OSHA Issues Final Rule on Silica Standards


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OSHA has released its final rule prescribing the regulations and effective dates for its new regulations on exposure to respirable crystalline silica.  Silica dust—which workers may be exposed to by breathing in dust produced by drilling, cutting, crushing or grinding silica-containing materials such as stone or concrete—can cause severe health issues, such as lung cancer, silicosis, and kidney disease.  OSHA’s new measures are intended to provide better protections by limiting exposure.

Key components of the rule are as follows: