OSHA to Delay Enforcing Crystalline Silica Standard in Construction Industry

OSHA announced a delay in enforcement of the crystalline silica standard that applies to construction, in order for additional outreach and to offer educational materials and guidance for employers. 

It was originally scheduled to begin June 23, 2017, but has been postponed until September 23, 2017.

OSHA expects construction industry employers to continue to take steps either to come into compliance with the new permissible exposure limit, or to implement specific dust controls for certain operations, as provided in the standard. Construction employers should also continue to prepare to implement the standard’s other requirements, including exposure assessment, medical surveillance, and employee training.

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