COVID-19 Statement

Updated 3/23/2020 at 11:35am

At Midland Tool & Supply, the safety and health of our customers, vendors, and employees are our top priorities.  That being said, we want to briefly outline the actions we have taken in response to the spread of COVID-19, based upon recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as state and federal orders.

First and foremost, we want to ensure our customers that the Oak Park, Michigan and Calumet City, Illinois Midland Tool & Supply and Superior Tool Rental & Repair locations will remain open for normal business hours – even during each state’s suspension of activities – so that you can continue to rely on us for supplies and services you need for essential operations.

While Michigan and Illinois have both issued us to “Stay at Home,” certain businesses identified as “essential” are permitted to continue operations.  By each state’s definition, Midland Tool & Supply and Superior Tool Rental & Repair are considered essential businesses because we supply other essential businesses.  Please refer to each state’s executive order, outlining the definition of an essential business for more information on our decision:

To ensure a safe operational environment for our customers, vendors, and employees, we have:

  • Limited on-site office, warehouse, rental and repair personnel, per state/federal guidelines.
  • Provided COVID-19 specific personal hygiene and workplace cleanliness directives for all staff members
  • Enforced social distancing guidelines for all on-site staff
  • Eliminated all non-essential business travel
  • Implemented a new visitor policy to limit guests in our facilities. If you are scheduled to visit one of our facilities, you will be asked to postpone, cancel or meet virtually.
  • Expanded our already thorough facility and vehicle cleaning process

We recognize that this situation is unpredictable and fast-moving.  Our COVID-19 response will remain swift and adaptable, in order to maintain alignment with the CDC, as well as State and Federal orders.

OSHA’s New Crystalline Silica Rule

 

WHEN DOES THE NEW SILICA RULE TAKE EFFECT?
Saturday, September 23rd

WHAT IS CRYSTALLINE SILICA?
Crystalline silica is an industrial material found abundantly in the earth’s crust. Quartz – the most common form of silica – is a component of sand, stone, rock, concrete, brick, block, and mortar. Materials containing quartz are found in a variety of workplaces.

HOW CAN EXPOSURE TO CRYSTALLINE SILICA AFFECT WORKERS’ HEALTH?
Silica dust is hazardous when very small (respirable) particles are inhaled. These
respirable dust particles can penetrate deep into the lungs and cause disabling and sometimes fatal lung diseases, including silicosis. lung cancer, and kidney disease.

HOW DOES EXPOSURE TO CRYSTALLINE SILICA OCCUR?
Occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica occurs when cutting, sawing, drilling, and crushing of concrete, brick, ceramic tiles, rock, and stone products. Occupational exposure also occurs in operations that process or use large quantities of sand, such as foundries and the glass, pottery and concrete products industries. OSHA estimates that more than 2.3 million workers in the United States are potentially exposed to dust containing crystalline silica with nearly 90% of those workers employed in the construction industry.

WHAT INDUSTRIES AND OPERATIONS RISK EXPOSURE?
Exposure to respirable crystalline silica (RCS) can occur during common construction tasks, such as: when using masonry saws, grinders, drills, jackhammers and hand held powered chipping tools; when operating vehicle-mounted drilling rigs or crushing machines; milling; when using heavy equipment for demolition.

WHAT DOES THE STANDARD REQUIRE?
The standard requires employers to limit worker exposures to RCS and to take other steps to protect workers, such as providing HEPA vacuums, dust extraction, eye protection and respirators.

Reference:

“United States Department of Labor.” Occupational Safety and Health Administration, www.osha.gov/dsg/topics/silicacrystalline/. Accessed 18 Sept. 2017.