The new Silica standard went into effect on September 23, 2017 nationally while Virginia used the July 23, 2017 date to implement the standard on a state level.

As for federal enforcement a Memorandum was sent out on September 20, 2017.  The following is a link to that memorandum:

Silica Document

Every employer still must have:

  • Their company written Silica Exposure Control Plan,
  • Training documents of all potentially exposed employees and competent persons,
  • Along with other components of the rule in place (which could include required equipment with the integrated water delivery and vacuum systems),
  • And show that you are working toward implementation of the standard.

If OSHA deems you not to be working towards compliance they may issue a citation.

A recent company quantified they have spent nearly $40,000 to be in compliance thus far.

 

 

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