[vc_row gap=”30″][vc_column width=”2/3″ css=”.vc_custom_1514391309612{padding-right: 15px !important;padding-left: 15px !important;}”][vc_custom_heading text=”The New OSHA Standard on Silica and Respirable Crystalline Silica” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image=”2734″ img_size=”full”][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]To protect workers exposed to respirable crystalline silica in the workplace OSHA issued a new silica standard in 2016. This resource page will touch on the key points of the standard then provide you with links to helpful resources for additional information. If you are new to the standard or just need more information we suggest you start with OSHA’s main silica page. Their page provides a great overview and includes links to dive further into the information.

As always, Quest Safety Products is available to help you protect your workers in any environment. We understand the dangers your workers face and the safety products available to keep them safe and productive. Let us know how we can help you comply with the new silica standard. Also, for information on silica or any safety topic check out our partner Safeopedia.com.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_custom_heading text=”Regulation Standards Pages” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_separator][vc_row_inner gap=”30″][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”2743″ img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]Construction: 29 CFR 1926.1153[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”2736″ img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]General Industry and Maritime: 29 CFR 1910.1053[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space][vc_custom_heading text=”Dates For Enforcement” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_separator][vc_column_text]Both regulations took effect on June 23, 2016 but will be enforced in stages:

Construction will be enforced beginning September 23, 2017

General Industry and Maritime will be enforced beginning June 23, 2018[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_custom_heading text=”Key Points” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_separator][vc_column_text]The standard is more than just a new PEL. It includes engineering controls, a new PEL, record keeping, medical surveillance, written exposure control plans, training, and more. For the construction industry, Table 1 of the new standard identifies 18 common construction activities and the controls which are required for each activity, along with the necessary respiratory protection. The body of the standard and Appendix A specifies the requirements for sampling and analyzing jobsite air samples. Appendix B specifies the medical surveillance guidelines.

Prior to this standard the PEL was 100 µg/m3 for general industry and 250 µg/m3 for construction. With this standard the PEL for crystalline silica has been reduced to 0.05 mg/m3 (or 50 ug/m3) across all states and industries. There is also a new “Action Limit” of 0.025 mg/m3 (or 25 ug/m3). Employers whose employees have exposures exceeding the action limit, but not equaling or exceeding the PEL, will be required to comply with certain parts of the regulation.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_custom_heading text=”Industries Impacted” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_separator][vc_column_text]

  • Construction
    • Sandblasting
    • Jack hammering
    • Rock drilling, cutting, chipping or polishing
    • Brick or tile cutting and sawing
    • Concrete drilling, sawing, grinding and polishing
    • Tunneling
    • Demolition
    • Asphalt milling
    • Tuckpointing
  • Stone countertop fabrication
  • Diatomaceous earth processing
  • Pottery production
  • Foundries
  • Work on linings of rotary kilns and cupola furnaces
  • Mining
  • Glass manufacturing
  • Steel
  • Stone cutting
  • Hydraulic fracturing
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OSHA states that approximately 2.3 million people in the U.S. are exposed to silica at work. The majority of these people work in construction. Workers who inhale these very small crystalline silica particles are at increased risk of developing serious silica-related diseases, including:

  • Silicosis, an incurable lung disease that can lead to disability and death
  • Lung cancer
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Kidney disease
  • Coal workers’ pneumoconiosis (CWP) (Black Lung Disease)
  • Simple Pneumoconiosis can progress into Progressive Massive Fibrosis
  • Emphysema
  • Pulmonary tuberculosis
  • Chronic renal disease
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/12″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_custom_heading text=”Silica Assistance from 3M” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_separator][vc_column_text]Watch 3M’s webinar to learn what’s new in the US OSHA silica regulation.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image=”2688″ img_size=”full” onclick=”custom_link” img_link_target=”_blank” link=”https://goto.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1124592″][vc_empty_space][vc_custom_heading text=”Technical PDFs available for download:” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]
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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space][vc_custom_heading text=”Check out 3M’s interactive guide to respirators:” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_single_image image=”2707″ img_size=”full” onclick=”custom_link” img_link_target=”_blank” link=”https://www.3m.com/3M/en_US/worker-health-safety-us/safety-equipment/industrial-safety-products/construction-safety-products/oshasilica/”][vc_empty_space][vc_custom_heading text=”Construction Silica Competent Person Course” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]This new half-day course will provide initial training for persons designated by their construction management to act as the Silica Competent Person for their site(s) or who want to learn more about the role of the competent person under the new OSHA Construction Regulation (29 CFR 1926.1153) for Respirable Crystalline Silica. For more details click on the flyer image below.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]Topics discussed:

