The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s new rule regarding worker exposure to respirable crystalline silica (RCS) in construction takes effect Sept. 23.
The regulation sets out new protocols for minimizing worker exposure to silica. The rule is more comprehensive than the previous rule and will require contractors to make greater compliance efforts.
The National Roofing Contractors Association has developed tools for contractors to use to comply with provisions of the regulation. Resources include a PowerPoint presentation contractors can use to facilitate a training session regarding RCS as required by the rule.
Also available are links to outside resources that may be useful for compliance assistance with equipment options, objective data compilations, industrial hygiene and laboratory needs, and plan development, along with the regulatory text of the rule.