OSHA Issues Guidance to Ensure Uniform Enforcement of Silica Standards
June 26, 2020
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a compliance directive 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 the following:
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.
OSHA began enforcing most provisions of the construction standard in September 2017, with enforcement of the requirements for sample analysis starting in June 2018.