OSHA’s Silica Rule Deadline Approaches

After a three-month delay, OSHA’s new silica standard for construction is scheduled to go into effect September 23, 2017. What will this more stringent standard mean to your construction business?

Exposure to respirable crystalline silica, found in the dust created by cutting, grinding, or blasting concrete and other materials, can cause silicosis, lung cancer, and other respiratory diseases. OSHA’s new standard significantly reduces the permissible exposure limit by 80%, from approximately 250 micrograms per cubic meter to only 50. Those found to be out of compliance are subject to a maximum fine of $12,675 initial fine and up to $126,749 for repeated or willful violations.

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