Good News About the New OSHA Silica Rule

New Tool Technology Helps Simplify Compliance for Concrete Construction Contractors

On Thursday, March 24, 2016 OSHA announced their final ruling on workers’ exposure to silica dust (OSHA Standard 1910.134). The new rule -- which becomes enforceable on June 23, 2017 for the construction trades – requires any contractor who drills, cuts, crushes, or grinds concrete and stone to limit respirable silica dust to a prescribed level. OSHA estimates the new rule will save 600 lives and prevent 900 new cases of silicosis each year. OSHA also expects that net benefits will top $7.7 billion annually. In the run-up to compliance, concrete construction contractors will have to re-examine their present dust control practices. The rule enforces an assortment of new requirements.