OSHA's final rule on Occupational Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica covers engineering controls, protective clothing, medical surveillance and other issues. OSHA presents the rule as two standards - one for general industry and maritime and the other for construction. Highlights include:
- Mandating that employers use engineering controls and work practices to restrict worker exposure, bar access to high-exposure sites, supply respiratory protection when controls cannot curb exposures to the PEL, train employees, and offer medical exams to highly exposed workers
- Offering a table of specified controls that construction employers can follow for "greater certainty and ease of compliance" without monitoring exposure
- Allowing employers to have enough time to satisfy requirements by spacing out compliance dates
Both standards went into effect on June 23. Industries will then have one to five years to meet most requirements. The construction industry must comply by June 23, 2017.
Click here to review the final rule
or download the OSHA Fact Sheet