As of 23 October 2017, OSHA is fully enforcing the Crystalline Silica in Construction Standard. The Crystalline Silica standard became effective on 23 September 2017, with a 30-day grace period provided by OSHA. That grace-period is over and construction employers must now fully comply with the requirements of the silica standard or they risk being cited, regardless of their efforts to comply.
OSHA’s Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary issued interim guidance to Regional Administrators and will follow up with additional guidance. OSHA also reiterated that the compliance deadline for General Industry, Maritime and Hydraulic Fracturing will remain 23 June 23 2018.
Requirements include a written program, identification of tasks that create exposure, air-monitoring for many of these tasks, employee training, medical surveillance for employees, HAZCOM program and respiratory protection program updates and other critical items.
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