OSHA will begin enforcing its new silica rule starting September 23, and construction employers are expected to take steps now to ensure they are compliant by that date. Ultimately, workers’ allowed exposure to silica dust must be reduced from the current 250 to 50 micrograms per cubic meter over an eight-hour period. Also, employers must record instances of worker exposure and provide medical exams every three years for workers who are exposed to silica dust for long enough periods to require using a protective respirator for 30 or more days per year. Are you ready?

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