Here are some of the key provisions in the new standard:
- A much lower permissible exposure limit for workers
- Two different compliance options, one of which doesn’t require air sampling if followed correctly
- Mandatory use of engineering controls to reduce exposures
- New medical surveillance, worker training, respirator use and competent person requirements
- Prohibitions on common work practices such as dry sweeping
If you’re a LIUNA signatory contractor and don’t already have a plan in place to comply with the silica standard, the LHSFNA’s OSH Division is here to help. Contact the Fund at 202-628-5465 for help reviewing your current program or for more information.
The Fund also offers the following silica-related publications that can help LIUNA Local Unions, training centers, signatory contractors and members learn about the hazards of silica and take steps to reduce exposures.