Oct 4, 2017

OSHA’s Enforcement of the Respirable Crystalline Silica in Construction Standard: What to Expect

OSHA's Silica Exposure Standard

On September 23, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) began enforcement of the new respirable crystalline silica in construction standard, codified at 29 CFR § 1926.1153. This standard establishes a new 8-hour time-weighted average Permissible Exposure Limit (“PEL”) of 50 μg/m3, an action level of 25 μg/m3, and a “host of ancillary requirements.” In a recent letter of interpretation, Thomas Galassi, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary to OSHA Regional Administrators, announced that for the first thirty (30) days of enforcement, “OSHA will carefully evaluate good faith efforts taken by employers in their attempts to meet the new construction silica standard.”… Read more