As the Occupational Health and Safety Administration has proposed a new rule for respirable crystalline silica, the Center for Risk Management will host a no-cost class explaining the rule’s effects on industry.

The class, Occupational Exposure to Crystalline Silica will be held at the Gulf Coast Safety Institute Dec. 1 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will describe OSHA's rulemaking process, summarize the public commentary on the proposed rule and explain what to expect as OSHA finalizes the rule.

After completing this class, students will understand the health effects of silica exposure, exposure-monitoring methods and methods of controlling exposure.

Michael Seymour, president of Icarus Environmental Inc., teaches this class. As the project manager for the OSHA Injury and Illness Prevention Program standard, Seymour led a large interdisciplinary team of OSHA experts in drafting the standard and developing innovative guidance products.

This class is sponsored by Texas Mutual Insurance Company and presented at the Gulf Coast Safety Institute, located at 320 Delany Rd. in La Marque.

Class check-in will begin at 7:30 a.m.

To register, contact SeAlice Hemphill at 409-933-8365 or