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  • New OSHA Silica Rule -All-Tex Supply, Inc. is ready!

    New OSHA Silica Rule -All-Tex Supply, Inc. is ready!

    What contractors need to know about OSHA’s new silica rule.

    New Silica Dust Standard

    By Kim Slowey • Aug. 22, 2017
    After a few legal fits and starts, as well as extra time for
    review and input, the Occupational Safety and Health
    Administration’s new silica standard for construction is
    scheduled to go into effect about a month from now, on
    Sept. 23.
    What that means is contractors who engage in activities that
    create silica dust — that is, respirable crystalline silica — such as
    by cutting, grinding or blasting materials like concrete, stone and
    brick, must meet a stricter standard for how much of that dust
    workers inhale. The same goes for employers of tradespeople
    working around such activities.
    The new standard also specifies what services employers must
    make available to workers who are exposed to high levels of
    silica dust and the training required of those who are at risk.
    Inhaling silica dust can lead to silicosis, an incurable lung
    disease that can be fatal if severe enough. Those with too much
    silica exposure can also develop lung cancer, kidney
    disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
    This isn’t the first time OSHA has attempted to limit exposure to
    breathable silica. The standard slated to go into effect next
    month will take over for OSHA’s first silica standard, which was
    issued in 1971 when the Department of Labor first established the
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    know about OSHA’s new silica
    rule
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    agency. The DOL has been studying silica dust and its
    relationship to worker deaths since the 1930s.
    The existing standard requires that silica dust particles, which
    are 100 times smaller than sand granules, be limited to 250
    micrograms per cubic meter of air over an average of eight hours
    — the hours of a typical work shift. The new standard reduces
    that to 50 micrograms over the same time period.
    OSHA introduced the new standard in 2013, but some OSHA
    officials have been advocating for a silica rule change for at least
    20 years, according to Joseph Paranac Jr., a Newark, NJ–based
    attorney with the law firm LeClairRyan. “Sometimes it takes a lot
    of pressure to get them to issue a new standard,” he said.
    Those who do not comply with the new standard will be subject
    to a maximum fine of $12,675 for a serious or other-than-serious
    violation; $12,675 per day past the abatement date for a failureto-
    abate violation; and $126,749 for a repeated or willful
    violation.
    What implementation entails
    OSHA has been on the receiving end of pressure from
    construction industry groups that claim the standard’s cost of
    implementation and technological limitations will put too big a
    burden on contractors. They also argue that some parts of the
    standard — like measuring the new exposure limit — are nearly
    impossible to implement.
    In addition to the exposure limits, the new rules require
    contractors to:
    1. Develop a written silica exposure control plan.
    2. Designate someone to implement the plan.
    3. Adjust housekeeping practices to maximize control of silica
    dust.
    4. Provide medical exams every three years to employees who
    are exposed to silica to the point of having to wear a
    respirator for 30 days or more each year. The exams must
    include lung-function tests and chest X-rays.
    5. Train workers on how to limit exposure to silica.
    6. Keep records of workers’ silica exposure and related medical
    treatment.
    Implementing the new rules requires an initial assessment of
    how much silica dust a company’s operations generate, Paranac
    said. If the reading falls below the level of 25 micrograms, then
    the company is not required to provide medical tests, develop a
    written plan or undertake any of the suggested engineering
    controls. The latter include wearing respirators and either
    wetting work down with tools like a wet saw or using a vacuum
    device to reduce the volume of dust.
    General contractors take the lead
    Industry-wide resistance to the new standard failed to gain
    enough traction to scuttle it. OSHA did, however, delay the rule’s
    implementation by 90 days. That was intended to give the
    agency time to offer employers additional guidance on what it
    called the “unique nature” of the requirements in the
    construction standard.
    Still, the new regulations have the potential to make life a little
    harder for general contractors, said Don Garvey, construction
    safety and health specialist at 3M, in Minneapolis. For one thing,
    OSHA is particularly concerned about subcontractors who might
    expose workers from other trades to the silica dust they
    generate, he said. This means electricians, for example, could be
    exposed to dust even though they don’t create it themselves
    through their operations. General contractors could be left
    bearing the responsibility of making sure all subcontractors
    comply with the new standard.
    “General contractors will have to be wary of it, [and] they’ll need
    to work with subcontractors to make sure the job site stays safe,”
    Garvey said.
    For all the focus on the new rule’s objectives, OSHA gives no
    step-by-step instructions to fulfilling its requirements. “They tell
    you what to do, not necessarily how to do it,” Garvey said.
    Getting help understanding the rules
    Contractors that need assistance getting their programs up and
    running can look to trade associations like the Associated
    General Contractors of America. “They have a lot of good
    information, and they have a lot of good stuff on their
    websites,” Garvey said.
    Workers’ compensation insurance carriers are another good
    resource. “They have loss-control [employees] who are safety
    and health professionals and who can help contractors review
    the situation, assess worker exposure and do training,” Garvey
    said. Such services are typically covered as a part of premium
    payments, he said.
    OSHA itself is also a good resource for contractors, particularly
    small and medium-sized ones. Garvey suggests that company
    safety officials who are still confused about how to start a safety
    program aimed at reducing silica exposure download the free
    Small Entity Compliance Guide from OSHA’s website.
    Additionally, before the silica rule goes into effect, OSHA is
    expected to publish a compliance officer guidebook, which will
    also be downloadable and free. That document will explain what
    a compliance officer will look for and why they will issue a
    citation.
    A company that makes a concerted effort to comply with the new
    rule’s requirements shouldn’t be too worried of running afoul of
    OSHA right off the bat, Paranac said. “[The violation] would
    probably have to be willful to get the maximum fine,” he said.
    “Unless they can prove that, I don’t think [they] would throw the
    book at the beginning.”
    That doesn’t mean contractors can afford to avoid compliance
    altogether. “It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that
    OSHA is going to be pretty gung-ho on this once it takes effect,”
    Paranac said.

  • New OSHA Rules on Silica effective September 23, 2017

    New OSHA Rules on Silica effective September 23, 2017

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