Full enforcement with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s new respirable crystalline silica rule in the construction industry began on October 23, 2017, according to the agency. The silica rule is one of the most comprehensive health standards ever issued for the construction industry and significantly reduces the Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) for crystalline silica.

In addition, the rule requires construction employers to implement certain engineering and work practice controls and comply with such other requirements as using medical surveillance, adopting a written exposure control plan, and following certain housekeeping practices.  To get the details, click here.