On September 23, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will begin to enforce their respirable crystalline silica standard for the construction industry. The standard has established a new exposure limit of 50 micrograms of respirable crystalline silica per cubic meter of air as an 8-hour Time-Weighted Average (TWA), along with a host of ancillary provisions such as establishing a written exposure control plan, housekeeping requirements, record-keeping, and medical surveillance. This is arguably one of the most complex standards the construction industry has ever faced and it impacts a wide range of industries and activities.
Do you understand how the new standard impacts your employees and operations? Have you identified and started to implement the steps required to prepare your organization for compliance? Does your team have the tools necessary to confidently transition into implementation of the standard? Companies must act now to understand the compliance requirements of the new standard and make the necessary adjustments to their operations to avoid severe penalties.
Join the AGC of America Safety & Health staff and other industry professionals as they take a deeper dive into complying with the new standard. Here’s what you can expect:
- Status updates on the AGC-backed silica litigation.
- Introduction to respirable crystalline silica – its characteristics, sources, and health effects.
- Overview of the new requirements.
- Hear from industry peers already implementing compliance strategies.
- Review of AC-developed and other compliance resources.
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