OSHA ALERT: Silica - Final Rule
On March 25, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule regarding respirable crystalline silica. Under this rule, employers will be subject to new standards for protecting workers. The rule became effective on June 23, 2016, but employers in the construction industry had until Sept. 23, 2017, to comply with the rule.
GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR COVERED EMPLOYERS
Under both standards, employers subject to OSHA's final rule must:
Implement engineering and work-practice control measures;
Establish and implement a written exposure plan;
Restrict housekeeping practices that expose workers to silica;
Offer medical exams to workers who are exposed to silica;
Train workers on operations that result in silica exposure and on ways to limit exposure; and
Keep records of workers' silica exposure and medical exams.
Employers in the construction industry must also designate a competent person to implement their written exposure control plans.
Each Employee/Employer may have various exposures to Crystalline Silica based on your firm's scope of work. The attached is not intended to be all inclusive but a guidepost for discussion purposes.