Crystalline Silica

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

April’s Meeting Announcement

The next meeting will be held April 4, 2018 from 8 am to 10 am at the New England Institute for Technology, 2490 Post Road, Warwick, RI, 2nd floor Hall of Fame room.

We have a great line up for next Wednesday’s meeting including the following:

8:00 am Introduction
8:15 am Jane’s Wellness Tips
8:30 am RIDOH – Employer Mental Health Tool kits
8:40 am Silica Standard How is it going? What have you learned? Final review of questions to submit as part of OSHA Interpretation.
9:00 am Meet and Greet OSHA Providence Area Director, Pat Griffin and OSHA 1 Regional Administrator, Galen Blanton

Thank you to Pariseault Builders Inc. for sponsoring the Coffee and Calories.

January Meeting Announcement

The January 2018 SAFER meeting will be held on 1/3/2018 from 8am-10am in Dimeo’s meeting room located at 780 Allens Avenue, Providence, RI 02905.

The meeting will include the following:

8:00 am Introduction – Bob Kunz

  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Introduction
  • Guest
  • New Members
  • What’s new
  • Building SAFER in RI website update

8:15 am  “Jane’s Wellness Tips”

8:30 am Silica – Lisa Sullivan OSHA Region 1 Coordinator

10:00 am End

Note: Space is limited to 40 persons. Please RSVP to Bob Kunz.

November’s Meeting

The meeting will be held at New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) 2490 Post Road, Warwick, RI 2nd Floor Hall of Fame Room from 8AM-10AM. Continental breakfast served at 7:30 AM. Hope to see you there.

From Bob Kunz:


We hope that you weathered  the high winds without incident last night – I had to dodge a few branches and trash cans on the way to the office.

We have a great line-up for the November meeting, as follows:

  1. Introduction
  2. Jane’s Wellness tip for the month
  3. OSHA Silica Standard 29 CFR 1926.1153 Update
    1. On Oct 19, 2017 OSHA issued interim compliance directive – see link:
    2. OSHA ID142 – Know what to expect – see link:
    3. Objective data (OD) – many power tool manufacturers are providing OD – but does it meet the standard? And, how do you apply it?
    4. Sweeping compound
  4. Brain Injury Association of RI
  5. Lesson Learned
    1. Cranes and the FAA


March Meeting Announcement

The next SAFER meeting is March 1, 2017 in Room CT 332 at the New England Institute for Technology (NEIT), 2490 Post Road, Warwick, RI.

From Bob Kunz:


Good morning!  Are you ready?  The June 23, 2017, compliance date is right around the corner.  I have a few updates from industry association, as follows:

·         The AGC National has provided the following recommendation “At this point we are recommending that members proceed as if the rule will go into effect as is.  With the uncertainty with the silica litigation, we believe that is the right approach”, and

·         The Mason Contractors Association of America recommend “I would say there is a 95% chance the rule will begin on June 23, 2017. The only hope we really have of any delay would be Trump intervening. Even if he did, likely it would be a temporary delay. In my opinion there is a 100% chance we will see a change to our current silica rule. I do believe we will see the rule going into effect but tweaked a bit, but I believe portions of the rule will not change”.

On Wednesday we will discuss the following related to Silica rule and beyond:

  • Receive information from an OSHA industrial hygienist
  • Discuss the role of competent person
  • Review written control / exposure plan
  • Review training requirements

Please RSVP to