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OSHA Issues New Silica Rule FAQs

Monday, August 27, 2018

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced on Wednesday (Aug. 22) that new frequently asked questions and training videos on the use of respirable crystalline silica in construction were recently published to the agency’s website.

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OSHA, working in collaboration with industry and labor organizations, created the FAQs to provide employers and workers with guidance on the standard’s requirements.

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced on Wednesday (Aug. 22) that new frequently asked questions and training videos on the use of respirable crystalline silica in construction were recently published to the agency’s website.

Six new training videos have also been uploaded to the website, instructing users on how to control exposure to silica dust when working in construction, or using construction equipment. Topics covered include: handheld power saws, jackhammers, drills and grinders.

Other resources recently published include a customizable slide presentation for training workers and a five-minute video on protecting employees from silica dust.

In January, OSHA released more than a dozen fact sheets that cover more specific topics such as handling dust controls for crushing machines, dowel drilling rigs and drivable saws. The fact sheets also include information on heavy equipment used during demolition; heavy equipment used for grading and excavating; small and large drivable drilling machines; rig-mounted core saws; vehicle-mounted drilling rigs and walk-behind milling machines and floor grinders.

   

Tagged categories: Abrasive blasting; Government; OSHA; Regulations; Silica; Silica rule

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