Final Silica Rule Crystallizes

Capital Safety Services looks at new OSHA respirable silica rule


On March 25, 2016,OSHA published its long-awaited final ruling on the standards for respirable crystalline silica. There’s mixed reaction to the standard. One thing for sure, in order to comply, businesses will need increased monitoring and medical surveillance. Some say that the expectations are not reasonable while others say it's long overdue.



Here's the highlights of the 1,772 page document:


  • Reduces the permissible exposure limit for crystalline silica to 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air, averaged over an eight-hour shift.
  • Requirement to use engineering controls and work practices to limit worker exposure.
  • Provides a table of specific controls construction and other small employers can follow to be in compliance.
  • Staggers compliance dates to give employers sufficient time to meet requirements.

 If your employees are exposed to sand or dust, it might apply. The industries affected by this ruling include, construction, glass products, pottery products, concrete products, foundries, dental labs, paintings and coating, jewelry production, refractory products, refractory installation and repair, ready-mix concrete, cut stone and stone products, railroad maintenance, hydraulic fracturing for gas and ail, abrasive blasting and structural clay products.

You can find the full ruling here on the OSHA page.

How will the new rule on silica impact your business?

If you have any questions about complying with the ruling, please contact us, Capital Safety Services at (518) 427-8405.


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