Rules + Regs

OSHA delays enforcement of crystalline silica standard

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced a delay in enforcement of the crystalline silica standard that applies to the construction industry so OSHA can conduct additional outreach and provide educational materials and guidance for employers. The agency determined additional guidance is necessary because of the unique nature of the requirements in the construction standard. Enforcement originally was scheduled to begin June 23; it now will begin Sept. 23.

OSHA expects employers in the construction industry to continue taking steps either to come into compliance with the new permissible exposure limit or to implement specific dust controls for certain operations as provided in Table 1 of the standard.

"Although the delay in enforcement is welcome, additional time is needed for a majority of employers in the construction industry to begin to comply with this significant regulation's complex requirements," says Harry Dietz, an NRCA director of enterprise risk management.