U.S. Department of Labor Issues Memorandum Outlining Enforcement of Silica Standard for General Industry and Maritime

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Memorandum Outlining Enforcement of Silica Standard for General Industry and Maritime

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today issued a memorandum outlining the initial enforcement of the standard for respirable crystalline silica in general industry and maritime. Most provisions of the standard become enforceable on June 23, 2018. The standard establishes a new 8-hour time-weighted average permissible exposure limit, action level, and associated ancillary requirements.

During the first 30 days of enforcement, OSHA will offer compliance assistance for employers who make good faith efforts to comply with the new standard. OSHA intends to issue interim enforcement guidance until a compliance directive on the new standards is finalized. 

OSHA’s Small Entity Compliance Guide for the Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard for General Industry and Maritime discusses methods of compliance, such as using engineering and work practice controls, assessing exposure levels, respirator use, medical surveillance, and written exposure plans.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.

June’s Meeting Announcement

Team SAFER,

We are looking forward to seeing you this Wednesday.  Ken Mastrullo, President of MES Consulting will be discussing electrical safety.  Ken’s presentations are always informative and relevant.  You do not want to miss this meeting.

Remember to bring a friend or a story….

Thank you to IBEW Local 99 for sponsoring this month‘s meeting.

The meeting will run from 8-10am in the NEIT Hall of Fame room.

Trench Safety Week June 18-23

Trench Safety Stand Down

Sponsored by NUCA and NAXSA

The 2018 Trench Safety Stand Down will be held between June 18-23

The 2018 Trench Safety Stand Down is officially endorsed by OSHA and NUCA’s Trench Safety Stand Down is also sponsored by the Safety Ambassadors Club.

How to Conduct a Safety Stand Down:

Companies will conduct a Trench Safety Stand Down by taking a break to have a toolbox talk or another safety activity to draw attention to the specific hazards related to working in and around trenches/excavations. We ask that companies provide feedback about their Stand Down,  such as when it was held, how many workers participated, how you shared information with employees. NUCA will collect the information, publicize the overall total number of participants, and publish the names of the companies that held a Trench Safety Stand Down. You can find all the appropriate documentation below in TSSD Forms.