OSHA Releases FAQ for Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released a set of 53 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to provide guidance to employers and employees regarding the Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard for Construction.

NECA was involved in the formulation of these FAQs through its participation in the Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC), an organization made up of 25 trade associations that represents associations from all sectors of the construction industry committed to helping create safety construction job-sites for workers.

The development of the FAQs stemmed from litigation filed against OSHA by numerous construction industry trade associations challenging the legality of OSHA’s rule. OSHA has agreed to issue a Request for Information on Table 1 to revise the table to improve its utility. NECA will continue to look for ways to work with OSHA to improve workability of this significant rule.