Energy Corridor Section Meeting

Posted: Dec 14, 2017

  • Energy Corridor Section Meeting
    February 8, 2018
    11:00 am - 1:00 pm


11:00am – 11:30am Lunch* (provided by Airgas; you MUST RSVP below.)
11:30am – 11:50pm Safety review, introductions
11:50pm – 12:15pm Old & new business (previous minutes are posted to ECS web page)
12:15pm – 1:00pm Technical Topic

Technical Topic: Respirable Silica Rules
According to OSHA, silica exposure presents a serious threat to nearly 2 million U.S. workers. To better protect workers exposed to respirable crystalline silica, OSHA has issued two new respirable crystalline silica standards: one for construction, and the other for general industry and maritime. OSHA began enforcing most provisions of the standard for construction on September 23, 2017, and will begin enforcing most provisions of the standard for general industry and maritime on June 23, 2018. (

This presentation will give a broad overview of silica hazards and their management, particularly from the perspective of changing regulatory requirements.


Karen Cuta, CIH
Global Safety Training Manager, 3M Personal Safety Division

Karen leads the 3M PSD’s training and educational curriculum development initiative which launched in 2017 a new instructor-led construction silica competent person course. Her 17+ years of experience at 3M include technical training and education, product development, technical product support, business strategy development, and management. Karen is a certified industrial hygienist. Her academic background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and a Masters of Science Degree in Environmental and Occupational Health from the University of Minnesota.

The meeting will be held in the Thoroughbred Events Room – 17420 Katy Freeway.  The building entrance is on Park Row, and the parking is a surfaced lot off of Park Row.

Airgas has graciously offered to provide lunch for meeting attendees, so please use the RSVP button to let us know if you will attend. This will allow us to order enough lunches.


Please contact David Drake, Membership Chair, with questions:



17420 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas, 77094, United States