The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (“OSHA”) new rule for respirable crystalline silica was finalized this past Summer, while  compliance obligations under the new rule start on June 23, 2018.

The new silica rule reduces the permissible exposure level (PEL) for employees and creates many new requirements for businesses. Companies will be required to implement engineering and work practice controls which may be burdensome.   With the new rule’s requirements for engineering and work practice controls, the economic impact to businesses could be harsh if preparations are not in place.

As the deadline approaches, your construction company should not delay preparation.   The full text of the rule can be found here:

https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3681.pdf

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