CSDA) released a new Best Practice entitled Hearing Conservation (CSDA-OBP-1008). In addition, CSDA has also released two additional Best Practices, Establishing and Maintaining the Work Area (CSDA-BP-011) and Mechanical Anchors (CSDA-BP-012). With the release of these three documents, the Association’s series of Standards, Specifications, Tolerances and Best Practices totals 30.

CSDA-OBP-1008 is the seventh Best Practice produced by the OSHA/CSDA Alliance. It provides employers and employees with important information about hearing conservation as noise exposure is a commonplace hazard in sawing and drilling operations. However, it is often ignored because there are no visible effects. “CSDA is constantly looking for ways to improve worker safety for concrete cutters by providing owners with industry wide safety and training aids,” says Patrick O’Brien, executive director.

CSDA’s Standards and Specifications Committee has worked with other industry experts to create two additional Best Practices on the subjects of work area maintenance and mechanical anchors. CSDA-BP-011 covers key elements like electrical safety, fire prevention and personal protective equipment—all things that should be considered when in the work area. Furthermore, it is important for operators to understand how to use mechanical anchors safely to avoid potential accidents, which is why CSDA has released CSDA-BP-012. To view these documents, visit