OSHA Offers Compliance Guide for Silica Rule

by Kacey Larsen

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released a Small Entity Compliance Guide for Construction. Intended to help small business employers comply with the agency’s Final Rule to protect workers from exposure to respirable crystalline silica. The guide aims to describe the steps employers in construction are required to take in easy to understand language.

Items covered include: providing respiratory protection when required; restricting silica exposure from housekeeping practices where feasible; implementing a written exposure control plan; offering medical exams to workers who will need to wear a respirator for 30 or more days a year; communicating hazards and train employees; and keeping record of medical examinations.

Enforcement of the final rule in construction is due to begin June 23, 2017. Find the Small Entity Compliance Guide for Construction here

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