Construction Safety Update: Crystalline Silica Standard

Recently a memo was released from Thomas Galassi, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary, regarding the enforcement of the new Silica Regulatory Standard which became enforceable on September 23, 2017 in the construction industry.

You can find the memo here-
https://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=INTERPRETATIONS&p_id=31292

In summary, OSHA will take into consideration all good faith efforts taken by contractors to attempt to meet the new requirements.  OSHA will work with employers to ensure the use of all aspects of the Table 1 requirements in the field and provide guidance as needed to reach full compliance with the standard.  OSHA will only pursue citations if it appears that the employer is not taking efforts to implement controls.

For any questions or concerns regarding compliance with this silica standard please contact J.W. Terrill’s Loss Control Department at: losscontrol@jwterrill.com.

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