New and Revised Fact Sheets on Silica Now Available
OSHA has released more than a dozen fact sheets that provide guidance on the respirable crystalline silica standard for construction. One fact sheet is an overview of the silica standard. The other fact sheets provide employers with information on how to fully and properly implement controls, work practices, and if needed, respiratory protection for each of the 18 tasks listed in Table 1 — Specified Exposure Control Methods under the standard.
Rule requires engineering controls to keep workers from breathing silica dust
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule to curb lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease in America's workers by limiting their exposure to respirable crystalline silica. The rule is comprised of two standards, one for Construction and one for General Industry and Maritime.
There are twenty-eight OSHA-approved State Plans, operating state-wide occupational safety and health programs. State Plans are required to have standards and enforcement programs that are at least as effective as OSHA's and may have different or more stringent requirements.
- OSHA’s Crystalline Silica Rule: Construction
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Controlling Silica Dust in Construction
- Table 1: Specified Exposure Control Methods When Working With Materials Containing Crystalline Silica
- Small Entity Compliance Guide
- Occupational Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica; Final Rule
OSHA Silica Rule Change – Overview for the Natural Stone Industry
What Contractors Need to Know about Silica - Mason Contractors Association of America