The Industrial Hygiene Practice Specialty of the American Society of Safety Professionals recently released a Silica Resource Guide for Contractors. The goal of the Silica Resource Guide is to help contractors, safety professionals, and other stakeholders better understand the requirements of 29 CFR 1910.1053 and 29 CFR 1926.1153.
The guide, while brief, is full of useful links to help employers navigate the updated regulations, with an easy to use FAQ format. For example:
Question: What is Table 1 and how is it applied?
Answer: Table 1 is a tool provided in the OSHA silica construction standard that lays out specific tasks common to the construction industry and describes ways to control employee exposure to silica. Examples include wet methods and dust collection vacuum attachments. The intent was to provide practical solutions to reduce exposures to respirable crystalline silica (RCS). OSHA has also created detailed fact sheets for Table 1 operations that may be helpful to your operations. OSHA plans to make additions to Table 1 and will reopen comments later in 2018, pending the regulatory agenda calendar.
The Silica Resource Guide provides silica-related resources on:
- OSHA and Organizational resources
- Table 1 interpretation
- Air sampling requirements
- Objective data
- Medical surveillance
- Respiratory protection
- OSHA interpretations and enforcement guidance, and