OSHA’s New Final Rule on Crystalline Silica Dust

Crystalline Silica Dust - face maskThe Safety and Risk Management Council (SRMC) of the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC), St. Louis, has published a new Safety Bulletin: OSHA’s New Final Rule on Crystalline Silica Dust.

The New Rule went into effect June 23, 2016 but allows a one year leeway for the industry to fully comply. The ruling cuts the Permissible Exposure Level (PEL) by half, a significant change that concrete trades need to prepare for. It also increases the amount of medical exams and recordkeeping required.

ASCC Safety Bulletins are brief discussions of the most severe safety issues facing concrete contractors and are published periodically. Contractors receive a complete set of Bulletins when they join the organization. They are available for sale to non-members.

About The Safety and Risk Management Council

The Safety and Risk Management Council (SRMC) is a specialty council that dedicates itself to making ASCC contractors the safest in the industry. The Council board consists of safety and insurance professionals from all aspects of the concrete contracting industry. Council activities include publication development and review and monitoring of ASCC events and materials for safety compliance. It also includes member education, a safety awards program, and a safety/insurance hotline.

About the ASCC

The ASCC is a non-profit organization that dedicates itself to enhancing the capabilities of those who build with concrete and to providing them a unified voice in the construction industry. Members include concrete contracting firms, manufacturers, suppliers and others interested in the concrete industry, such as architects, specifiers and distributors. There are approximately 720 member companies in the United States and 12 foreign countries. For more information, either visit the web site www.ascconline.org or call (866) 788-2722.

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