OSHA Respirable Crystalline Silica Compliance

A Solutions EHS Certified Industrial Hygienist will help your organization develop an OSHA regulation 29 CFR 1926.1153 compliant silica program.

The Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) administration will begin to enforce their new standard for respirable crystalline silica on September 23rd, 2017. This standard will affect more than 2 million construction workers with potential exposure to respirable silica dust from drilling, cutting, crushing or grinding silica-containing materials such as concrete and stone. The new standard will require construction companies to comply with the reduced permissible exposure limit (PEL) for respirable crystalline silica to 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air, averaged over an 8-hour shift. A Solutions EHS Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) will help your company:

  • Assess potential exposures to respirable crystalline silica and conduct personal breathing zone air samples to ensure compliance with the OSHA PEL;
  • Establish and properly implement engineering controls, work practices, training, and medical surveillance procedures for crystalline silica; and
  • Develop a respiratory protection program, to include respirator selection, training, medical surveillance procedures, and respirator fit testing.