OSHA Issues New and Revised Fact Sheets on Silica

On Dec. 19, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued several fact sheets that provide guidance on the respirable crystalline silica standard for construction. The fact sheets include an overview of the silica standard as well as provide information to help employers comply. 

Please visit OSHA’s Silica Resource Page for more information.


On Oct. 19, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary Thomas Galassi issued a memorandum on Interim Enforcement Guidance for the Respirable Crystalline Silica in Construction Standard. The memo provides interim enforcement guidance to Compliance Safety and Health Officers (CSHOs) for enforcing the standard, stating:

Effective Oct. 23, 2017, OSHA will fully enforce all appropriate provisions of the Silica in Construction Standard. This memorandum will serve as interim enforcement guidance while the standard's companion compliance directive is proceeding through the review process. It will expire when the compliance directive becomes effective and available to the field.

On Oct. 25, ABC offered ABC members a webinar on the final silica rule, which is archived in ABC’s Academy

Silica remains a top priority for ABC, and we continue to have conversations with the U.S. Department of Labor. We will update you with any new developments.

For more information, read Jackson Lewis P.C.'s analysis on what employers need to know about the final rule. 

Litigation Update:

ABC, along with a coalition of construction groups, is litigating the final rule. The case is in the U.S. Appeals Court for the D.C. Circuit. 

Since the rule was proposed in 2013, ABC has voiced serious concerns with the rule and has taken the following actions: