OSHA Offers FAQs on Respirable Crystalline Silica

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has posted frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding the new standard for respirable crystalline silica in general industry.

These FAQs provide guidance to employers and workers regarding the standard’s requirements. A short introductory paragraph is included for each group of questions and answers to provide background information about the underlying regulatory requirements. The sixty-four FAQs are organized by the following topics:

  • Scope and application
  • Definitions
  • Exposure assessments
  • Regulated areas
  • Methods of compliance
  • Written exposure control plan
  • Housekeeping
  • Medical surveillance
  • Communication of respirable crystalline silica hazards to employees
  • Recordkeeping
  • Temporary employees


They are also available in PDF format.

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