OSHA Issues Final Crystalline Silica Rule


On March 24, OSHA issued its final rule on Occupational Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica.  According to OSHA, the final rule is written as two standards, one for construction and one for general industry and maritime. Employers covered by the construction standard have until June 23, 2017 to comply with most requirements. Employers covered by the general industry and maritime standard have until June 23, 2018 to comply with most requirements; additional time is provided to offer medical exams to some workers and for hydraulic fracturing employers to install dust controls to meet the new exposure limit.
The press release announcing the final rule states that worker safety will be improved by:

 After a thorough examination of the final rule, IME will provide a more detailed review to the membership.