OSHA Delays Silica Standard Enforcement

- In an April 6 press release from the Department of Labor, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that it would delay enforcement of the crystalline silica standard in order for the administration to conduct further outreach and education.

The agency determined that the unique demands of the silica standard, which regulates the construction industry, require additional guidance for employers. Employers should, however, continue to take steps towards compliance with the standard’s exposure limits and controls and continue to prepare workplaces for the regulation’s assessment, surveillance, and training requirements.

The enforcement date has been moved from June 23, 2017, back to September 23, 2017.

Find the full silica standard here, and read OSHA’s official release online.

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