CRYSTALLINE SILICA

Construction Employers Must Be In Full Compliance By June 23, 2017

ARE YOU IN COMPLIANCE WITH OSHA’S NEW CRYSTALLINE SILICA STANDARD?

OSHA has recently finalized two new crystalline silica standards: one for general industry and maritime (29 CFR 1910.1053), and the other for construction (29 CFR 1926.1153). The rule significantly reduces the amount of silica dust that workers can be exposed to on the job.

This regulation has significant requirements that should be evaluated in time to comply by June 23, 2017 (Construction Industry) and June 23, 2018 (General Industry and Maritime).

Regardless of which exposure control methods are used, all construction employers are required to:

Establish and implement a written exposure control plan
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 for workers who are required 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

GFA offers a comprehensive range of health and safety services, including OSHA compliance audits, job hazard analysis, industrial hygiene services, health and safety program development, and health and safety training.  Our Certified Industrial Hygienists have over 20 years’ experience assisting government and commercial clients with employee exposure monitoring and OSHA chemical-specific standard compliance.

GFA’s Silica Compliance Solutions Include:

Exposure Monitoring
Job Hazard Analysis
Written Program Development
Respirator Fit Testing
Training

GFA International, Inc. has been assisting clients in all aspects of environmental testing and compliance response actions for our clients since 1988.  Our Certified Industrial Hygienists are on hand to discuss your needs today!