  • Understanding the main elements of 29 CFR 1926.1153
  • Understanding regulations elements and applying them to jobsite
    specific applications
  • Defining the roles, responsibilities, expectations and limitations of
    both the silica competent person and a qualified person within their
    company program
  • Suggested skills and capabilities for the Silica Competent Person per
    the American Industrial Hygiene Association White Paper
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_custom_heading text=”For more details on respiratory protection visit the 3M Center for Respiratory Protection” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_single_image image=”2715″ img_size=”full” onclick=”custom_link” img_link_target=”_blank” link=”https://www.3m.com/3M/en_US/safety-centers-of-expertise-us/respiratory-protection/”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_empty_space height=”60px”][vc_separator border_width=”4″][vc_empty_space height=”60px”][vc_custom_heading text=”Key Resources” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:center” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1514579227385{padding-right: 60px !important;padding-left: 60px !important;}”]

Important: When consulting online resources always consider the year the information was released. General information on silica and engineering controls may still be valid but always refer to OSHA’s 2016 standard.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height=”60px”][vc_row_inner gap=”30″][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_custom_heading text=”OSHA Links” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_separator][vc_column_text]OSHA

Health Effects Information and Resources

Construction – Standard and Resources

General Industry and Maritime – Standard and Resources

Sampling and Analysis


Training and Reference Materials[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_custom_heading text=”Downloadable PDFs” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_separator][vc_column_text]OSHA Fact Sheet: Workers’ Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica: Final Rule Overview

OSHA Fact Sheet: OSHA’s Crystalline Silica Rule: Stakeholder Participation and Changes to the Standards

OSHA Fact Sheet: OSHA’s Crystalline Silica Rule: Construction

OSHA Fact Sheet: OSHA’s Crystalline Silica Rule: General Industry and Maritime

OSHA Frequently Asked Questions: Respirable Crystalline Silica Rule (Background and Health Impacts)[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space][vc_row_inner gap=”30″][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_custom_heading text=”Silica Health Issues” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_separator][vc_column_text]More than 14,000 workers in the US have died from silicosis since 1968. From 2005 through 2014, OSHA listed silicosis as the underlying or a contributing cause of death on over 1,100 death certificates in the United States.

Health Hazard Information Card: Crystalline Silica Exposure in General Industry

“Crystalline Silica Exposure” Health Hazard Information for General Industry Employees

OSHA INFOSHEET: Respirator Medical Evaluation Questionnaire

Preventing Silicosis in Construction and Hydraulic Fracturing

The CDC’s Silica page has archived information on health issues

OSHA Quick Card on Silicosis (Effects, Symptoms, Sources, and Preventing)

OSHA’s "Stop Silicosis" Video (2016)

American Lung Association: Silicosis

Silicosis: Statistics on deaths, death rates, and years of potential life lost. 1996-2005[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_custom_heading text=”Employer Requirements” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_separator][vc_column_text]Respirable Crystalline Silica Safety

The 11 Things Construction Employers Need To Know About The New OSHA Silica Rules

OSHA’s New Crystalline Silica Standard is Now Being Enforced for Construction (also includes General Industry information)

New Respirable Silica Rule Poses Problems for Construction Industry[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space][vc_row_inner gap=”30″][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_custom_heading text=”Silica Training Material” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_separator][vc_column_text]Silica in Construction Training Materials 2017

New Silica in Construction Training from the California State Building Trades (2017) (Discusses the training solution above.)

