OSHA Announces 30-Day Enforcement Policy for the Silica Standard in Construction
Tuesday, September 20, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
issued a memorandum to OSHA Regional Administrators announcing how the Agency
will handle enforcement of the new silica standard for the construction
industry, which takes effect on September 23, 2017.
The memorandum states that during the
first 30 days of enforcement OSHA will not issue citations to contractors who
are putting forth good faith efforts in their attempt to comply with the
requirements of the new standard. For those contractors attempting to comply,
OSHA will offer compliance assistance and outreach with a focus on full and
proper implementation of the controls listed in Table 1. However, if
during an inspection it appears that a contractor is not making any effort to
comply with the requirements of the silica standard, OSHA’s inspection will
include air monitoring for exposures and the contractors may also be considered
for citations. During this time period, any proposed citations are
required to be reviewed by the National Office.
The memorandum also notes that OSHA
has developed interim inspection and citation guidance for its compliance
officers prior to the termination of the memorandum and that a compliance
directive will be issued at a later date. AGC encourages contractors who
have operations in State Plans and are covered by the silica standard, to
contact their Administrators to find out if the September 20 memorandum will be
more information, please contact Kevin Cannon at (703) 837-5410 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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