November 1, 2018
OSHA is asking for input on potential changes to its respirable crystalline silica rule. The agency's pre-rule-stage request for information pertains to control measures for tasks and tools that are not currently included in the Table 1 section of the rule for construction, as well as tasks and tools around exposure to respirable crystalline silica. As the silica rule stands right now, contractors who use Table 1 control methods are not required to measure their employees' exposure and do not have to abide by the permissible exposure limits. The agency is also soliciting input on the effectiveness of dust control methods in reducing worker exposure to silica. Responses to OSHA's notice are due by December of this year. Access information on how to submit responses to OSHA here. Read more about this story here.