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Silica Compliance


On March 26, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published its respirable crystalline silica rule for construction workers.  It became effective September 23, 2017.  The transportation construction industry is significantly affected, with fines for alleged failure to comply totaling over $300,000 in one recent case.

To assist members and the industry understand and comply with the regulation, ARTBA provides these industry-focused training modules.

They are a resource guide to help employers and employees comply the standard and are intended to provide general information, tools, and resources to assist in improved workplace health and safety. They highlight components of the Silica Standard and present suggested procedures that may be applicable in work environments of the transportation construction industry.

Each module is compiled from resources available from key organizations involved in the construction industry.  Resources used are cited in the end of each module and are found as links on each page.

It is important to read and understand the entire regulation before attempting any work involving respirable crystalline silica.

It is the employer’s responsibility to comply with regulations set forth in the OSHA standards and the Occupational Safety and Health Act. In providing this resource guide, ARTBA and its staff and officers are not responsible for an employer’s duty to provide its workers with a safe and healthful workplace and are not responsible for the actions or employer-related compliance with this or any other standard. The resource guide is intended for general informational purposes only, and not as a substitute for specific advice from a qualified professional. No warranty is made regarding these materials.

Training Modules:

This module is an overview resource guide for using OSHA’s Silica Standard for exposure control methods. This module provides general information, tools, and resources to help guide silica compliance using Table-1 specified exposure control methods and alternative exposure control methods. The module contains frequently asked questions (FAQs) and provides answers compiled from various resources and organizations.
This module is an overview resource guide to determine the presence of silica in the workplace. It presents suggested procedures for determining the presence of silica in work materials and tasks that produce silica dust.
This module is an overview resource guide for controlling worker exposures to silica. It presents suggested procedures in engineering controls, work practice controls, and the proper use of PPE to control worker exposures to silica.
This module is an overview resource guide on employee information and training requirements of the Silica Standard. It presents suggested information and procedures to guide employers in providing the proper information and training to their employees.
This module is an overview resource guide on the written exposure control plan. It presents components of the written exposure control plan that describe the work tasks and work place areas where exposures occur and what actions will be done to eliminate/reduce exposure. The module also provides resources to help create a silica exposure control plan.