A Breath of Fresh Air from OSHA

September 23, 2017 - OSHA begins enforcemet of the respirable crystalline silica standard - requires engineering controls to keep workers from breathing silica dust.

Read more at OSHA's Final Silica Rule

Work Safely with Silica - Create-A-Plan at https://www.silica-safe.org/

Key Provisions

  • Reduces the permissible exposure limit (PEL) for respirable crystalline silica to 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air, averaged over an 8-hour shift.
  • Requires employers to: use engineering controls (such as water or ventilation) to limit worker exposure to the PEL; provide respirators when engineering controls cannot adequately limit exposure; limit worker access to high exposure areas; develop a written exposure control plan, offer medical exams to highly exposed workers, and train workers on silica risks and how to limit exposures.
  • Provides medical exams to monitor highly exposed workers and gives them information about their lung health.
  • Provides flexibility to help employers — especially small businesses — protect workers from silica exposure.