AS OF JUNE 23, 2018
OSHA BEGAN SILICA ENFORCEMENT FOR
GENERAL INDUSTRY AND MARITIME
OSHA Silica Dust Exposure Update
The OSHA Dust silica exposure limits are now the law for Construction sites in the USA and as of June 23rd, General Industry and Maritime (Standard 29 CFR 1910, section 1910.1053) will become effective. This includes Industrial Plant & Maintenance facilities as well. Hydraulic Fracturing enforcement will start in June 2021.
Many sites have been cited but were given windows of compliance before actual fines were issued because of the newness of these new standards. Nevertheless, some high-profile and high dollar fines have been issued since the new ruling has taken effect. These are shown below.
Because of the differences between Federal, State and Local OSHA divisions, we are receiving feedback that the relative emphasis on silica enforcement may vary from region to region. The local OSHA branch in Philadelphia, PA for example has been enforcing these new standards since the middle of 2017.
In general, we have not seen a concerted effort by OSHA specifically targeting silica compliance. OSHA rather seems to be taking a more ‘holistic’ approach to safety & compliance, meaning that silica is being addressed along with other important safety considerations like Fall Protection, Trenching Safety, Lead and Asbestos exposure. This means that as of June, 2018, not only Construction sites but Industrial Plant & Maintenance operations MUST be compliant with OSHA silica exposure limits. Those contractors or companies who willingly violate the new OSHA silica regulations can be issued Punitive Fines in addition to standard violations, so there is still a strong need for dust compliance systems.
As experts in Industrial Power Tool applications, including surface preparation, concrete cutting and scoring, your Metabo sales technician has been trained in recommending cost-effective solutions to keep end users safe and their employers compliant with all current OSHA regulations.
April 27, 2018
Employees to Asbestos and Silica During Building Renovation
Jan 3, 2018
on University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Dorm Renovation Project
The partnership will develop effective safety and health training programs and procedures; identify common construction hazards such as falls, electrical, struck-by, caught-in, silica, asbestos, lead, heat stress, crane collapse, noise, and carbon monoxide; and encourage worker participation in employer safety and health programs.