OSHA has issued a memorandum on the enforcement launch for the Respirable Crystalline Silica standard for general industry and maritime. Most provisions of standard become enforceable on June 23, 2018.
The standard establishes a new 8-hour time-weighted average (TWA) permissible exposure limit (PEL) of 50 µg/m3, an action level (AL) of 25 µg/m3, and associated ancillary requirements.
The enforcement memorandum states that during the first 30 days of enforcement, OSHA will assist employers that are making good faith efforts to meet the new standard's requirements. If upon inspection, it appears an employer is not making any efforts to comply, compliance officers will conduct air monitoring in accordance with Agency procedures, and consider citations for noncompliance with any applicable sections of the new standard.
More information concerning OSHA’s Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard can be found on the OSHA Website
Contact ISRI Vice President of Safety Terry Cirone
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