OSHA’s Silica Rule for General Industry Deadline Approaches

OSHA’s new silica standard for general industry is scheduled to go into effect June 23, 2018. What will this more stringent standard mean to your 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.

The standard (Respirable Crystalline Silica for General Industry 29 CFR 1910.1053) includes provisions for:

  • Measuring the amount of worker exposure to silica
  • Limiting employee access to high exposure areas
  • The implementation of controls to limit exposure
  • Providing medical exams for workers with high silica exposure
  • Training workers on hazards and methods of control

OSHA’s silica standard for construction has been in effect since October 2017.  It’s never too late to be in compliance.  Call today for assistance with developing a plan to mitigate silica exposure.