OCCUSAFE CONSTRUCTION UPDATE
Monthly Round Up of Important Ideas and Standards in
Industrial Hygiene and Safety
IN THIS ISSUE: Interim Enforcement Guidance for Respirable Crystalline Silica for Construction
- Where employers fully comply with Table 1 of the standard, there is no requirement to collect air samples.
- If there are additional tasks listed in Table 1 or if the employer has not implemented necessary engineering, work practices, and respiratory protection, air sampling is required.
- The employer may choose the performance option but must provide objective data that their controls are effective. These will be reviewed by the CSHO.
- The employer may also choose the scheduled monitoring option that includes initial and periodic air sampling. This data will also be reviewed by the CSHO.
- Where the employer has fully implemented the provisions of Table 1, the company will not be cited.
- However, if the employer has not fully implemented Table 1 and has not conducted an exposure assessment, citations will be issued by the CSHO.
In 2018, the Respirable Crystalline Silica in Construction standard should be in full swing. Employers who have not fully implemented their program should make sure it is a priority in their safety goals for the new year.
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