As you’re probably aware if you’re in the construction industry, last year OSHA issued a much stricter requirement for the new permissible exposure level (PEL) of silica dust. The enforcement date for this rule is September 23, 2017.
OSHA recognizes the requirements for compliance are aggressive (engineering controls, housekeeping, sampling, and analyzing). So, the rule provides a “safe harbor” provision as an alternative way to become compliant.
Essentially, as long as employers fully and properly implement OSHA’s specified control measures for construction tasks, they will be considered in compliance with the rule.
On April 26, we’ll be hosting a free webinar to provide building & construction business owners and employees with:
- A brief overview of the silica dust issue
- Introduction to the safe harbor provision
- Review of tasks and control methods covered in the provision
- Best practices for complete compliance