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OSHA Outlines Enforcement of Silica Rule

OSHA has released a memoradum outlining the provisions of its respirable crystalline silica in general industry and maritime standard. 

The standard’s provisions, which will be enforceable beginning June 23, establish a new 8-hour time-weighted average permissible exposure limit, action level and associated ancillary requirements.

The agency will offer compliance assistance during the first 40 days of enforcement and will continue to issue interim enforcement guidance until a compliance directive on the new standards is finalized.

OSHA’s Small Entity Compliance Guide for the Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard for General Industry and Maritime discusses methods of compliance, such as using engineering and work practice controls, assessing exposure levels, respirator use, medical surveillance and written exposure plans.

Source: EHS Today