Understanding OSHA’s New Silica Rule
Some people argue that implementation will cost a lot of money due to technological limitations and that measuring this exposure limit is almost impossible. However, this is not the only part of the examinations required in the OSHA silica standard you must adhere to.
- Write a plan explaining how you will control the exposure
- Designate who will implement your plan and record silica exposure and any employees’ medical treatment due to such exposure
- Provide employees who wear a respirator for at least 30 days because they are exposed to silica dust a medical exam including lung-function tests and chest X-rays every three years
- Train all employees on good housekeeping practices to control silica (e.g. wearing respirators, using a wet saw to wet the work area, using a vacuum to reduce the dust’s volume)