A reprieve: OSHA’s revised silica rule became effective September 23, but the agency won’t begin issuing fines or citations to those companies that have taken steps to meet the new regulation’s requirements until October 23. The rule reduces acceptable exposure limits to airborne silica. Compliance requires a written plan, training, and in some instances, medical monitoring to manage the dust. Presumably the 30-day extension will give employers more time to comply.

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