What does the new Silica Rule mean for you and business? We'll discuss it here:
OSHA’s issued the new Respirable Silica standard will be enforced on June 23, 2017 for the construction industry. This presentation will discuss the key points to the new standards such as the implementation dates, new exposure limits, medical surveillance, and engineering controls. Engineering controls have evolved tremendously in the past years. We will discuss how the construction employer can comply with the exposure assessment and PEL (permissible exposure limit) through the combination of engineering controls and respiratory protection. The respiratory protection program requirements will be reviewed also.
Learn more. Join us with an OSHA representative on the following dates:
Eau Claire - Monday, Feb 13
La Crosse - Tuesday, Feb 14
Madison - Wednesday, Feb 15
Appleton - Thursday, Feb 16
Wausau - Friday, Feb 17
7:30 – 9:00 am with time for Q&A.
Classes are FREE. Registration is required. Space is limited.
Please note: This is an OSHA informational training session and is not an OSHA credited class.
Learn More Below:
OSHA's Final Rule to Protect Workers from Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica
What does the new Silica Rule mean for you? Find out here.
Employers can either use a control method laid out in Table 1* of the construction standard, or they can measure workers’ exposure to silica and independently decide which dust controls work best to limit exposures to the Permissible Exposure Level (PEL) in their workplaces.
- Construction: June 23, 2017
- General Industry and Maritime: June 23, 2018
- Hydraulic Fracturing: June 23, 2018
The Standards Necessary Requirements
- Establish and implement a written exposure control plan that identifies tasks that involve exposure and methods used to protect workers, including procedures to restrict access to work areas where high exposures may occur.
- Designate a competent person to implement the written exposure control plan.
- Restrict practices that expose workers to silica where feasible alternatives are available.
- Offer medical exams—including chest X-rays and lung function tests—every three years for workers who are required by the standard to wear a respirator for 30 or more days per year.
- Train workers on work operations that result in silica exposure and ways to limit exposure.
- Keep records of workers’ silica exposure and medical exams.
Exposure Control Specifications
- Measure the amount of silica that workers are exposed to if it may be at or above an action level of 25 μg/m3 (micrograms of silica per cubic meter of air), averaged over an eight hour day.
- Protect workers from respirable crystalline silica exposures above the permissible exposure limit of 50 μg/m3, averaged over an eight-hour day.
Where the Standard Does Not Apply
The standard does not apply where exposure will remain low under any foreseeable condition; for example, when only performing tasks such as mixing mortar; pouring concrete footers, slab foundation and foundation walls; and removing concrete form work.
Additional information on OSHA’s silica rule can be found at
To locate the OSHA On-site Consultation Program nearest you, call 1-800-321-OSHA (6742).
OSHA Silica Exposure Calculator