U.S. Department of Labor Guidance to Ensure Uniform Enforcement of Silica Standards
Safety, Government Affairs
On: June 29, 2020 | By:
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently issued the compliance directive Inspection Procedures for the Respirable Crystalline Silica Standards, which is designed to ensure uniformity in inspection and enforcement procedures when addressing respirable crystalline silica exposures in general industry, maritime, and construction.
The new directive provides OSHA compliance safety and health officers with guidance on how to enforce the silica standards’ requirements, including:
- Methods of compliance
- Table 1 tasks and specified exposure control methods;
- Exposure assessments;
- Respiratory protection;
- Regulated areas;
- Employee information and training;
- Medical surveillance; and
- Communication of hazards.
The directive also provides clarity on major topics, such as alternative exposure control methods when a construction employer does not fully and properly implement Table 1, variability in sampling, multi-employer situations, and temporary workers.
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