The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published a guide to help businesses comply with its new standard on exposure to respirable crystalline silica dust, a known carcinogen that can lead to silicosis, a lung disease.
OSHA estimates that 2.3 million workers are exposed to the dust, including 2 million construction workers. The booklet advises that the standard, published this June and effective in June 2018, is not a regulation and “it neither creates new legal obligations nor alters existing obligations created by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards or the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act).”
The guide is for general industry and maritime. A separate standard and guide is available for the construction industry.