Silica

OSHA has proposed a revised silica regulation.  Key changes include a reduction to the silica Permissive Exposure Level to 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air (50 μg/m3) as well as other engineering, administrative and PPE changes.   Refer to OSHA for more information: https://www.osha.gov/silica/.

NIOSH and OSHA reference a paper published in Occupational Medicine supporting the silica causes lung cancer in humans. This supports the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) 1997 classification of silica as a human carcinogen.

Contractors demolishing, repairing, installing, and maintaining concrete, brick, block or other silica containing materials may have a respirable silica exposure when these processes generate dust.

OSHA has released a new hazard alert outlining the significant silica hazards for workers involved in manufacturing, finishing, and installing natural and manufactured stone countertops. See the OSHA Hazard Alert for silica here: https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3768.pdf.

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