In a Department of Labor January 23rd press release, after consulting with both Union & Industry stakeholders OSHA published a list of Frequently Asked Questions as it relates to the respirable crystalline silica standard for the general industry. The FAQ is organized by topic providing advisory to employers and works on the standard’s requirements including exposure assessment, hazard communication and various methods of compliance. They frame the FAQ into 64 questions & answers. To access the FAQ simply CLICK HERE.
Crystalline silica is a carcinogen found in sand, stone, and artificial stone. It can cause silicosis which involves the scarring of lungs. According to OSHA 2.3 million works are exposed to silica dust each year which is why they first published the rile March 25, 2016. Further OSHA released a set of compliance assistance resources in August of 2018 which can be found HERE.