OSHA delays enforcing crystalline silica standard in construction industry

Enforcement will begin Sept. 23, three months later than planned. 

April 17, 2017 |

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will delay enforcement of the crystalline silica standard that applies to the construction industry.

The agency says that additional guidance is necessary due to the unique nature of the requirements in the construction standard. It will conduct additional outreach and provide educational materials and guidance for employers.

Originally scheduled to begin June 23, 2017, enforcement will now begin Sept. 23, 2017. OSHA expects employers in the construction industry to continue to “take steps either to come into compliance with the new permissible exposure limit, or to implement specific dust controls for certain operations as provided in Table 1 of the standard.”

Construction employers should also continue to prepare to implement the standard’s other requirements, including exposure assessment, medical surveillance and employee training.

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