Crystalline Silica

OSHA has issued new standards to protect workers from exposure to respirable crystalline silica. This regulation applies to the following industries:

If your employees work in these industries and are exposed to crystalline silica, here’s what you need to know to ensure compliance before the June 23, 2018 general industry and maritime deadline. 

Silica Rule Rundown: Why is OSHA issuing new standards?

OSHA created these standards to better protect workers who are exposed to crystalline silica. The existing permissible exposure limit (PEL) for crystalline silica no longer protects workers adequately as it is:

As a result, OSHA is updating the regulations to reflect today’s realities.

Construction Compliance Requirements

The new rule requires construction organizations to augment their existing business operations with controls to better protect their employees against crystalline silica exposure. Companies must:

General Industry & Maritime Compliance Requirements

The new rule requires organizations to augment their existing business operations with controls to better protect their employees against crystalline silica exposure. Companies must:

Crystalline Silica Standard: What’s the Impact?

This regulation is predicted to impact the following:

Countdown to Crystalline Silica Compliance

The rule first went into effect on June 23, 2016, after which all industries have one to five years to comply.

Construction organizations had to comply with the standard’s requirements by September 23, 2017 (except requirements for exposure samples’ lab evaluation, which will begin June 23, 2018).

General Industry & Maritime organizations must comply with the standard’s requirements by June 23, 2018, with several exceptions listed below. Until this date, these employers must limit employee exposure to respirable crystalline silica to the previous PELs:

Medical surveillance must be offered to employees who will be exposed above the PEL for 30 or more days a year starting on June 23, 2018, and to employees who will be exposed at or above the action level for 30 or more days a year starting on June 23, 2020.

The oil and gas industry’s hydraulic fracturing operations must implement engineering controls to limit exposures to the new PEL by June 23, 2021.

Next Steps

It’s critical to comply with OSHA guidelines to keep your employees safe and ensure compliance.  Check out the 90-second video below to see how Cority’s Industrial Hygiene solution can help:

*As defined by OSHA