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OSHAs General Industry Silica Standard 29CFR1910.1053 enforcment begins on June 23, 2018.
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" Most provisions of the Respirable Crystalline Silica standard for general industry and maritime, 29 CFR § 1910.1053, become enforceable on June 23, 2018. The standard establishes a new 8-hour time-weighted average (TWA) permissible exposure limit (PEL) of 50 µg/m3, an action level (AL) of 25 µg/m3, and associated ancillary requirements.
During the first 30 days of enforcement, OSHA will assist employers that are making good faith efforts to meet the new standard's requirements. If upon inspection, it appears an employer is not making any efforts to comply, compliance officers should conduct air monitoring in accordance with Agency procedures, and consider citations for non-compliance with any applicable sections of the new standard. Any proposed citations related to inspections conducted in this 30-day time period will require National Office review prior to issuance. Additionally, to ensure effective implementation and uniform enforcement of the new standard, OSHA has developed interim inspection and citation guidance to be released in the coming weeks." -www.OSHA.gov
OSHA intends to explore possible areas of its lead standards for revision to improve the protection of workers in industries and occupations where preventable exposure to lead occurs. The agency plans to publish an advance notice of proposed rulemaking that would seek input from the public to help OSHA consider regulatory options to lower blood lead levels in affected workers. OSHA anticipates the ANPRM will be published in January 2019.