OSHA consults industry on silica standard refinements

Dive Brief:

  • OSHA is seeking industry input on its respirable crystalline silica standard for construction and is taking comments until Oct. 15.
  • Specifically, OSHA would like information on the effectiveness of work practice and engineering controls that limit worker exposure to respirable silica, as well as tasks and equipment related to silica exposure that are not currently included in Table 1 of the standard.
  • OSHA is also asking for information and comments as to whether there are potential scenarios when general industry and maritime employers that are already covered by silica standards for those industries should comply with the silica standard for construction. In addition to requesting information and comments, the agency is also asking for exposure data that could help it determine whether it should revise the standards.

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