U.S. Department of Labor Posts New Frequently Asked Questions and Videos

Posted: Sep 13, 2018

OSHA announced that new frequently asked questions and training videos on the standard for respirable crystalline silica in construction are now available on the agency’s website.

OSHA along with industry and labor organizations collaborated to develop FAQs to provide employers and workers with guidance on the standards requirements. A series of six videos instruct the users on methods for controlling silica dust when performing common construction tasks or operating construction equipment such as handheld power saws, jackhammers, drills, and grinders.

OSHA Extends Some Compliance Dates for GI Beryllium Standard

Posted: Sep 13, 2018

On August 8, 2018 OSHA made a final rule to extend the compliance date for the specific ancillary requirements of the general industry beryllium standard to Dec. 12, 2018.

The extension is to allow the agency to prepare a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to clarify certain provisions of the beryllium standard that would maintain the standard’s worker safety and health protections, and address employers’ compliance burdens.

The new permissible exposure limits, exposure assessment, respiratory protection, medical surveillance and medical removal, established on May 11, 2018 will not be affected by this rule, as compliance dates have already been set for 2019-2020.

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