OSHA Begins Enforcement of New Silica Rule

Author, Alyssa Burley, Client Services Coordinator, Rancho Mesa Insurance Services, Inc.


After an initial delay and a 30-day grace period, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration‘s (OSHA) revised Crystalline Silica Rule is now in full effect. The rule became effective September 23, 2017 and OSHA allowed for a 30-day grace period for issuing fines and citations for companies who were making a good-faith effort towards meeting the new requirements. 

“The new silica rule lowers the permissible exposure limit from the current standard of 250 micrograms per cubic meter of air to 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air, averaged over an eight hour day, and an action level of 25 micrograms per cubic meter of air,” wrote Sam Clayton, Vice President of Rancho Mesa Insurance Services’ Construction Group.

OSHA has made available Interim Enforcement Guidelines and a Fact Sheet to assist companies in complying with the new requirements.

To learn more about the Crystalline Silica rule, read “Is your company prepared for OSHA’s new Silica Rule?” by Sam Clayton. 

Contact Rancho Mesa Insurance Services at (619) 937-0164 for more information.