OSHA ANNOUNCES FINAL RULE ON SILICA DUST

John M. Williams (williams@rwktlaw.com)

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced its final rule on respirable silica aimed at protecting American workers from harmful exposure to silica. Crystalline silica has been linked to lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and other serious health issues.

The final rule is a two-part regulation, one aimed at construction and the other at general industry and maritime. The rule calls for implementation of new engineering controls and a reduction in permissible exposure limits with staggered compliance dates. For more details, see OSHA's website.

Employers should become familiar with the new requirements and prepare plans to meet the applicable compliance deadlines.

¬©RAJKOVICH, WILLIAMS, KILPATRICK & TRUE, PLLC 2016 

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