Silica in Construction Training Kit from Washington State Dept. of Labor & Industries

Silica Dust Safety in Construction – Course 851 from OSH Academy

The Health Hazards of Silica (Quartz) in Construction[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_custom_heading text=”Engineering Controls for Silica” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_separator][vc_column_text]Effective Engineering Controls for Silica Dust (2017)

Best Practice Engineering Control Guidelines to Control Worker Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica during Asphalt Pavement Milling (2015)

Silica, Engineering Controls for Silica in Construction – Cut-off Saws – NIOSH Workplace Safety and Health Topic (2014)

CDC’s Engineering Controls for Silica in Construction (2013)

Guides for Managing Crystalline Silica Control Programs in Construction (PDF-2004)

OSHA created a set of PDFs telling how to control exposures in construction while operating specific tools. (2013):

Silica: Controlling Exposures in Construction While Operating Hand-Operated Grinders

Silica: Controlling Exposures in Construction While Operating Handheld Masonry Saws

Silica: Controlling Exposures in Construction While Operating Jackhammers

Silica: Controlling Exposures in Construction While Operating Rotary Hammers

Silica: Controlling Exposures in Construction While Operating Stationary Masonry Saws

Silica: Controlling Exposures in Construction While Operating Vehicle-Mounted Drilling Rigs

Silica: Controlling Exposures in Construction While Doing Tuckpointing/Mortar Removal[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space][vc_row_inner gap=”30″][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_custom_heading text=”Webinars” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_separator][vc_column_text]Understanding & Implementing the New Construction Silica Standard (2017)

What is the new US OSHA silica regulation?

OSHA’s New Silica Rule Webinar (2017)

Personal Silica Exposure Monitoring (2017)

New Silica in Construction Training from the California State Building Trades (2017)

Protecting Workers in Enclosed Cabs from Silica Exposure

Sampling Requirements for OSHA’s New Crystalline Silica Rule (2016)[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_custom_heading text=”Video” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_separator][vc_column_text]OSHA Silica Dust Standard (2016)

Respirable Crystalline Silica for Construction (2016)

The Heartbeat of Health and Safety Episode 10: OSHA’s New Silica Rule (2016)

OSHA Silica Rule Change – Overview for the Natural Stone Industry (2016)

Stop Silicosis (2016)

Silica Dust Extraction Vacuums 2017 Comparison – Silica Table 1 Compliant Vacs (2017)

Milwaukee® Dust Extraction Solutions (2017)

Milwaukee Silica Dust Extraction Lunch and Learn (2017)

DeWalt’s OSHA Compliant Silica Dust Solutions (2017)

Silica Safety (Good explanation of what silica does to lungs.) (2014)

Silicosis: Incurable, but Preventable[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space][vc_row_inner gap=”30″][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_custom_heading text=”Small Entity Guides” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_separator][vc_column_text]Construction

General Industry and Maritime

Small Entity Compliance Guide for the Respiratory Protection Standard (PDF)[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_custom_heading text=”eTools” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_separator][vc_column_text]Hazards of Silica in Construction eTool[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space][vc_row_inner gap=”30″][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_custom_heading text=”OSHA on General Respiratory Protection” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_separator][vc_column_text]General Guidance, Training Videos, Standards, Enforcement, Resources

Respirator Medical Evaluation Questionnaire

Respiratory Protection eTool (Basics, Change Schedules, Selection Guide)

Small Entity Compliance Guide for the Respiratory Protection Standard (PDF)[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_custom_heading text=”Archived Material” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_separator][vc_column_text]This material no longer represents OSHA Policy. It is presented here as historical content, for research and review purposes only. Only use these as starting points when creating material.

Silica eTools

Checklist for Employee Exposure Monitoring

It’s Not Just Dust! (4/15)

Silica Manager for the Construction Industry

Construction Workers Should Know: Silica – It’s More than Dust[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row]