OSHA Rule on Silica
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule to curb lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease in America’s workers by limiting their exposure to respirable crystalline silica. The rule is comprised of two standards, one for Construction and one for General Industry and Maritime. Read more here – https://www.osha.gov/silica/When you click the link for the file you want, a box should appear asking if you want to open or download the file.
OSHA §1926.1153 Respirable Crystalline Silica
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This section applies to all occupational exposures to respirable crystalline silica in construction work, except where employee exposure will remain below 25 micrograms per cubic meter of air as an 8-hour time-weighted average under any foreseeable conditions.
Frequently Asked Questions: Respirable Crystalline Silica Rule
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OSHA publication - FAQs on Respirable Crystalline Silica Rule
OSHA Fact Sheet on Crystalline Silica
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Who is affected by the construction standard? About two million construction workers are exposed to respirable crystalline silica in over 600,000 workplaces. OSHA estimates that more than 840,000 of these workers are exposed to silica levels that exceed the new permissible exposure limit (PEL).
Controlling Silica Exposures in Construction - OSHA
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This guidance document addresses the control of employee exposures to respirable dust containing crystalline silica, which is known to cause silicosis, a serious lung disease, as well as increase the risk of lung cancer and other systemic diseases.