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Enforcement of OSHA’s New Silica Standard Begins September 23rd. Are You Ready?

Here are some of the key provisions in the new standard:

  • A much lower permissible exposure limit for workers
  • Two different compliance options, one of which doesn’t require air sampling if followed correctly
  • Mandatory use of engineering controls to reduce exposures
  • New medical surveillance, worker training, respirator use and competent person requirements
  • Prohibitions on common work practices such as dry sweeping

If you’re a LIUNA signatory contractor and don’t already have a plan in place to comply with the silica standard, the LHSFNA’s OSH Division is here to help. Contact the Fund at 202-628-5465 for help reviewing your current program or for more information.

The Fund also offers the following silica-related publications that can help LIUNA Local Unions, training centers, signatory contractors and members learn about the hazards of silica and take steps to reduce exposures.

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