OSHA’s New Silica Rules

OSHA’s New Silica Rule

You may or may not know that on September 23rd, OSHA’s new regulations regarding the exposure to silica in the workplace took effect.

What is Required of Your Company?

Under these new regulations companies are required to provide adequate controls (water or ventilation) to limit exposure to silica dust.

Even though enforcement started September 23rd, OSHA is offering compliance assistance to employers making good faith efforts to comply during the first 30 days. Small businesses trying to determine whether or not there are hazards at their worksites and wanting to correct identified hazards can contact OSHA’s free and confidential On-Site Consultation Program.

For more information on OSHA’s silica rule.

Washington State’s Department of Labor and Industries also published a presentation on the new silica rules. See it here.

L & I’s Silica Rules