Presentation Title

OSHA’s Silica Standards: An Overview

About the Presentation

Silicosis is a serious lung disease caused by employee exposures to respirable dust containing crystalline silica.  The presentation will review illness incidence, past and present, as well as review the OSHA General Industry and Construction Standards to reduce employee exposure to silica containing dusts.  The presentation will address the lower permissible exposure limits along with engineering controls, work practices controls, respiratory protection, medical surveillance, and other requirements of both standards. 

The Presenters
Chrysoula J. Komis, Ph.D., CIH, CSP, CHMM, CPEA, FAIHA, Senior Scientist, Colden Corporation
Presenter Biography

Chrysoula Komis, Ph.D., CIH, CSP, CHMM, CPEA, FAIHA, has 39 years of occupational health and safety experience.  She started her career with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and later joined the Colden Corporation as a consultant specializing in industrial hygiene, OSHA compliance, Voluntary Protection Programs (VPPs), hazard assessments, biosafety, and safety and health auditing.  Dr. Komis holds a doctorate in industrial hygiene and toxicology and a master of science in industrial hygiene from Drexel University.  She earned a bachelor of science in environmental science and biology from Marist College.  She is a Certified Industrial Hygienist, a Certified Safety Professional, a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager, and a Certified Professional Environmental Auditor. She is an adjunct professor at Temple University in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Health at Drexel University.  She is also a Fellow of the American Industrial Hygiene Association.



Curtiss Wittman, MS, CIH, CSP, Senior Consultant, Colden Corporation

Presenter Biography

Curtiss Wittman, MS, CIH, CSP, offers 30 years of occupational health and safety experience. Mr. Wittman’s career includes: insurance safety and health with an emphasis on ergonomics assessments and loss reduction; consulting and directing the safety and health programs at electrical contractors, heavy highway construction, multi-story building construction and gas utilities.  As an industrial hygiene and safety consultant with Colden Corporation, Mr. Wittman works with clients to achieve regulatory compliance and best practice excellence using his successful, “Safety Integrity” approach. Mr. Wittman is a dynamic and passionate safety and health speaker. His training authorizations include: 10/30 hour Construction Outreach instructor, and Basic/Core SafeLand/SafeGulf instructor. Mr. Wittman is a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) and a Certified Safety Professional (CSP). Mr. Wittman earned a Master of Science in Environmental Health from Temple University and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from SUNY - Utica. Mr. Wittman is a commercial pilot and a flight instructor, which has significantly honed his Effective Safety Communication presentations. Mr. Wittman is also a Smith System Defensive Driver Instructor.