Short delay in new silica standard
Construction silica standards changing soon
OSHA has finalized new standards reducing crystalline silica with the construction industry standard scheduled to go into effect soon. Enforcement of the construction industry standard was originally set for June, but is now scheduled to begin on Sept. 23. OSHA has been using the interim time to conduct additional outreach, providing educational materials and guidance for employers.
In pushing back the enforcement date, OSHA acknowledged the unique nature of the requirements in the construction industry. Here’s a guide of requirements for all construction employers, regardless of exposure control methods used:
- Establish and implement a written exposure control plan
- Restrict practices that expose workers to silica where feasible alternatives are available
- Designate a competent person to implement the written exposure control plan
- Offer medical exams for workers who are required to wear a respirator for 30 or more days per year
- Train workers on work operations that result in silica exposure and ways to limit exposure
- Keep records of workers’ silica exposure and medical exams
Sanford OccMed can provide exposure measurements, medical examinations and general education on the new silica rule. Our compliance solutions include:
- Exposure monitoring
- Continuing job hazard analysis
- Written program development
- Respirator-fit testing
Call (888) 600-2378 to speak with an OccMed industrial hygienist for more information.
General industry and maritime enforcement is scheduled to begin June 23, 2018.