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OSHA & Silica

OSHA’s Final Rule to Protect Workers from Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica 


ANSWERS TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

OSHA recently enacted a new rule regarding silica exposure and new permissible exposure limits (PEL) for an 8-hour shift.  In enacting this new rule, OSHA has created certain requirements that all employers must meet to be in compliance with the new regulation.  This link provides information about the new PEL as well as the employer requirements. 




When does OSHA’s new Silica Rule go into effect?

The standards contained in the final rule went into effect on June 23, 2016. The schedule for mandatory compliance is as follows: 

Construction Industry:  September 23, 2017. (Enforcement was initially scheduled for June 23, 2017, but was delayed by OSHA in order to conduct additional outreach and provide educational materials to employers.) 

General Industry and Maritime: June 23, 2018.

Hydraulic Fracturing: June 23, 2018, with the exception of Engineering Controls, which have a compliance date of June 23, 2021.




Where can I find additional resources and information?