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Final Ruling From OSHA on Respirable Crystalline Silica

Final Ruling From OSHA on Respirable Crystalline Silica

OSHA has announced its final rule concerning worker protection from respirable silica dust.

According to the OSHA website:

OSHA estimates that the rule will save over 600 lives and prevent more than 900 new cases of silicosis each year, once its effects are fully realized. The Final Rule is projected to provide net benefits of about $7.7 billion, annually.

About 2.3 million workers are exposed to respirable crystalline silica in their workplaces, including 2 million construction workers who drill, cut, crush, or grind silica-containing materials such as concrete and stone, and 300,000 workers in general industry operations such as brick manufacturing, foundries, and hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking. Responsible employers have been protecting workers from harmful exposure to respirable crystalline silica for years, using widely-available equipment that controls dust with water or a vacuum system.

Key Provisions

Compliance Schedule

Both standards contained in the final rule take effect on June 23, 2016, after which industries have one to five years to comply with most requirements, based on the following schedule:

Need to train your employees on silica safety awareness? Summit offers both an online and in-class course to provide important information on silica hazards and best practices to use to help avoid dangerous exposure to crystalline silica. These programs discuss:

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