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Construction Depot

Safety and health newsletter for the Oregon construction industry

November 18, 2016

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Silica: OSHA publishes compliance guide for the construction industry

OSHA recently released a compliance guide meant to help small businesses in the construction industry meet the agency's requirements for exposure to crystalline silica.

Many of you will recall that federal OSHA adopted its final rules for respirable crystalline silica (one rule for the construction industry and one for general industry) in March; Oregon OSHA adopted its own set of silica rules (that apply to general industry and construction employers) in September.

While the new OSHA guide is geared to help small businesses comply with OSHA's rules, much of the information will be useful for construction employers in Oregon, including specified exposure control methods, respiratory protection, housekeeping, and the written exposure control plan.

Oregon OSHA's silica rules become effective July 1, 2018. The medical surveillance requirements for general industry employers become effective July 1, 2020.

 

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