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This analysis covers the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) general industry and construction industry standards for respirable crystalline silica. Specifically, the analysis covers the permissible exposure limit (PEL), action level for exposure to silica, methods of compliance, medical surveillance program, recordkeeping, and employee training. The purpose of the rules is to significantly reduce the amount of silica dust that workers can be exposed to on the job. That means that employers have to implement controls and work practices that reduce workers’ exposure to silica dust.
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Final Rules 29 CFR 1910, 1915, and 1926 - Occupational Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica 03/25/2016National
Final Rules 29 CFR 1910, 1915, and 1926 - Occupational Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica--Correction 05/18/2016National
Final Rules 29 CFR 1910, 1915, and 1926 - Occupational Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica; Approval of Collections of Information 07/26/2016National
News Breaking: OSHA delays enforcing silica standard in construction 04/06/2017National
Toolbox Talks Crystalline silica: Controlling silica dust in construction  National
News EHS on Tap: E17 What’s Next for OSHA’s Controversial Silica Rule? 02/22/2017National
Questions & Answers For the new 1926.1153 silica standard, Table 1 gives specific methods for controlling the dust. The work practice that they give includes using an integrated water delivery system while cutting concrete. Would a garden sprayer work as effectively? 05/24/2017National
Questions & Answers If a respirator protection plan is required due to an air sampling for silica dust being above the action level, can I only offer P95-P100 'dust masks'? 08/03/2016National
Questions & Answers Is there any distinct prohibition against the use of compressed air, where the use of that air is thought to be the "only" way to clean silica containing dusts off surfaces, or accomplish the end production result? 06/16/2017National
Guidance Documents OSHA's crystalline silica rule: Construction  National
Guidance Documents OSHA's crystalline silica rule: General industry and maritime  National
Speaker's Notes OSHA's Final Rule on Crystalline Silica: Understanding the Impact, Minimizing Exposure, and Ensuring Compliance  National
Handouts Preventing Silicosis (PDF)  National
Quizzes Preventing Silicosis (PDF)  National
Handouts Preventing Silicosis (PDF) -- Spanish  National
Quizzes Preventing Silicosis (PDF) -- Spanish  National
Trainer's Outlines Preventing Silicosis (PDF) [7-Minute Safety Trainer] (short outline)  National
Audio Presentations Respirable Crystalline Silica in Construction: Preventing Exposure  National
PowerPoints Respirable Crystalline Silica in Construction: Preventing Exposure  National
Speaker's Notes Respirable Crystalline Silica in Construction: Preventing Exposure  National
Handouts Respirable Crystalline Silica in Construction: Preventing Exposure  National
Quizzes Respirable Crystalline Silica in Construction: Preventing Exposure  National
Trainer's Guides Respirable Crystalline Silica in Construction: Preventing Exposure  National
Training Exercises Respirable Crystalline Silica in Construction: Preventing Exposure (Exercise 1)  National
Training Exercises Respirable Crystalline Silica in Construction: Preventing Exposure (Exercise 2)  National
Regulatory Analysis Silica  National
Employee News Articles Silica Dust Solutions  National
Plans Silica written exposure control plan  National
Quizzes The Hazards of Crystalline Silica (PDF)  National
Handouts The Hazards of Crystalline Silica (PDF)  National
Quizzes The Hazards of Crystalline Silica (PDF) -- Spanish  National
Handouts The Hazards of Crystalline Silica (PDF) -- Spanish  National
Trainer's Outlines The Hazards of Crystalline Silica (PDF) [7-Minute Safety Trainer] (short outline)  National
On-Demand Webinars Webinar [2016-04]: OSHA's Final Rule on Crystalline Silica: Understanding the Impact, Minimizing Exposure, and Ensuring Compliance  National
Speaker's Notes Webinar [2016-10]: Countdown to Compliance Under OSHA’s Final Silica Rule: Best Practices for Developing a Written Exposure Control Plan  National
On-Demand Webinars Webinar [2016-10]: Countdown to Compliance Under OSHA’s Final Silica Rule: Best Practices for Developing a Written Exposure Control Plan  National
Questions & Answers Where can I find a list of all CAS numbers that correspond to the final ruling on Crystalline Silica for general industry? I notice new exposure levels are talked about but not linked to a chemical/CAS #. 10/03/2016National
Quizzes Working Safely with Silica (7-Minute Safety Trainer)  National
Handouts Working Safely with Silica (7-Minute Safety Trainer)  National
7 Minute Safety Trainer Working Safely with Silica (outline)  National
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