“Approximately 2 million U.S. workers remain potentially exposed to respirable crystalline silica” according to the CDC.

If you haven’t heard OSHA regulations regarding Crystalline Silica are changing. Even though, OSHA has delayed enforcement till Sept 23, 2017, R2M Engineering would like to advise you this regulation is still citable if your company is found non-compliant during an inspection conducted before Sept 23, 2017. For more information on this subject or how to improve the safety of your workers please contact R2M Engineering at www.r2meng.com or 806-783-9944


Department of Labor, United States of America

News Release

U.S. Department of Labor  |  April 6, 2017

OSHA to delay enforcing crystalline silica standard in the construction industry

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration today announced a delay in enforcement of the crystalline silica standard that applies to the construction industry to conduct additional outreach and provide educational materials and guidance for employers.

The agency has determined that additional guidance is necessary due to the unique nature of the requirements in the construction standard. Originally scheduled to begin June 23, 2017, enforcement will now begin Sept. 23, 2017.

OSHA expects employers in the construction industry to continue to take steps either to come into compliance with the new permissible exposure limit, or to implement specific dust controls for certain operations as provided in Table 1 of the standard. Construction employers should also continue to prepare to implement the standard’s other requirements, including exposure assessment, medical surveillance and employee training.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.