OSHA ANNOUNCES FINAL SILICA RULE – WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOU?

  After many years in the making, OSHA announced today its highly anticipated but also controversial final Silica rule. This new rule brings worker health protection against silicosis and other silica-related diseases into the 21st century by replacing its 45 year old outdated permissible exposure limit (PEL).  Long time coming – but congratulations to OSHA for its hard work in pushing this into law. Here at SGS Galson, we welcome the new rule and are ready to serve and assist our clients in coming into compliance with the new rule. We have anticipated and prepared for this new rule and are ready to serve you. We currently meet all the new laboratory qualifications and are ready to help. There are many new provisions to the standard that will impact the Industry and could affect 2.3 million workers of which 2 million work in construction.  The new rule is actually two new standards. One for General Industry and Maritime, and the other for Construction.  Although there are two separate standards, there is a great deal of overlap in the requirements. The highlights for each new standard: Construction Small-business employers can use specified dust control methods in lieu of sampling Must have a written exposure plan Defined housekeeping practices Offer medical exams Train workers Keep records New PEL (8 hour TWA) is 50 ug/m3 of crystalline silica (all 3 polymorphs) New action level is 25 ug/m3 Timeline for implementation – employers have until June 23, 2017 –except for laboratory qualifications Laboratory Qualifications: Implemented by June 23, 2018 Evaluates all samples using the procedures specified in one of the following analytical methods: OSHA...

YOUR LOCAL, GLOBAL LAB