The deadline to comply with OSHA Silica Rule has come and gone, but it’s not too late to take action!
OSHA began enforcing the new silica standard on September 23, 2017, which specifies that employers are mandated to limit worker exposure to respirable crystalline silica dust. This means reducing the permissible exposure limit of silica dust to 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air averaged over an eight hour shift. In order to make sure that your company adheres to OSHA’s standards, there a few actions that you can still take:
- Read and understand the OSHA Rule Fact Sheet:
- Familiarize yourself with your company’s methods of controlling dust.
- Create an exposure plan that involves methods used to protect workers. This plan should include procedures to regulate access to work areas where high exposures might occur.
- Restrict practices exposing workers to silica dust if feasible alternatives are available.
- Train workers on work operations that result in silica dust exposure and ways to limit exposure.
- Offer medical exams every three years for workers who are required by standard to wear a respirator for 30 or more days per year.
- Keep records of exposure measurements, objective data and medical exams.
Here at Esch, we are glad to be a resource in understanding and complying with this rule. For further information and assistance check out these websites:
- Overview of the OSHA Silica Rule
- Table 1
- OSHA Small Entity Compliance Guidehttps://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3902.pdf
- Create-a-Plan to Control the Dust
- Air Sampling documents
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